Kate and William heartbreak: Royals to be forced to cut use of ‘beloved’ gift from Queen

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KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William may be forced to give up more “fun” aspects of royal life as the weight of their duties increases the closer they get to the throne, a new report has claimed.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have increased the load of engagements they carry out on behalf of the Royal Family as the Queen and Prince Charles remained in isolation because of the coronavirus. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have ramped up their advocacy efforts to support NHS staff and social carers take care of their mental health during the outbreak all the while juggling homeschooling their elder children, George and Charlotte, in their country home at Anmer Hall, which was a wedding present from the Queen. The pair have been advised to enjoy their country retreat with their family now as they are likely to have little time for Anmer Hall the more duties they take on.

Online magazine The Talko reported: “There are definitely some benefits to moving up in the ranks, like having access to income from the Duchy of Cornwall.

“But not all of the changes will be fun for Prince William and Kate.

“They love spending time with their family in Anmer Hall, which was a wedding present from the Queen herself.

“But most of the time they reside in an apartment within Kensington Palace, which is a much more convenient location when it comes to performing royal duties.”

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Kate and William are expected to accede to the throne in the future (Image: BBC)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken on more and more duties in recent years (Image: GETTY)

The magazine added: “When Prince Charles takes the throne, it’s likely William and Kate will spend a lot more time in Kensington Palace instead of being able to escape to Anmer Hall.”

However, royals have long built up strong connections with the dozens of residences the Royal Family owns or has in use throughout the country.

The Queen is known to have a fondness for Windsor Castle, where she is currently sheltering with Prince Philip, and was left devastated when a fire ravaged the castle in 1992.

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall have their family home at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire but have their official residence at Clarence House in London whenever they are on duty.

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Kate and William have doubled efforts to advocate for better mental health discourse during the lockdown (Image: GETTY)

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Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis clapping for the NHS in the garden at Anmer Hall (Image: KENSINGTON PALACE)

Kate and William will therefore have the opportunity to spend time with their three young children at Anmer Hall but the chances may be fewer the closer they are to become King and Queen Consort.

The three-storey, 10-bedroomed property in Norfolk was a wedding gift from the Queen to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge upon their marriage in April 2011.

The Cambridges regularly spend time in their country home and are believed to spend part of their Christmas holidays there as well due to the proximity to the Queen’s winter residence, Sandringham.

Anmer Hall was previously the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Kent for over 18 years but Her Majesty’s cousin and his wife later left the home and rented for nearly ten years by Hugh van Cutsem, a close friend to Prince Charles.

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Anmer Hall was a gift to Kate and William when they married in 2011 (Image: GETTY)

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Kate and William have their official residence at Kensington Palace (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Mr van Cutsem’s youngest sons, Nicholas van Cutsem and William van Cutsem, are the godparents of Prince Louis and Prince George respectively.

Florence van Cutsem, Nicholas’ daughter, served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018.

Her cousin Grace, daughter to Hugh van Cutsem, was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton nine years ago.

Anmer Hall served as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s main home whilst Prince William served as an air ambulance pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance and underwent a £1.5 million refurbishment paid-for with private royal funds. 

Source: EXPRESS CO UK