Kate and Prince William set sight on special home ‘steeped in history’ for Windsor move


KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are reported to be considering a move away from London, with suggestion that the couple is now looking at a Windsor property “steeped in history.”

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William currently live in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace with their three children. The couple have also been granted use of a country pile in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, where they spent a majority of the first lockdown with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. But speculation has been rife about the Cambridges considering a move to Windsor to be closer to the Queen, with commentators speculating about which properties might host the family of five.

The publication noted the home, located in Shrubs Hills, is “steeped in history” and is deeply linked with the history of the modern Royal Family.

Fort Belvedere served as the main residence of King Edward VIII before he ascended the throne.

The house was extensively renovated during Edward’s tenure and it was a known party spot.

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Kate and William are rumoured to be considering a move to Windsor (Image: GETTY)

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Fort Belvedere was home to Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson (Image: GETTY)

Edward’s lover and future wife, Wallis Simpson, moved into the property and only moved out after receiving a series of threatening messages.

Wallis left the house in December 1936, a week before King Edward VIII signed the abdication papers at the same house.

Discussing Kate and Prince William’s potential move to Windsor, a source told the Daily Mail: “Anmer Hall made sense when William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia and he was useful for Christmases in Sandringham, but it doesn’t really work anymore.

“It’s a bit too far for the weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are looking at options in the region.”

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Kate and Prince William currently reside in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace (Image: GETTY)

However, commentators earlier this year suggested the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may wait until Prince Charles becomes king before moving out of Kensington Palace.

Prince Charles is believed to be set on keeping Clarence House as his official residence once he succeeds the Queen, which would leave Buckingham Palace open to new tenants.

The List reported: “Once Prince William becomes King, their residence will change.

“Obviously they’ll still live in a palace, but their upgrade will be a lot bigger and whole lot more prestigious.”

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Kate and Prince William also have use of Anmer Hall, in Norfolk (Image: GETTY)

They continued: “The family could actually move to Buckingham Palace before William becomes King since his father Prince Charles is reportedly planning on staying at Clarence House when he becomes King.”

But before delving into potential relocation plans, Prince William and Kate moved their brood to Scotland to spend time with the Queen before schools reopen next week.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Balmoral last week to begin their first family get-together with Her Majesty and Prince Charles since the death of Prince Philip in April.

A royal insider said: “William, Kate, and the children have been enjoying some family time in Scotland and they have just spent some special time with the Queen.

“They always enjoy going up to Balmoral, they love the outdoors and walking in the hills and spending quality time with family. It’s where William spent a lot of his childhood and it’s important to him that his children experience what he did as a young boy.”


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