Kate and Prince William tip for Windsor house ‘swap’ with Fergie and Prince Andrew | royal | New
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have been tipped to move closer to the Queen in Windsor while keeping their offices at Kensington Palace. It has been reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are considering Adelaide Cottage, which incorporates parts of the original Royal Lodge. The rebuilt version of Royal Lodge is currently the home of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, but royal commentator Rachel Bowie has suggested a swap could take place after Fergie bought a new property in Mayfair.
The Royally Obsessed host said: “It’s at Grosvenor Estate, which oddly enough is owned by the Duke of Westminster, who happens to be godfather to Prince George and friend to William and Kate.
“The speculation is that they didn’t pay full price for it and got a good deal because, ‘hey, help my aunt, she needs a house.’
“It’s interesting because there’s a lot of talk about the Cambridges moving to the Royal Lodge.
“Supposedly Andrew and Fergie are staying at the Royal Lodge for the time being, but if they had this other house, the plan is maybe they could move into this location in Mayfair and the Cambridges could move into the Royal. Lodge? Who knows.”
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They would also benefit from being close to Her Majesty as well as other members of the Royal Family and Kate’s own parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.
Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, live in nearby Bagshot Park with their children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.
And Princess Eugenie has rented Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Frogmore Cottage with her husband Jack Brooksbank when he’s not staying in Portugal.
According to a source close to the couple, Kate and William are “extremely excited” about the move to Windsor.
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They told US Weekly: “The whole family is extremely happy to be moving to Windsor.
“Not just because it will bring them closer to the Queen, but it’s a happy medium that brings them closer to London than if they chose to settle full-time in Berkshire or Amner Hall.”
The insider added: “They will still be able to enjoy these places, of course, but being in Windsor they are only 20 miles from central London and Buckingham Palace.
“And it’s a beautiful environment full of history and such a special place to call home.”