Prince William and Kate Middleton downsized to a smaller home this summer, according to royal insiders, replacing their spacious residences at Kensington Palace and Amner Hall with a four-bed house.
The family of five is believed to be preparing to stay near the Queen at Adelaide Cottage, in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The modest four-bedroom cottage is just a stone’s throw from Her Majesty’s Berkshire Castle, which she formally built last year, tucked away from life at Buckingham Palace.
Cambridge is also expected to live in the house without staff living with them, due to the less spacious layout of the cottage.
The family spends most of the year in Kensington Palace Apartment 1A, which is in an epic central London location, with more than 20 rooms and four floors.
Then for school holidays and much-needed time away from life in London, Kate, William and the kids head to Norfolk to spend time at Amner Hall, a ten-bedroom country retreat, pool and tennis court on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
Cambridge shared an insight into life on their healthy escape from Norfolk when the Duke and Duchess celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in April 2021, sharing an adorable video of the family frolicking on the beach and in the green surrounding Ameener Hall.
Along with reports that Cambridge is keen to be near the Queen at Windsor Castle in order to support her amid occasional mobility issues, a royal insider has claimed that Kate and William have been eager to switch to a low-key living situation for a while. .
“Kate and William were very keen on getting a modest home to start their new life in Windsor. Adelaide Cottage fits the bill because it is a four-bedroom home and they no longer need more due to their lack of resident staff,” the insider is said to have told The Sun.
“They were adamant that they didn’t want anything flashy or anything that needed refurbishment or extra security so it wouldn’t be a burden on the taxpayer.”