Prince William and Kate Middleton will soon be welcoming new neighbors to Kensington Palace.
According to reports, Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, and his wife Birgitte are moving out of their longtime residence at Apartment 1 in Kensington Palace. In case you didn’t know, the Cambridges happen to live right next door in Apartment 1A.
Prince Richard, the Queen’s cousin, and his wife moved into the palace way back in 1972, Insider reported. The couple raised their three children in the sprawling 21 room apartment over the last several decades. However, now that their kids are all grown and left the nest, the couple is looking to downsize.
In fact, Richard and Birgitte are already on the move. Royal Central reported there were moving vans outside the home late last week. They are reportedly just moving across Kensington Palace’s property and into the smaller residence known as The Old Stables. That residence, Royal Central explained, recently went through a $493,000 renovation project for the royal couple.
Now, all that’s left to do is figure out exactly who may be moving into Apartment 1 in their place. Though that information hasn’t been officially released just yet, Insider theorized Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank could upgrade from the Ivy Cottage and move in. Or, her sister Princess Beatrice and her fiance, Edoardo Mozzi, could make the move. There is also the option of William and Kate expanding their own home to include Apartment 1 as well. After all, they are now a family of five and may need all that space for themselves.
Though you need to be a royal to live next door to Prince William and Kate in Kensington, you don’t need to be a royal to move in next to their weekend home in Norfolk, England. In August, the home across the street from the royal’s weekend getaway was available for rent for just $850 a month.