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Now that Prince Charles has leveled up to King Charles, everyone’s been assuming that he’ll move into Buckingham Palace. Oh, and that Prince William and Kate Middleton would move into Windsor Castle. But that may not be the case.
Charles doesn’t want to move into Buckingham Palace until it’s undergone a £369 million renovation (which will take a full five years), and instead, he’s just using it as the world’s biggest office while he and Queen Camilla live at Clarence House. Meanwhile, Kate and William have no interest in moving to Windsor because they recently moved into nearby Adelaide Cottage with their kids and don’t want to further disrupt their routine. As a source told The Sun, “It was previously said that William and Kate would move into Windsor Castle, but there are no plans for them to leave Adelaide Cottage.”
This marks a huge shift from Queen Elizabeth, who spent the week in Buckingham Palace and weekends in Windsor. But thanks to King Charles wanting to stay at Clarence House, both properties are just…sitting there.
Which brings us to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The Sun noted that a “vacant Windsor Castle opens the prospect of Prince Harry and Meghan moving there, should they decide to return to the UK.” It seems slightly unlikely considering they already have Frogmore Cottage (which is on Windsor grounds), but the two were “previously disappointed” not to move into Windsor Castle after their wedding.
The Sussexes’ plans were previously confirmed in Katie Nicholl’s The New Royals. In an excerpt published in the Daily Mail, Lady Elizabeth Anson told Nicholl that while the couple had hoped to have a “suite of apartments” in Windsor Castle, the Queen offered Frogmore instead.
“The cottage was a big deal,” Lady Elizabeth said. “The Queen’s entrance into the gardens is right next to their cottage. It is essentially her backyard, her solitude, and her privacy. She was giving that up in gifting Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage. We all thought it was very big of her. She said, ‘I hope they’ll respect it.’”
It would truly be a shock if Meghan and Harry moved back to England, but we’ll see what happens!
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