KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have been feeling “a bit claustrophobic” at their current London residence, a royal biographer has claimed. Kate and Prince William moved with their children into Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace in 2017. The Cambridges’ previous main residence was Anmer Hall near the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
This relocation came on the same year the Duke of Cambridge gave up his job as air ambulance pilot in Norfolk to focus his full attention and working efforts on his charitable causes and supporting the Crown. Five years later, one royal expert has claimed the family of five is feeling “a bit claustrophobic” in London.
Speaking about what the future may hold for Kate as she prepares to become the next Princess of Wales, royal biographer Katie Nicholl said a new home for the Cambridges may be “on the cards”. She told OK! magazine: “A family move to Windsor is also on the cards. “William and Kate want to be on hand to support the Queen as much as possible and for her to spend time with her great-grandchildren.
“For some time they have felt a bit claustrophobic at Kensington Palace and they have been looking at schools in Windsor.” Moving to Windsor would also be particularly significant for the Duchess of Cambridge on a more personal level, the expert noted. She said: “And being in Berkshire would mean Kate is closer to her own family.” Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton live in Bucklebury Manor, a seven-bedroom Grade II-listed Georgian property in Berkshire.
At the moment, Kate and Prince William are mainly based in London. Their elder son and daughter, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, attend Thomas’s Battersea school, while Prince Louis is a little student at Willcocks Nursery.
However, the Cambridges often spend their weekends and holiday breaks at Anmer Hall.
During the lockdowns between 2020 and 2021, the Cambridges remained based in Norfolk and remained in touch with their charities and associations via video link. Anmer Hall has been the second house where Kate and William have lived since getting married in 2011. After their nuptials a decade ago, the pair lived for a few years in Anglesey, where William worked as a member of the RAF Search & Rescue team.
Ms Nicholl also said Kate, who turned 40 this month, will, in the immediate future, likely split her working time between supporting the Crown and her projects with the Royal Foundation. She said: “We can expect to see much more of her out and about, alone and with William.
“This is her opportunity to lay real foundations for the future through the work of the Royal Foundation, which she sees as her legacy project. “We will also see the Cambridges taking on more politically sensitive tours in place of Her Majesty – becoming the nation’s new ‘weapons of soft diplomacy’.”
Kate, who became the Duchess of Cambridge upon marrying Prince William, is expected to take on the title of Princess of Wales once Prince Charles becomes King. This would surely be a poignant moment for the Duke, as the title was last held by his late mother Princess Diana. Once he accedes to the throne, Kate will become Queen Consort.