If the thought of escape tunnels and top secret rooms springs to mind visions of spy movies, then you’re not alone. Surprisingly though, you’ll find both of those at Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Kensington Palace home – although, we’re sorry to disappoint, there’s no action-filled spy thriller on the cards here.

 

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge currently split their time between their country home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, and their four-storey apartment at Kensington Palace. But, hidden behind the lavish decor is a “top secret panic room”, designed to keep them and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, safe.

 

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“Kate and William’s royal apartment at Kensington Palace includes a panic room with an air filtration system, guarding against biological warfare, and an escape tunnel,” revealed the Global Citizen.

 

 

As for why the Cambridge’s have such a state-of-the-art protection system, the answer is pretty clear – given that both Prince William and Prince George will one day sit on the throne. It makes sense then, that other members of the Royal Family have similar set ups at their homes too, including Her Majesty the Queen, who has a panic room at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

 

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“The royal panic rooms are designed to withstand poison gas, bombs or terrorists attacks; they are equipped with secure communications, beds, washing equipment and enough food and water for the royals to survive for at least a week,” the Global Citizen added, noting that the Queen’s panic rooms are “encased in 18 inch thick, bullet-resistant, fire-retardant steel walls.”

 

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t’s likely that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a similar security set-up at their home in California, too. The couple are particularly invested in their security, with Prince Harry recently admitting that he feels the UK is not a “safe” place for himself and his family to be.

 

 

In fact, earlier this month the Duke of Sussex announced he is seeking a judicial review of the Home Office’s refusal to allow him to privately fund police protection for himself and his family when they’re in the UK.

 

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A legal representative for Prince Harry confirmed that he wants his wife, Meghan Markle and children, Archie (two) and Lilibet (seven months), to be safe in the UK, but that it’s too dangerous without adequate police protection, “Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life,” a statement from his legal team read. “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk.”

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