Prince William and his wife Kate will leave central London to settle in the more bucolic neighborhood of Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II resides, a choice dictated by the interests of their children, their services announced on Monday .
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will move into Adelaide Cottage, a house near the castle, 35km west of the capital. In this pavilion, the family will be close to the 96-year-old sovereign, including 70 years of reign, underlined a source close to the couple, who lived so far at Kensington Palace.
“It’s a decision that both parents made to give their children as normal a start in life as possible”explained a source close to the couple, quoted by the agency Press Association. “They wanted to be able to give George, Charlotte and Louis a bit more freedom than in central London”according to the same source.
At their Kensington residence, the princes could hardly play in their garden without being seen.
George, nine, is third in the line of succession after his grandfather Charles, 73, and his father William. He, his sister Charlotte (seven years old) and his brother Louis (four years old) will be educated in a private school located on an area of 21 hectares. Lambrook, located 20 minutes by car from Windsor, offers a boarding school, but they will be day school.
The rental of the Adelaide Cottage at the royal estate and the move will be paid by the couple from their personal funds, as will the school fees of the three children, estimated at 53,000 pounds (62,500 euros) per year. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, will nevertheless retain their base in Kensington, a place of work and representation as is Buckingham Palace for the Queen. They also enjoy two other estates: Anmer Hall, a ten-room residence located in Norfolk (east), and Tam-Na-Ghar, a holiday home near the royal castle of Balmoral in Scotland.
The formalization of the move to Windsor, which had been rumored for months, coincides with the 25th anniversary of the death of William’s mother, Princess Diana, in a road accident in Paris. His younger brother Harry lives in the United States with his wife Meghan and their two young children.
But their offices and charity empire will continue to operate from London, with the couple returning several days a week for work. For all intents and purposes, however, Adelaide Cottage will be their primary, day-to-day residence.
During the various meetings organized with his staff about his move, Prince William insisted that he did not wish to reproduce his youth. “Prince William has forgiven his father and the relationship between them is stronger than it has been for some time, but it has been made very clear to all that he will not repeat the way he was brought up in his childhood”, says a royal source. And to specify: “It is also Prince William who will be in charge of dropping his children off at school every morning.”
According to the YouGov institute, William, increasingly present in public while Queen Elizabeth had to be less active due to fragile health, is the most popular of the “royals” behind his grandmother, with 66% of favorable opinions.