The Queen wants to keep her family close — which is why she has lined up a late-Georgian country house a mere two miles east of Sandringham House for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A generous gesture, but a tad icky as well. It’s the place where Prince Charles would cheat on William’s mother, Princess Diana, with Camilla Parker Bowles.
Nevertheless, the Queen is ready to hand over the keys of Anmer Hall to Wills and Kate, which has been “earmarked” for the expectant couple. According to the Daily Mail, Prince William has fond memories of the place where he spent holidays as a kid, exploring the 10-bedroom property and its grounds. But it’ll also be a reminder of his dad’s affair with Camilla. Out of the 150 or so properties on the state the Queen owns, she wants to give her grandson that one? Awk-ward.
The house, however, won’t be ready for Wills, Kate and their child for another four years, reports the Mail, because it is currently being leased by random guy, James Everett, until March 2017. Though I’m sure if push came to royal shove, the kitchen and timber company owner would vacate the premises if another place was conveniently found for him.
The Duke and Duchess are waiting for renovations to be completed on Nottingham Cottage, their one-bedroom home in the grounds of Kensington Palace, and are currently living in a rented farmhouse on Anglesey. But later this year, Will and Kate will move into a revamped five-bedroom apartment inside the palace itself, while Prince Harry will live in the cottage.
Having the Queen’s entire family in and around the Sandringham Estate is probably ideal, and not just for the obvious reasons. Even though it’s open to the public, the paparazzi are no longer permitted to photograph the Royal family there, so Kate can relax and not have to worry about camera-wielding jerks climbing trees to get a shot of her and/or William. And best of all, they can introduce their Royal baby on their own terms.