What, pray tell, do you get a two-year-old for his birthday? A toy train? A stuffed animal? What about if that toddler in question is none other than the little royal prince, a.k.a. Prince George? You know, the little dude who keeps stealing the show everywhere he goes?
Well if you’re Prince Charles, you obviously get him a lavish playhouse. Not just any playhouse either, but a castle-like one in Charles’ famed gardens at his Highgrove estate.
There’s sentimental value to the mini-palace — it’s the same spot that George’s pops, Prince William, and his uncle, Prince Harry, played in when they were wee lads. In fact, the original structure was first put in place back in 1989 for William’s seventh birthday.
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At that time, original designer William Bertram interviewed the brothers about what they’d love to see included in their fort. “I want it to be as high as possible so I can get away from everyone and I want a rope ladder which I can pull up so no-one can get at me,” William said at the time.
We suppose even seven-year-olds need a break from the paparazzi, right?
In addition to the tree house Charles also had a $31,239 hand-made artisan shepherd’s hut installed in his gardens. Think a shepherd’s hut complete with a bed, woodburner and French oak wooden floors, along with a wildflower meadow. You know, to frolic in when he gets a little bit older.
WATCH: See George’s $31,000 hut!
If you ask us, this is a brilliant response to the rumours that Charles never gets to see his grandson, having been reportedly cut out of so many key moments in his life so far. Now the little prince has every excuse to visit his gramps, including to see how much the Balsam Polar they planted there together has grown.
Who knows, maybe George will finally be the green-thumb heir that Charles — whose love of gardening is well documented — has always wanted.