Prince William is moving his family to a new home, and it will be a low-key new life, with no permanent residence of members of the royal family.
Prince William moves his family to a four-bed house on the Windsor estate.
Adelaide Cottage does not need additional taxpayer-funded security or costly repairs.
William and Kate are hoping to move in this summer as the house doesn’t need expensive repairs, unlike the $4.19 million Prince Harry and Meghan spent on nearby Frogmore Cottage.
This means that their 8-year-old George, 7-year-old Charlotte and 4-year-old Louis can go to a local school together in the fall.
Sun also understands that there will be no permanent staff, and assistants will travel to Windsor.
Meanwhile, Anmer Hall in Norfolk will remain the family’s country retreat, and they will use their Kensington Palace suite as staff offices.
A source said: “Kate and William really wanted a modest home to start their new life in Windsor.
“Adelaide Cottage fits the bill because it’s a four bedroom home and they don’t need more as they don’t have full time staff.
“They were adamant they didn’t want anything too flashy or anything that needed repairs or extra security so as not to be a burden on the taxpayer.
“The added bonus is that they can send George, Charlotte and Louis together to the local school. The three children will enjoy running and playing in the garden, which is the kind of life they enjoy so much at Anmer Hall.
“They had no other requirements than a pleasant family home close to the schools and the Queen.
“They will pay rent from their personal account. All they have to do is move some of their cherished furniture and possessions. The whole family is looking forward to moving in this summer and starting a new chapter in their life together in Windsor.”
Queen Mobility Issues
William, 39, and Kate, 40, wanted to live closer to the 96-year-old queen, who struggles with mobility issues.
The Cambridges have already spent a happy weekend playing on the grounds of nearby Frogmore House with their dog Orla.
And royal experts say that Her Majesty will be glad to see them on a regular basis.
Ingrid Seward, Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine, said: “Both his family and the Queen are delighted to have them living so close. William was always close to his grandmother and when he was a boy at Eton he had weekly tea with the Queen.
“The Queen needs more people like William around her. She is very often alone, except for the staff, and therefore will be glad that William, Kate and her three great-grandchildren will be ten minutes away.
“If one morning she wants to go to church or she needs help, then the whole family will come to her.
“The family was very limited in what they could do during the week at Kensington Palace. In Windsor, children will have enough space to play and walk the dog.
“They will thrive in the privacy of Windsor and be close to schools. This cottage is very different from Harry and Meghan, who spent a fortune on Frogmore Cottage, and shows that William and Kate are happy to lead a modest life.”
Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, came under fire after spending $4.19 million of taxpayer money on nearby Frogmore Cottage before leaving royal duty to live in California.
Pair Soho House guest designer Vicki Charles to make the house fit their tastes.
The work included underfloor heating, a copper tub, garden barbecue and vegan paint.
They barely spent six months there before handing over the keys to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank in October 2020.
But they decided extend the lease in April for another 12 months, giving them a foothold at Windsor. They had a party there with friends when they returned for the Queen’s anniversary.
In contrast, Adelaide Cottage has been refurbished as recently as 2015.
The master bedroom is said to have preserved golden dolphins and rope decorations on the ceiling, recycled from a 19th-century royal yacht.
It boasts a Greco-Egyptian marble fireplace, but is generally quite modest and reserved.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace declined to comment.
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