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Prince William and Kate Middleton ‘will move to Berkshire and start a quiet life in the country’ because they recognise at ‘this stage in their life suburbia makes perfect sense’, a source has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who currently split their time between their London home Kensington Palace and their weekend home Amner Hall in Norfolk plan to relocate to Windsor, according to the Telegraph, as they see it as ‘the perfect place’ to raise , Prince George, eight,  Princess Charlotte, six,  and Prince Louis, three.

Sources say they have their eyes on  Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII – the Queen’s uncle – signed his abdication papers in 1936. 

The fort is owned by the Crown Estate and leased to the billionaire Weston family, close friends of the royals. 

The relocation, which would bring the family closer to both the Queen and Kate’s parents in Bucklebury, is the most significant sign yet that the couple are preparing to take on a far more senior role at the heart of the Royal Family. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton 'will move to Berkshire and start a quiet life in the country' because they recognise at 'this stage in their life suburbia makes perfect sense', a source has claimed. The couple are pictured with their three children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Prince William and Kate Middleton 'will move to Berkshire and start a quiet life in the country' because they recognise at 'this stage in their life suburbia makes perfect sense', a source has claimed. The couple are pictured with their three children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Prince William and Kate Middleton ‘will move to Berkshire and start a quiet life in the country’ because they recognise at ‘this stage in their life suburbia makes perfect sense’, a source has claimed. The couple are pictured with their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

However, the planned move is said to have left those close to Kate, 40, and William, 39, ‘aghast’  – the Telegraph reported – because many don’t consider Berkshire to be ‘proper countryside’.  

‘People can be very snotty about that area west of London, but that mainly comes out of ignorance,’ an Eton contemporary of Prince William told the paper. 

The couple are said to also believe they can make the commute from Windsor to west London in just 25 minutes if they have a police escort. 

While the Queen is based at Windsor castle, many of the royals have made the twon home.

Harry and Meghan made Frogmore Cottage in Windsor their UK base before relocating to the US – their home is now rented to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are also based at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, while Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and their children live at Bagshot Park just 11 miles away. 

Windsor is also just 32 miles away from Chapel Row, where the Middleton family are based in a £4,7million estate called Bucklebury Manor.

Sources say they have their eyes on Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII ¿ the Queen¿s uncle ¿ signed his abdication papers in 1936.

Sources say they have their eyes on Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII ¿ the Queen¿s uncle ¿ signed his abdication papers in 1936.

Sources say they have their eyes on Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII – the Queen’s uncle – signed his abdication papers in 1936.

Kate’s sister Pippa, her husband James Matthews and their two children also have a home in the village.

Moving the family west – wherever they end up – could prove strategic as well as practical, as the monarchy prepares for major changes in the years ahead.

At the moment, the Cambridges split their time between their London base at Kensington Palace, where they also have their offices, and their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

The home on the Sandringham Estate was a wedding gift from the Queen and, after carrying out refurbishment work, William and Kate made it their permanent home from 2015 to 2017.

Its rural location had several key advantages at the time: William was working as a helicopter pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the couple were keen to give their young children as normal an upbringing as possible, away from the public gaze.

Prince William has been urged by the Queen to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is 'terrified' that disaster could strike

Prince William has been urged by the Queen to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is 'terrified' that disaster could strike

Prince William has been urged by the Queen to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is ‘terrified’ that disaster could strike

But now, with their eldest two children at school in London, it has become rather far to travel for weekends. At Windsor, they could work in reverse – basing the family there full time and commuting in to London when required.

A source previously told Mail on Sunday: ‘Anmer Hall made sense while William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia and it was useful for Christmases at Sandringham, but it doesn’t really work any more. It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area.’

Following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh last year, it would also no doubt prove a boost to the Queen to have the Cambridges nearby.

The 95-year-old monarch has a close relationship with William, and during his time at Eton College – which is close to the castle – he would often have Sunday lunch with his grandparents in the castle’s panelled Oak Room.

For years the Queen used Windsor as a weekend residence, and a retreat from the working week at Buckingham Palace. But the monarch now plans to base herself permanently at Windsor.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have reportedly been quietly scoping out new schools - and potentially homes - in Berkshire. Pictured: William on George's first day at school in 2017

Prince William and Kate Middleton have reportedly been quietly scoping out new schools - and potentially homes - in Berkshire. Pictured: William on George's first day at school in 2017

Prince William and Kate Middleton have reportedly been quietly scoping out new schools – and potentially homes – in Berkshire. Pictured: William on George’s first day at school in 2017

She and Prince Philip stayed at Windsor during the lockdown. It meant she was close to her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, who live nearby at Bagshot Park, and Prince Andrew, who lives at Royal Lodge with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.

Prince Harry and Meghan refurbished Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate, but the property is now used by Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their six-month-old son, August.

Having the Cambridges nearby would mean most of the Queen’s immediate family – barring Prince Charles and Princess Anne – were close at hand to support her. 

Kate has long spoken kindly about the county she grew up in, with the family making regular trips back to see her parents.

The duchess’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton live in a  seven-bedroom Grade II listed mansion, Bucklebury Manor. They also run their party goods business from a business park in the area and are very much hands-on grandparents.

Her brother James has also reportedly bought a £1.45million home in the same village for himself and fiancee Alizee Thevenet.

Writing in the Sun on Sunday earlier this month,  royal correspondent Emily Andrews claims a family friend of the royal once told her: ‘All Catherine ever wanted was a house in the countryside, loads of kids, dogs and an AGA.  She wasn’t interested in having a big job or becoming famous.

There’s also long been rumours of the couple wanting to send Prince George to a Berkshire boarding school. 

Last year, the Daily Mail reported  the future Queen and her husband Prince William have been quietly scoping out new schools – and potentially homes – in the appropriately named Royal County, with an eye to a possible move in the future. 

George and Charlotte are currently attending private Thomas’s prep school in Battersea, south-west London, which takes children until they are 13.

Their youngest child, three-year-old Prince Louis, attends the Willcocks Nursery a stone’s throw from their Kensington Palace apartment.

Both William and his younger brother Prince Harry happily boarded at Ludgrove School in Berkshire from the age of eight before moving to Eton at 13. 

Kate and her siblings were also boarders at one point or another in their formative years. 

But raising their young family in the bustling capital is not believed to be part of the Cambridges’ long-term plans.

In recent weeks the couple’s discreet inquiries about – and visits to – future schools for their children in Kate’s home county have set local tongues wagging.

Sources are at pains to stress that any changes for the family will have no effect on their set-up at Kensington Palace.

It will remain their London home and office even after they become Prince and Princess of Wales.

But Anmer Hall is a long trek from London – often requiring the family to travel by helicopter – and is far from Kate’s parents, sister and brother who play a huge part in their children’s lives. 

In December, the Queen urged Prince William to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is ‘terrified’ that disaster could strike, a source told the Sun. 

The 95-year-old monarch has had ‘several conversations’ with William asking him to ‘stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather’ amid fears an accident could threaten the line of succession

Unofficial rules usually prevent senior royals from flying together but the regulations have been relaxed since William’s children were born, allowing for the young family to spend more time together.    

Source: dailymail

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