British royal affairs correspondent Katie Nicholl writes in her upcoming book, The New Royal Family: The Legacy of Queen Elizabeth and the Future of the Crown, That the next big step for William and Kate would be at the home of his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle, who died at the age of 96 on September 8.
The royal couple and their three children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, have reportedly recently moved into Adelaide Cottage, a tiny house in the shadow of the castle.
Although the move has not been confirmed by Wells’ office, they have been spotted regularly on the estate since their children started at nearby Lambroke School.
In an excerpt from New RoyalsPosted by Vanity FairNicole writes that William and Kate have prioritized creating a natural home atmosphere for raising their children.
“William and Kate, who had a deep knowledge of childhood during her early years, insisted on creating as natural an environment as possible,” said Nicole.
She continued, “They have recently been downsized, moved from Kensington Palace to the smaller and more secret Adelaide country house in Windsor Home Park and moved their three children to Lambroke Private School in Berkshire this month. I am told, their next step will be at Windsor Castle.”
Speculation swirled about the family’s move from their home in London’s Kensington Palace to the Windsor area earlier this year, with Lewis approaching his fourth birthday and moving from preschool to middle school.
The move appears to have been confirmed in August, when the palace announced that the three children would start on the Lambroke, which costs $23,000 a year, in September.
On September 7, George, Charlotte and Louis accompanied their parents to an ‘Afternoon’ in Lambroke, where the family was officially photographed meeting Principal Jonathan Perry.
The news that the family was moving to a new property was not met with some criticism, since they already had permanent use of two other venues: Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Britain is grappling with a cost-of-living crisis, with rising energy bills and inflation hitting a 40-year high of 10.1% in July.
Graham Smith, chief executive of the anti-royal group Republic, said of the move, “This fourth home is in addition to the multi-storey mansion owned by William and Kate in Kensington Palace, the 10-bedroom home in Sandringham and the Great House. Use when you are in Scotland.”
“As the country faces an ever-growing cost of living crisis, it is shocking to see William and Kate acquire a fourth home, at such a significant cost to taxpayers,” Smith said.
NEWSWEEK I contacted Kensington Palace for comment.
Who lives in Windsor Castle?
Windsor Cast is the main royal residence and thus provides accommodation for the monarch as well as a large number of domestic staff.
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, she and Prince Philip occupied the main private residence in the castle, which contains a pavilion of rooms along the eastern front.
Besides drawing rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, studies, and libraries for the king’s personal use, the castle contains large guest suites which were regularly occupied on occasion by visiting members of foreign royal families as well as world leaders.
Much of the castle, including the state rooms used for official occasions by the king, is open to the public year-round, with artifacts and artwork from the royal collection on display.
With the queen’s death, control of the royal residences passed to King Charles III.
Although the king would likely reserve the main residence suite formerly occupied by his mother for his own use, he could allocate one of the guest apartments for the use of his eldest son and his family.
Where is Adelaide Cottage?
Adelaide Cottage was built in 1831 as a folly for Queen Adelaide (1792-1849), wife of King William IV.
At first it consisted of only two rooms designed in a picturesque style by Sir James Whiteville, and over successive periods it was expanded and modernized into a large family residence.
The cottage is at the base of the northern slopes of Windsor Castle and a short walk from the suite where the King lived.
During Queen Victoria’s reign, she would often walk to the hut with her prime ministers, and would even consider sheltering a royal pet monkey there.
In the 1940s and 1950s, the house was home to group captain Peter Townsend, one of Princess Margaret’s interests. Townsend wrote of the hut: “The site, a stone’s throw from the Thames, was one of the wettest in England; the house had two radiators; the meager coal ration was not enough to warm it.
“In the living room, surrounded by French windows, it was sometimes necessary to wrap it with a coat and a scarf,” Townsend said. “The house was an ice chest in winter, and in summer it was fun.”
Until the Cambridge family relocation, the house was more recently lived in by the Queen’s cousin, through her mother’s family, Bowes-Lyon.