The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are preparing to move from Anmer Hall in Norfolk to Kensington Palace later this year. In an effort to afford more privacy for the royal family-of-four and make space for their staff, some big changes are being planned for the Palace before Kate and William will call it ‘home’.
Before the young family relocate to the London, Prince William is said to have made plans to ensure his children’s privacy once they are full time residents at Kensington Palace. A £20,000 yew hedge has been planted around the grounds of their living quarters to give their new home some privacy. Not only will it allow Prince George and Prince Charlotte to play in the garden in peace, it will also shield the family home from nosy neighbours.
While this measure could go some way to keeping prying eyes and lenses at a safe distance, Kate and Wills will be far from alone at their new residence.
Also living at Kensington Palace is Prince Harry, who Prince George and Princess Charlotte will no doubt enjoy seeing more of. Prince Harry currently calls Nottingham Cottage his home. In addition, the prince’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, is also planning to move into the 3-bedroom ‘Ivy Cottage’ later year. The property was previously occupied by the late Princess Diana.
However, Eugenie’s plans to move into Kensington Palace with her rumoured fiancé Jack Brooksbank have been put on hold. According to reports in The Sunday Express ongoing tension over a damp bill for the cottage has put plans to move into it on ice.
Rising damp and rising tensions?
While Eugenie attempts to sort out the matter of the unpaid bill, it has now emerged that Kate and William have submitted plans for further major works on their part of the property. With a huge underground extension in the plans, all to be completed as soon as possible, it seems that Eugenie’s issue could take even longer before it is resolved.
According to reports, Eugenie is less than happy with at least one element of the arrangements. The Princess is said to be keen to get settled in her new quarters soon. Particularly before she ties the knot with boyfriend of six years Jack.
Although the pair’s engagement hasn’t been confirmed, Eugenie has been snapped wearing a diamond ring on her left hand.
Unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who can count on their extension to be paid for for them, unless the 26-year-old and her family are prepared to stump up the costs for the whole project on her cottage by themselves, the work will continue to be delayed.
Allegedly, this isn’t the first time there has been tension between the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Andrew’s daughter.
So, when it comes to the future residents of Kensington Palace, the exact move in dates of each royal family member is unclear. Especially with so much building work planned! “At the moment it’s a stand-off and the whole thing is in limbo,” the insider told the paper.
The source added: “Something will have to give soon if Eugenie and Jack are to move in quickly.”