William and Kate’s new home is a ‘shameful’ decision, according to Republic


Campaign group Republic has called the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s relocation to Adelaide Cottage amid the cost of living crisis “shameful”.

William and Kate are moving into the Grade II listed four-bedroom house in Windsor Private Park to allow their children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – more freedom when they start at Lambrook School near Ascot in Berkshire next month.

The Duke and Duchess will keep their 20-bedroom apartment at Kensington Palace as their official working residence, and will also have the 10-bedroom country mansion at Anmer Hall near Sandringham.

Graham Smith, chief executive of the lobby group campaigning for an elected head of state, said: ‘As ordinary households grapple with their energy bills and face crippling inflation, why are we giving yet another home to William and Kate?

“It is shameful.”

He added: “All of these lavish homes need round-the-clock protection, heating and staffing.”

The Cambridge family (Chris Jackson/PA)

He said the Crown Estate was “a state-owned real estate empire meant to make money for the treasury”.

Use of the property will be a gift from the Queen, who has given William and Kate permission to rent it from the Crown Estate, with the couple paying market value rent using their own private funds.

Joe Little, editor of Majesty magazine, said the move and the new Cambridge Children’s School had many benefits for the family, including privacy and security.

Royal visit to LeicesterKate with the Queen in 2012 (Oli Scarff/PA)

“Moving to Adelaide Cottage in the ultra-private Windsor residential park takes away the ‘goldfish bowl’ aspect of Cambridge family life,” Mr Little said.

“Kensington Palace apartment 1A is perfect in many ways, but the Duke and Duchess and their children cannot come and go as they wish or enjoy nearby London parks due to pervasive privacy concerns. ”

He added that having all three children at the same school made sense and would remove the ‘nightmare’ trip from Kensington Palace to Battersea twice a day.

“It also means that the cost of security, always a controversial topic, is much lower than if Louis were at a different school from his siblings,” Mr Little said.

Adelaide Cottage and Lambbrook School(PA graphics)

But royal commentator and former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the decision highlighted the fact that the royal family was not subject to the same economic hardship as the rest of the nation.

Mr Hunt said: ‘A third home for the Cambridges is a reminder that the Royal Family are not suffering from the cost of living crisis and a looming recession in the same way as the rest of us.

“When taxpayers’ money was spent to renovate their flat at Kensington Palace, Prince William, who campaigns for the homeless, insisted his family planned to stay there for many years to come. come.”

A royal source said William and Kate were “absolutely” aware of the cost of living crisis faced by many who could not afford such opportunities.

The source: “It’s something they’ve thought long and hard about and it’s a decision they didn’t take lightly.

“It would have been extremely difficult for them to continue as senior royals if they were based in Norfolk.”

Royal move to WindsorKensington Palace (Nicholas T. Ansell/PA)

It had long been reported that William had been given a cottage called Tam-Na-Ghar by the Queen Mother on the Balmoral Estate, but William neither rents nor owns the house – it is Crown Estate and leased to a third party. , said Kensington Palace.

The Crown Estate, which has assets worth around £14.4billion, is land and property owned by the Sovereign but not in the private possession of the Queen.

It is not run by the Queen, but her income affects the amount of money she receives each year.

Under the Sovereign Grant funding formula, which pays for costs such as royal family salaries, official travel and upkeep of the royal palaces, the queen receives a percentage of the profits from the crown estate for his official expenses.

To help pay for a £369m refurbishment of Buckingham Palace, the percentage of profits from the Crown Estate going to the Sovereign Grant was increased from 15% to 25% for 10 years from 2017.

The rest of the profits go to the Treasury.


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