Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be moving out of their opulent 1A Kensington Palace apartment in the coming weeks despite renovations costing the British taxpayers £5.5million in renovation costs. Writing for Yahoo on Wednesday, August 17, Omid Scobie, royal expert and author of Finding Freedom, said: “Eleven years ago, William and Kate’s frugal life was one that many celebrated.
“Shelling out just £750-a-month on a rented farmhouse in Anglesey, Wales, there was something particularly refreshing about the then newlyweds’ desire for a less fanciful life.
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“At the very least, it stood out amongst the more extravagant Royal Family members.”
The royal expert claimed that their Palace apartment would be their “forever home” and a permanent base for them to raise their children.
Speaking of the couple’s move Mr Scobie explained: “So when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they would be swapping the simple life for one ensconced in the country’s most expensive zip code, there was understandably some controversy when it was revealed that the move would also be coming with an eye-watering renovation bill to be picked up by the British taxpayer.”
Mr Scobie claimed that the move had “raised a few eyebrows”, as it comes while millions of Britons grapple with the cost of living crisis.
He said that the couple picking up a fourth home, “especially when one of them cost the public so much to renovate” is hardly the norm for “regular folk”.
The Cambridges’ intend to keep their Kensington Palace apartment as it is home to their official offices.
Their other properties include Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk and Tam-Na-Ghar and a private cottage in Balmoral, Scotland.
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