Windsor Castle 'too noisy' for Charles and 'too small' for William – could be left empty


There has been speculation that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could take over the property when Charles becomes king. But Fort Belvedere, one of the properties the couple has reportedly looked at in Windsor, is too small for the Cambridges, according to an official who spoke to the Mail.

This could mean the Castle is left without permanent residents when Prince Charles becomes King.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s current London base is Kensington Palace, but they also spent time at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, which was given to them by the Queen.

Charles reportedly plans to move into Buckingham Palace when he becomes King.

When this happens, sources have claimed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will “ultimately inherit Windsor Castle.”

But speaking about the planned change in residence, one source also told the Daily Mail that “nothing is set in stone.”

As well as looking at Fort Belvedere, where Edward VIII signed his abdication papers, Kate and William have also looked at Frogmore House – where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lived after their wedding in 2018.

The 1,000-year-old castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.

However, it is thought that the Cambridges will keep their domestic and work base at Kensington Palace.

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This would put the couple closer to the Queen and royal decision making.

It would also bring them closer to the Middleton family, based nearby in Bucklebury.

At the time, a source told the 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 anymore.

“It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise.

“They are eyeing up options in the area.”

Charles’s move to Buckingham Palace has also attracted attention, as it has been reported that the royal’s living quarters will effectively become a “flat above the shop”.

It has been suggested that the Palace will be opened up for tourism all year round, as part of the future king’s vision for a “slimmed down monarchy”.


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