William and Kate's first weekend at new cottage after 'no frills' move

William and Kate ‘spend first weekend in Windsor’ after ‘no frills’ move to Adelaide Cottage ahead of Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte starting school next week

  • William and Kate have had ‘no frills’ move to Adelaide Cottage from Kensington
  • George, Charlotte and Louis are due to start at new school Lambrook next week
  • They want to be ‘school gate parents’ and will have just nine-mile school run
  • Cambridges said to ‘travel light’ only wanting a ‘fresh lick of paint’ at new home
  • In stark contrast to Harry and Meghan’s £2.4m makeover of Frogmore Cottage

Prince William and Kate are believed to be spending their first weekend in their new Windsor home after a ‘no frills’ move ahead of the start of the school term next week.

The Cambridges, both 40, reportedly ‘travelled light’ to their new home Adelaide Cottage and did not require a pricey refurbishment or new furniture and fittings.

They moved to the four-bed cottage to be closer to their children’s new school in Ascot – with a school run of just nine-miles – when term starts next week.

Princes George, nine and Louis, four and Princess Charlotte, seven are due to start at £7,000 a term Lambrook School in Berkshire after a switch from St Thomas’s School in Battersea – which they attended when living at Kensington Palace in London.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly want to be normal ‘school gate parents’ and their children’s school uniforms have already been purchased.

William and Kate are seeking a life in the country away from the ‘goldfish bowl’ of their official residence Kensington Palace in London in a bid to put their children first and give them more freedom. 

Also moving with the family-of-five was beloved pet cocker spaniel Orla.

The family will have not be joined by their live-in nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo will live away from the family for the first time, as will other staff including the housekeeper and the chef. 

Prince William and Kate and their family reportedly ‘travelled light’ to their new home Adelaide Cottage (pictured in 2013) and did not require a pricey refurbishment

The Cambridges moved to the four-bed cottage to be closer to their children’s new school in Ascot – with a school run of just nine-miles – when the term starts next week. Pictured: Princess Charlotte as she arrives for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea in London, accompanied by her brother Prince George and her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in September 2019

Princes George, nine and Louis, four and Princess Charlotte, seven are due to start at £7,000 a term Lambrook School (pictured) in Berkshire after a switch from St Thomas’s School in Battersea – which they attended when living at Kensington Palace in London

The only work they asked for was a fresh ‘lick of paint’, the Sun reports.

Adalaide Cottage was built for Queen Adelaide in 1831 and is nestled just a 10-minute walk from Windsor Castle in the private Home Park. 

This is in stark contrast to Prince Harry and Meghan’s move to Frogmore Cottage in April 2018, when they spent £2.4million on a refurbishment.

They carried out extensive works on their new home, a wedding present from the Queen, which included turning small houses into a ten-bed home and completely refitting the gas and water mains.

They also had a complete redecoration of the Grade II listed property including installing trendy new bathrooms, bedrooms and a kitchen which reportedly had a ‘floating floor’.

The editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, said last that this will be ‘the first weekend… Kate and William have spent at Adelaide Cottage as a family. It’s a lovely moment for them all.

‘They had to have moved in this weekend, because the children have to start at their new school next week.

‘The renovation is no-frills, by royal standards — and is certainly in stark contrast to the £2.4million work Harry and Meghan had done on Frogmore Cottage. It will have been a builder’s finish.’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly want to be normal ‘school gate parents’ and their children’s school uniforms have already been purchased. Left to right: Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte ride in a carriage on The Mall during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in June

 

Lambrook School situated in the sleepy rural village of Winkfield Row will be the new school for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge

Playing fields at Lambrook School where the Cambridge children will practice their sports skills

A royal source said: ‘This is very much a decision that two parents have made to give their children the ‘most normal’ start possible.

‘KP [Kensington Palace] can be a little bit of a fishbowl.

‘They wanted to be able to give George, Charlotte and Louis a bit more freedom than they have living in central London.

‘It’s very much a decision that’s been led by the kids.’

The source said the duke and duchess were very conscious of how their move stands in contrast to the cost-of-living crisis impacting the nation.

Asked whether the couple was mindful of the economic difficulties facing many who would not be able to afford such opportunities, the source said: ‘They absolutely are.

“It’s something they have thought long and hard about and this is a decision they have not taken lightly.

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

‘What they have basically done allows them to put the kids first, but also to continue on doing what they do all day, every day.’

The future king and his wife are keeping their other home Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where they live during the school holidays – and where they reportedly will be keeping most of their belongings.

Kensington Palace on the other hand, will not be lived in most of the time and will be used by palace staff as a place of work.

MailOnline has contacted Kensington Palace for comment. 

There are ‘no plans’ for Prince William to meet with his estranged brother next week – even though they will be living just half a mile apart, sources say. Picture: file image of Frogmore Cottage

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex along with their son Archie meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation in Cape Town in 2019

 

Even though they will be living just half a mile apart, there are ‘no plans’ for Prince William to meet with his estranged brother next week, sources say.

Harry and Meghan will embark on a royal-style whirlwind tour on Monday beginning in Manchester.

That will be followed by a day visit to Dusseldorf in Germany on Tuesday and a return to the UK for a charity event on Thursday.

It is believed they may arrive tomorrow and use their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, as a base. William and Kate have now moved into Adelaide Cottage, also on the Queen’s Berkshire estate – just a 15-minute walk, or five-minute drive, from Frogmore.

But it is understood that relations between the two brothers are so bad that there are ‘no plans’, sources say, for them to meet. 


It is believed Meghan and Harry (left) will use their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, as a base. William and Kate (right) have now moved into Adelaide Cottage, also on the Queen’s Berkshire estate – just a 15-minute walk, or five-minute drive, from Frogmore

William fears Harry and Meghan will bring a film crew to gather material for their forthcoming fly-on-the-wall documentary as part of their rumoured $100million deal with Netflix.

In an interview with US magazine The Cut this week Meghan made a point of saying she had signed no confidentiality agreements with the Royal Family and hinted there was more she could say following last year’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Harry also used his wife’s interview to take another dig at his family. And his forthcoming memoir, in which he is expected to take further swipes, is said to be of deep concern to the royal household.

‘Trust, particularly at the moment, is a big issue,’ a well-placed source said. Another said: ‘I really can’t see any progress [in repairing their relationship] until the documentary and book have come out and they see what he has to say. The family have everything to lose and nothing to gain. William is deeply hurt and believes his brother has crossed a line.’ 

Meghan, 41, and Harry, 37, have a busy programme during their short visit. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who live in a £10million home in Montecito, California, will attend Manchester’s One Young World Summit on Monday.

Meghan has been a counsellor with the organisation since 2014. The next day the pair will fly to Germany for the launch of the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023, the Paralympic-style event for servicemen and women founded by the prince. Intriguingly, the Sussexes have no official plans on Wednesday, leaving them potentially with a day at leisure.

They could travel to Balmoral to see the Queen, but royal sources have already indicated this is unlikely to happen as she has a busy week. Sources close to the couple have also suggested they would be unable to fly to Scotland due to their row with the Metropolitan Police and Home Office over whether they should be given protection in this country.

William and Kate will be at Windsor all week as George, Charlotte and Louis attend their new school. The family will live on the Queen’s Berkshire estate in term-time.

The last time the two couples were in the same country was when Harry and Meghan travelled to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June. Kate, 40, saw Meghan at Trooping the Colour, but it is unclear if they ever spoke. Harry and William’s paths didn’t cross.

The brothers spoke briefly at Prince Philip’s funeral last April and last July when they unveiled a statue of their mother, Diana.

On Thursday the Sussexes will attend the WellChild Awards in London, which mark the bravery of youngsters across the UK. Harry is a long-term patron of the charity. The pair are expected to fly straight back to the US to children Archie, three, and one-year-old Lili.

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