Kate Middleton and Prince William will move into the £1m Kensington Palace apartment following the birth of the royal baby
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s newly-refurbished home has been unveiled in a series of brand new pictures.
Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace is being heavily supported by scaffolding, but we can still see just how extravagant the new parents’ abode really is.
The Buckingham Palace accounts have been revealed to the press and show that Kate Middleton and Prince William’s new home has cost the UK taxpayer £1million so far. Building work is being carried out to the property to repair the roof and update the interiors in time for the birth of the royal baby next month.
The £1million spend on the 21-room apartment includes essential asbestos removal and Sir Alan Reed, Keeper of the Privy Purse, has defended the couple’s lavish expense, explaining that the funds ‘would have to be spent anyway’. He added that it paid for ‘essential maintenance’ to the property.
The apartment used to be the home of Princess Margaret and has not been lived in since the early 1960s. We can just imagine the decor…
It’s highly unlikely that the apartment will be ready for the arrival of the royal baby on 13 July, meaning Kate, William and the new arrival will have to find an alternative temporary home for when they leave the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been advised against heading to her parents’ Berkshire home as royal sources argue that the cost of security would ‘run into hundreds of thousands of pounds’. Instead, she may stay at one of the Queen’s residences – Sandringham, Balmoral, or Windsor.
We’ve got a spare room if you need it, guys.