Prince William's B&B stay says a lot about what kind of King he'll be, according to experts

"Gestures like this show that William and Catherine plan to do things differently."

Prince William and Kate Middleton
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King Charles recently made headlines for giving up his Welsh pied-à-terre of Llwynywermod, which he bought while he was Prince of Wales, in 2007.

But the current Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine, reportedly have no intention of purchasing their own home in the country. Instead, they have formerly opted to stay in local accommodations such as bed and breakfasts — as they did on their last visit, staying in a community-run local establishment.

"This is a really great decision by Prince William to support the local economy and is exactly what a forward thinking and progressive future King should do," royal expert Jennie Bond commented about the move, speaking to OK!.

Jennie added: "Gestures like this show that William and Catherine plan to do things differently to keep the monarchy in tune with modern society and, vitally, keeps William in touch with ordinary people who are struggling with everyday problems."

William demonstrated how down-to-earth he is on another recent engagement, when he revealed what he had had to eat the previous day: nutritionist Monique Hyland reported what he had told her. "He was a little bit nervous to begin with when I asked him what he ate yesterday," she told CornwallLive.

"He was OK to start with as he had a healthy breakfast, but then he admitted someone had got him a 'rubbish sandwich' for lunch, and he had a chocolate brownie and a glass of red wine."

Royalty, they're just like us.

On the subject of Wales, Jennie added: "They enjoy being in Wales, because I think it does have lots of fond memories for them.

"They feel very at home there amongst the Welsh people and in Wales itself after they spent time living in Anglesey after their wedding. 

"I don’t think it’s any penance for them to go, but it does show they haven’t just accepted these titles without taking on the responsibilities of being who they are now."

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.