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Kate Middleton has been ‘looking around schools in Windsor’ as the Cambridges prepare to move


Kate Middleton has been ‘looking around schools in Windsor’ as the Cambridges ‘prepare to move closer to the Duchess’ parents Carole and Mike’, sources have claimed. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who currently split their time between their London home Kensington Palace and their weekend home Amner Hall in Norfolk plan to relocate to Windsor, according to The Times.

Royal commentator Hilary Rose wrote that Windsor Castle has been ‘earmarked’ as a new base for the couple, adding: ‘It’s said that they’ll head for the discreetly wealthy little web of rural villages near her parents — whom William adores — where the locals have taken an oath of omerta about the Middletons in their midst.’

The relocation, which would bring the family closer to both the Queen and Kate’s parents in Bucklebury, is the most significant sign yet that the couple are preparing to take on a far more senior role at the heart of the Royal Family

Kate Middleton has been ‘looking around schools in Windsor’ as the Cambridges ‘prepare to move closer to the Duchess’ parents Carole and Mike’, sources have claimed

Meanwhile he said the couple hoped Prince George, eight,  Princess Charlotte, six,  and Prince Louis, three. could all attend the same school.  

Teddy Wolstenholme, the editorial director of Talk Education and a former editor of the Tatler Schools Guide, said: ‘[The Duke and Duchess] have been doing their research on local schools for the last year.

‘One pupil at Lambrook was asked by the cheery future king how he’d rate Latin. And when Kate was looking round another school, Papplewick, a pupil told her that she looked just like the Duchess of Cambridge.’  

It comes after a source claimed Prince William and Kate ‘will move to Berkshire and start a quiet life in the country’ because they recognise at ‘this stage in their life suburbia makes perfect sense’. 

Royal commentator Hilary Rose said that the couple will head for the discreetly wealthy little web of rural villages near Kate's parents Carol and Michael

Royal commentator Hilary Rose said that the couple will head for the discreetly wealthy little web of rural villages near Kate’s parents Carol and Michael 

Insiders told The Telegraph they have their eyes on  Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII – the Queen’s uncle – signed his abdication papers in 1936. 

The fort is owned by the Crown Estate and leased to the billionaire Weston family, close friends of the royals. 

The relocation, which would bring the family closer to both the Queen and Kate’s parents in Bucklebury, is the most significant sign yet that the couple are preparing to take on a far more senior role at the heart of the Royal Family. 

The couple are said to also believe they can make the commute from Windsor to west London in just 25 minutes if they have a police escort. 

While the Queen is based at Windsor castle, many of the royals have made the town home.

Harry and Meghan made Frogmore Cottage in Windsor their UK base before relocating to the US – their home is now rented to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

Insiders previously said Prince William and Kate 'would move to Berkshire and start a quiet life in the country' because they recognise at 'this stage in their life suburbia makes perfect sense'. The couple are pictured with their three children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Insiders previously said Prince William and Kate ‘would move to Berkshire and start a quiet life in the country’ because they recognise at ‘this stage in their life suburbia makes perfect sense’. The couple are pictured with their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are also based at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, while Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and their children live at Bagshot Park just 11 miles away. 

Windsor is also just 32 miles away from Chapel Row, where the Middleton family are based in a £4,7million estate called Bucklebury Manor.

Kate’s sister Pippa, her husband James Matthews and their two children also have a home in the village. 

At the moment, the Cambridges split their time between their London base at Kensington Palace, where they also have their offices, and their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

The home on the Sandringham Estate was a wedding gift from the Queen and, after carrying out refurbishment work, William and Kate made it their permanent home from 2015 to 2017.

Sources say they have their eyes on Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII ¿ the Queen¿s uncle ¿ signed his abdication papers in 1936.

Sources say they have their eyes on Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII – the Queen’s uncle – signed his abdication papers in 1936.

Its rural location had several key advantages at the time: William was working as a helicopter pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the couple were keen to give their young children as normal an upbringing as possible, away from the public gaze.

But now, with their eldest two children at school in London, it has become rather far to travel for weekends. At Windsor, they could work in reverse – basing the family there full time and commuting in to London when required. 

Following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh last year, it would also no doubt prove a boost to the Queen to have the Cambridges nearby.

The 95-year-old monarch has a close relationship with William, and during his time at Eton College – which is close to the castle – he would often have Sunday lunch with his grandparents in the castle’s panelled Oak Room.

For years the Queen used Windsor as a weekend residence, and a retreat from the working week at Buckingham Palace. But the monarch now plans to base herself permanently at Windsor.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have reportedly been quietly scoping out new schools - and potentially homes - in Berkshire. Pictured: William on George's first day at school in 2017

Prince William and Kate Middleton have reportedly been quietly scoping out new schools – and potentially homes – in Berkshire. Pictured: William on George’s first day at school in 2017

She and Prince Philip stayed at Windsor during the lockdown. It meant she was close to her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, who live nearby at Bagshot Park, and Prince Andrew, who lives at Royal Lodge with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. 

Having the Cambridges nearby would mean most of the Queen’s immediate family – barring Prince Charles and Princess Anne – were close at hand to support her. 

Kate has long spoken kindly about the county she grew up in, with the family making regular trips back to see her parents.

The duchess’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton live in a  seven-bedroom Grade II listed mansion, Bucklebury Manor. They also run their party goods business from a business park in the area and are very much hands-on grandparents.

Her brother James has also reportedly bought a £1.45million home in the same village for himself and fiancee Alizee Thevenet. 

George and Charlotte are currently attending private Thomas’s prep school in Battersea, south-west London, which takes children until they are 13.

Their youngest child, three-year-old Prince Louis, attends the Willcocks Nursery a stone’s throw from their Kensington Palace apartment.

Both William and his younger brother Prince Harry happily boarded at Ludgrove School in Berkshire from the age of eight before moving to Eton at 13. 

Kate and her siblings were also boarders at one point or another in their formative years.  



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