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Wills and Kate’s big move

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are hoping to relocate from their Amner Hall home, hinting that they are planning to take on more senior roles within the royal family, The Sun reports.William, 39, and Kate, 39, are understood to have been “eyeing” a move to Windsor, and considering areas suitable for bringing up their three kids.Prince George and Princess Charlotte both currently attend St Thomas’s Prep School in Battersea, South West London.Their parents are thinking about moving to Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with a tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII signed hisabdication papers in 1936.The fort is owned by the Crown Estate and is leased to the Weston family who are close friends of the royals, according to The Sun.King Edward, the Queen’s uncle, once said that you could see the dome of St Paul’s “with a spyglass” from the property.But royal aides have rejected the property, with the couple currently splitting their time between their London base at Kensington Palace and their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk.‘PERFECT COMPROMISE’Their home on the Sandringham Estate was gifted to the couple by the Queen for their wedding, and was their permanent home from 2015 to 2017.William had been working as a helicopter pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the home kept their young children away from the public as much as possible.Sources close to the couple believe that a move to Windsor could help them to take up more responsibility within the royal family, and commute to London when they need to.“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 any more,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.“It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area.”Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, would also be closer if they moved to Windsor – just 64kms away in Bucklebury, Berkshire.The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa, her husband James Matthews and their two children also have a home in the village.It is also thought that the couple’s move to be closer to the Queen could be to support her following the death of Prince Philip in April.Her Majesty, 95, is reportedly close with William who would often visit his grandparents for Sunday lunch in Windsor while studying at Eton.The Queen has recently decided to base herself permanently at Windsor Castle after splitting her time between the residence and Buckingham Palace.FAMILY VALUESPrince Edward and his wife Sophie live near Windsor at Bagshot Park, and Prince Andrew, lives at Royal Lodge with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.Harry and Meghan refurbished Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor Estate, before she gave birth to Archie after their wedding in 2018.The property is now used by Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their six-month-old son, August.If the Cambridges completed the move to be nearer to the Queen it would mean the majority of her immediate family members would all be close by.An insider added: “I don’t think we’ll see the Sussexes coming back in any meaningful way.”

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