Friday, 11 November 2011
Prince William & The Duchess: A humble little palace....
Much has been made of the fact that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, live simply, without servants, while she even trawls the local supermarket for bargains. However, it has now been announced that after a refit, costing several million, the pair will move into the poshest apartment on the Kensington Palace estate, once the home of the late Princess Margaret, the haughty only sibling of The Queen.
It is a 20-room palatial apartment, next door to the one where the late Princess of Wales resided and who was not particularly liked by her neighbour. It is said that Princess Margaret was fully aware and totally disapproved of Diana's penchant for smuggling male friends into Kensington Palace in the boot of her car.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not be able to move into their new abode for a couple of years, while it is being renovated, but such a grand apartment will require upkeep and it is likely these modern royals will conform by hiring a large household worthy of a future King and Queen.
Prince William has emerged as a man fully indoctrinated within the traditions of the Royal Family and, it would seem, much more conservative than his late mother. While he may enjoy the simple life in North Wales, he will have no problem settling into the pampered existence that awaits him in his new home.
What the Royal Family have to be careful about is any signs of indulgence at the taxpayer's expense. In these times of economic difficulty, the public have not been happy to learn that while Princess Anne's daughter Zara Phillips's wedding was billed as a "private" affair, the taxpayer foot the £400,000 security bill.