William & Kate To Move Into Kensington Palace (VIDEO)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have found a place to call home, at least for now.
William and the former-Kate Middleton are set to move into Kensington Palace, the former residence of Princess Diana, in the coming weeks before their 11-day-long North America visit, which begins June 30, the Telegraph reports. The couple will not be living in Diana's old apartments, which have been converted into office spaces.
A spokesman for St. James's Palace explained:
"The couple's official London residence will temporarily become a property at Kensington Palace. A number of options for longer-term solutions are still being considered. The couple's main home will continue to be their house on Anglesey, and their Household Office will continue to be based at St James's Palace. The property in question at Kensington Palace into which the couple are temporarily moving is small. While it more than suffices for occasional visits to London for now, and the Royal couple are very grateful for it, the Duke and Duchess are considering options for a more permanent official London residence. No suitable properties are currently available."
According to the Telegraph, other Kensington tenants include the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Kensington was previously called home by Princess Margaret and Princess Alice.
However, the newlyweds shouldn't have any trouble shacking up with (extended) family members. Either prior to their walk down the aisle (says the Telegraph) or after their honeymoon until now (says the Daily Mail), the pair lived with Prince Harry at Clarence House.
A source previously told the Telegraph: "Harry is away with the Army Air Corps most of the week, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem co-ordinating their diaries. The rooms aren't particularly fancy but Catherine is used to them. She gets on brilliantly with Harry so it shouldn't be too much of a hardship." Although, of course, the Mail adds, "On one occasion Kate opened the door to Harry's bedroom and found his close friend, Astrid Harbord, passed out on his bed after a particularly raucous night out."
In other Royal Real Estate news, the Duchess of Cambridge's childhood home was auctioned off last week to teacher Emma Appleby and her partner, Tom Wyatt, the BBC reports. The couple paid about $800,000 (£485,000), slightly less than it was expected to go for. The buyers ostensibly plan to live in it, as opposed to turning it into a tourist trap. The auctioneer said, "They wanted a bigger family home and fell in love with the place, rather than having any interest in its royal connections."