With the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be moving to Windsor, questions need to be asked about the wealth they have already spent.
We hope that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, knows where she can get her manicured hands from a sage. A very large amount of sage.
Over the weekend the Times confirmed that she and her husband Prince William and their trio of kids ready to move to the Queen’s estate in Windsorwith The sun realize that it was they who would move into a 19th-century chocolate box on a property that is Adelaide Cottage.
While the name might sound like something from the Beatrix Potter book, it has a rather gloomy history.
The home was built for the tragic widow of Queen Victoria, Aunt Queen Adelaide in 1831, whose first daughter lived only a few hours, the second died at the age of four months and whose twin boys were still born.
After World War II, King George VI immediately moved his trusted cavalry captain Peter Townsend into a four-bedroom house and ended up as the backdrop for much of Townsend and Princess Margaret’s doomed, and far from secret, affair.
In short, those four walls experienced a lot of broken hearts.
So, all that wise Kate will have to buy, ideally by bushel.
But what should Cambridge do? lifting sticks from Kensington Street to open a shop in the rural wilderness of Berkshire – positive miles to the front or Zara outpost – is so controversial that their move essentially means they have wasted millions and millions of Sovereign Grant money.
Now, in the first report that they have moved to Adelaide Cottage, it has been conscientiously pointed out that the family will pay rent for the property and that their move-in will not require spending money on it or adding any new taxpayer-funded insurance.
(The same story also indicated a slight admiration that he would not have permanent staff, as if William had to sleepily throw Frosty Flakes in three small bowls in the morning should put him in line for a medal.)
But in the rush to take a couple of pictures as positively frugal is the fact that they already have two more big houses, full of security and a small team of trained toilet cleaning professionals.
Moreover, their London mine, Apartment 1A at Kensington Palacewas largely renovated in 2014 in the amount of $ 7.8 million in state grant money. (The grant is, of course, 25 per cent of the proceeds from the possession of the crown which the royal family retains for the maintenance of the royal property and their official good deeds, and the rest of the money goes to the British government treasury).
William and Kate they also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money on further renovations and interiors.
At the time of the expensive renovation, the line was simple: William, Kate and baby Prince George were preparing to move from Wales to London to start working full time in royal life, so they needed a suitable base.
It was okay to spend so much money on a four-story estate with 20 plus rooms, because Cambridge and their horde of assistants and advisors will open a shop there for life.
In short, Kensington Palace there would be a headquarters in Cambridge, William and Kate Mothership who would see their transition from the royal rank to William who would ascend the throne.
That plan obviously went out the window and Berkshire lures. As veteran royal reporter Robert Jobson tweeted this week: “The Senior Assistant Duke told me personally and categorically when millions of public money were spent on KP and Apt 1A for Cambridges’ that this / KP will be their base when William becomes heir to the throne. Is that changing now with moving to Berkshire? ”
Since the Cambridges have lived in London full-time since 2017 alone, it turned out in their Renault Kensington Palace that it cost Grant, as well as taxpayers, $ 1.56 million a year in royal duty.
What I’m interested in here is, where’s the alert?
Part of the public and press had an impression of what they were in Sussex spent on propertyrightly pointing out that the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester had just left Apartment 1 in Kensington Palace.
Harry and Megan Frogmore the move seemed wasteful and lenient, Grant went to pick up the bill because they didn’t like living in the panopticon that twitches the curtains that is the Palace.
We have exactly the same situation here: the duke and duchess decide to love a little of that clean country air for their young men, and yet we have heard criticism?
Of course not.
While at the time it seemed that the Sussexes commonly thought they were getting rum unlike the Cambridges carrying halos, at least on the front of the house it looks like they were on the money, completely on purpose.
Sussexes have received criticism from the media for this type of free and easy spending of Grant money, while the St. Cambridges stick to role models just because they are willing to endure without a housekeeper working 24 hours a day.
Aside from the element of hypocrisy, there is also the fact that William seems to get a completely free pass here if you consider that his great charitable incentive is homelessness.
It was only last week that he allegedly went ‘secret’ sell the Big Issue in what was a benevolent but transparent stunt.
Yes, that drew attention to an ongoing and serious problem, but the duke’s willingness to pose for countless photos on social media in his Big Issue suitcase while on his headline mission would suggest that his aides are barely trying to keep his charitable attack at bay. secrecy.
The whole trip to the Big Issue seemed to be designed to get a certain dose of praise: Oh, that Prince William, isn’t he a good ‘un? Just like his mom!
This is an area where it will only be seen William continue to grow with gusto, with the Times announcing that his next major charity, to be launched next year, will be a long-term homelessness initiative. He also “wants to see how the duchy could play a role in his homelessness project,” the same report said.
However, there is something that is extremely embarrassing about the fact that in just a few days there are two great stories about William that have made headlines that he deals with homelessness and adds to his portfolio of historic property. (The Queen gave Cambridge a ten-bedroom house, Anmer Hall, on her Sandringham estate after their 2011 wedding)
All this is simply not right.
It’s not that William shouldn’t talk about this or that as a parent he should be denied the opportunity to do what he thinks is best for his children, but it is the carelessness here that is really valuable.
Does he know that the public approval of Cambridge, especially Kate, is so strong that they could just run over a BTS member and still come out smelling of roses? Or does he not care how embarrassing it is that he just chose a big house as a little kid picking candy just days after he went out and doing his Decent Man Trying To Help routine?
I really think that his heart and his ambitions are in the right place when it comes to homelessness. From the age of 11, his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, secretly led him and Harry to meet with those in need of food and shelter at the charity The Passage, and he was named the patron of 2019.
In 2020, it was revealed that he helped prepare and serve meals there during the pandemic. Meanwhile, William’s first royal patronage, in 2005, was another organization focused on young homeless people, Centrepoint.
In my opinion, the time for this week’s two developments in the country of Cambridge is terribly wrong, and yet it seems that no one from the royal or media side is particularly worried about that. If this was any other member of the Queen’s family, we would see Fleet Street and Twitter
pick up one hell of a stink.
Do you remember apartment 1A in the palace? It will now be used as a staff office for William and Kate, making it certainly the largest place in the world to spend 9-5 working on Excel spreadsheets and drinking weak cups of tea.
Sometimes it has to be really nice to be Cambridge, even if there are a lot of sages in the market right now.
Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of leading Australian media titles.