Prince William and Kate Middleton could be handed the gift of living at Windsor Castle from the Queen that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle previously had their eyes on, it has been claimed.
The Cambridges have reportedly been eyeing up properties in Windsor as they plot a move to the royal county of Berkshire with their children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three.
In a column for News.com.au, royal commentator Daniela Elser says "it would be hard not to read this as something of a slap in the face for the self-exiled Sussexes".
Ms Elser wrote: "The Crown Estate boasts more than 230 properties, meaning that Her Majesty has incredible variety when it comes to gifting family members a grace and favour home. (Translation: Here, have a free house.)
"When Harry and Meghan wed, in 2018, it was believed they would be moving out of the tinky Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, where they had been living, and into one of the palace’s massive private apartments. Instead, in November, 2018 it was announced they would instead live in Frogmore Cottage, a property on the Windsor estate.
"It later emerged that this had not been the couple’s first choice and that in fact they had originally asked his grandmother if they could live in Windsor Castle. In August 2019 the Times broke the news that Harry and Meghan 'initially had higher hopes' than Frogmore Cottage.
"Her answer? Nein. Non. Niente."
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But the Cambridges now appear keen on a move to Windsor, according to reports.
And it has been suggested they could even ask Her Majesty if they can move into Windsor Castle – just like Harry and Meghan did.
A source told the Daily Mail: "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 anymore.
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"It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area."
A royal source also told Vanity Fair: "William and Kate have been talking to their close friends about leaving Kensington Palace where they feel very overlooked.
"William and Kate are very seriously considering a move to Windsor, and it has been discussed with the Queen. There are options at Windsor Castle, which is vast, and being close to the Queen, who is 95, makes sense to the family."
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There are other advantages if the Cambridges choose to move, including Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, being nearby in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
Kate's sister Pippa, her husband James Matthews, also live in the village with their two children.
After the tragic death of the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, it would be a boost to the Queen to have William and Kate nearby.
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