Camilla's 'informal' Ray Mill House to be 'treasured even more' after Clarence House move

The Queen Consort will not sell her private Wiltshire home, Ray Mill House, when she moves into Buckingham Palace with King Charles III

Camilla's 'informal' Ray Mill House to be 'treasured even more' after Clarence House move
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Camilla, Queen Consort is expected to retain her private residence of Ray Mill House in Wiltshire despite moving to Buckingham Palace with King Charles III. 

Camilla, Queen Consort will not sell her private Wiltshire home in light of King Charles III's ascension to the British throne, a royal insider has revealed. 

The 75-year-old is expected to continue using Ray Mill House, which she purchased in 1996 after divorcing her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, despite His Majesty's recent inheritance of a whole host of new properties. 

King Charles II, who has lived at Clarence House with Camilla since 2005, will reportedly soon move into Buckingham Palace, where he intends to hold a 'flat above the shop'. The 73-year-old will be joined at the historic tourist attraction by Camilla, but it doesn't look like she plans to live there full-time. 

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It's understood that Camilla has always preferred her £850k six-bedroom mansion in the country to the Royal Family's official residences, which are known to be heavily guarded and staffed by an army of servants. Even Highgrove House, King Charles III's private home in Gloucestershire, suffers from many of the formalities you'd find at Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle, and Windsor Castle. 

"If you consider that Highgrove is the most relaxed of the King’s residences, even there you are always surrounded by a team of private staff including a chef, a butler, and police on every corner, so there is no true private time," a friend of the Queen told the Telegraph

Ray Mill House, on the other hand, offers the ideal "escape" for Camilla, where she can "kick off her shoes" without feeling like she's under surveillance. 

"The King has grown up with that all of his life, so it’s not such a burden for him to exist in that observed world, but the Queen Consort has spent most of her life as a private citizen – so she understands the meaning of shutting your front door and having a place to yourself." 

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The news comes shortly after it was revealed that Camilla's Ray Mill House gives her a 'sense of empowerment', allowing the regal grandmother to be 'a person in her own right' despite her royal status. It's understood that the gorgeous property will become even more important to her as she embarks on the most important stage of her public service. 

"Ray Mill is the only place where she can literally and metaphorically kick off her shoes and spend time with family and friends in a really informal setting," the Queen's friend added. 

"It’s an escape from royal life and it will be treasured even more greatly now."

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.