Kate Middleton's parents to convert Bucklebury Manor for heartwarming reason, says inside source

The Duchess of Cambridge's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, are reportedly seeking to provide accommodation for Ukrainian refugees

Kate Middleton's parents to convert Bucklebury Manor for heartwarming reason
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Carole and Michael Middleton are looking to host Ukrainian refugees at their mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire, according to an inside source. 

The Duchess of Cambridge's parents are hoping to accommodate Ukrainian refugees at their Georgian mansion in Berkshire, a royal insider has claimed. 

Carole and Michael Middleton reportedly wish to host a family from the war-torn European country after seeing so many of their neighbors offer up their homes in response to the crisis, and are now determined to complete the charitable deed themselves. 

It's understood that the affluent couple, who lives in a £4.7 million seven-bedroom called Bucklebury Manor, is considering multiple options for how they could best help Ukrainian refugees. The uplifting news comes a few months after Prince William and Kate Middleton admitted they feel ‘useless’ when answering George and Charlotte's questions about Ukraine. 

"Carole talked about wanting refugees to feel they have their own space in her home and has been talking about the logistics of how it all works," the source told the MailOnline. "There have been a few conversations about this, back and forth." 


Carole and Michael Middleton 

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One possibility is the conversion of Bucklebury Manor's drawing-room into accommodation, which would allow Carole and Michael to live in close proximity with their new residents, and, ideally, establish a mutual connection more quickly. 

This option could, however, pose some issues for Kate's protection team - who normally stay in the main house when the Duchess comes to visit. 

Meanwhile, Carole is supporting refugees in other ways "while she sorts out the logistics for accommodating them at her home." It's understood that the 67-year-old businesswoman is particularly keen on "hosting a fundraiser or a village social event" for Ukrainian families and individuals at Bucklebury Farm Park, the petting zoo owned by her son-in-law, James Matthews. 

This is far from the first report suggesting that the Queen's relatives would open their doors to people displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was revealed in March that senior royals could help Ukraine's refugees by offering one of their many properties across the United Kingdom, shortly after the government encouraged Brits to provide accommodation to those in need. 

While it remains unknown which residences are likely to be used, a number of royal abodes, including Sandringham House in Norfolk and Balmoral Castle in Scotland, have already been speculated as potential candidates.

Emma Dooney
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