Prince Charles left ‘out in the cold’ by Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s country home decision

The Prince of Wales was reportedly 'shocked' at their choice

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Prince Charles reportedly felt left "out in the cold" when Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge decided their countryside home should be in Norfolk, a royal expert has claimed.

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are understood to be very close to their Cambridge grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. 

Recent reports have also suggested that the couple’s daughter-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helped to bring the Prince of Wales and his son Prince William closer together. It’s now thought that in recent years father and son are closer than ever. 

However, it seems that despite their family closeness, it's been suggested that there was one decision that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made that potentially meant Prince Charles felt a little left out.

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Speaking on the new Channel 5 documentary, When the Middletons Met the Monarchy, royal expert Jennie Bond said: "There is a little tension sometimes about who gets to see the grandkids most.”

She revealed that: "Catherine will always turn to Carole for help, advice, guidance and just get togethers with the kids possibly before she would get together with Camilla and Charles."

Fellow royal expert Tom Quinn then reportedly added: "He was shocked and a little saddened that William and Kate decided that their country house should be in Norfolk, a very long way from Highgrove in Gloucestershire.”

"It sort of left him slightly out in the cold," Mr. Quinn explained.

What is Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s countryside home?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently understood to be at their countryside home, Anmer Hall, on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. 

Gifted to them by Prince William’s grandmother, the Queen, the royal couple usually split their time between Anmer Hall and their Kensington Palace residence. 

The current UK lockdown restrictions mean that schools, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s school, Thomas’s Battersea, are closed and it's thought that the family has remained at Anmer Hall after spending Christmas there. Whilst Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are believed to be at their Gloucestershire home, Highgrove House, many miles away.

The current restrictions are not set to lift until at least mid-February, meaning that the Duke and Duchess’ young children will likely have gone quite some time without seeing Prince Charles or Duchess Camilla.

We can’t wait for the family to be reunited soon!

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!