Prince Charles will have to make enormous sacrifice when he becomes King

Prince Charles has reportedly made the lifechanging decision to fulfill the Queen's wishes

Prince Charles to make huge sacrifice for Queen when he becomes King
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Prince Charles will have to make a huge sacrifice when he becomes King if he wants to fulfill the Queen's wishes, according to a royal insider. 


Prince Charles will be expected to make a major life change when he becomes King —and he's unlikely to be happy about it. 

The Prince of Wales and his wife, Duchess Camilla, are reportedly planning to move into Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty dies to create "a visible symbol of the monarchy in the nation's capital." 

The London residence hasn't been permanently occupied by any Royal Family members for years now, making it more of a tourist attraction than the 'working hub' it was intended to be. The exciting news comes shortly after the Queen confirmed that Camilla will be Queen Consort when Charles ascends the throne. 

"There is no question about it," a source told the Daily Mail on Monday. "HRH's view is that you need a monarch at monarchy HQ. This has never been in doubt." 

Charles and Camilla's primary address is Clarence House, a mere 20-minute walk from Buckingham Palace, but the couple has reportedly always preferred living at their eight-bedroom retreat in the Cotswolds. 

A general view of the gardens at Highgrove House on June 5, 2013 in Tetbury, England

Prince Charles will have to move from Highgrove House to Buckingham Palace when he becomes King 

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Highgrove House, which has been home to the Prince of Wales for over 40 years now, has long been considered his favorite royal residence. He and Camilla chose to spend much of the pandemic at the country manor, commuting into London for public engagements when necessary. 

However, it looks like Charles will be hanging out at the Gloucestershire property a lot less when he succeeds the Queen as monarch. The 73-year-old is determined to respect his mother's insistence that Buckingham Palace "should remain a family home of sorts", according to Page Six, and is fully prepared to relocate. 

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Buckingham Palace will be Charles and Camilla's new home when the Queen dies

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The move won't come easily to the future King, though. Longtime climate activist Prince Charles has reportedly never been fond of the 775-roomed Buckingham Palace, believing it to be unsustainable from a "cost and environmental perspective." 

"I know he is no fan of ‘the big house’, as he calls the palace," a royal source told the Sunday Times. "He doesn’t see it as a ­viable future home or a house that’s fit for purpose in the modern world." 

Charles is also known to be far more comfortable in rural areas, where he can enjoy his beloved pastimes of gardening and shooting on his doorstep. While Buckingham Palace certainly has its plush green spaces, they're undeniably no comparison to the sprawling grounds of Highgrove. 

As for Windsor Castle, it's been speculated that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take over the Queen's Berkshire property when Charles becomes King. 

The switch could put a damper on Kate and William's current moving plans, which reportedly involve them relocating from Kensington Palace in London to Fort Belvedere in Great Windsor Park. Rumor has it that the couple wishes to continue raising their three children outside of the city, in the hope of giving them a more normal upbringing away from the media's glare. 

Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.