The Prince and Princess of Wales to 'delay' Windsor Castle move to minimize 'disruption'

King Charles III reportedly wishes for the Prince and Princess of Wales to move from Adelaide Cottage into Windsor Castle, the Queen's former residence

Prince and Princess of Wales to 'delay' Windsor Castle move to minimize 'disruption'
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Prince William and Kate Middleton will delay moving to Windsor Castle in light of their recent relocation to Adelaide Cottage, a royal source has revealed. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton plan to 'delay' moving to Windsor Castle in the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth II's death, in order to avoid unnecessary 'disruption' to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales moved to the nearby Adelaide Cottage with their three children at the beginning of September, having spent the last eleven years living just a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace at Kensington Palace

It's understood that the future King and Queen-Consort were keen to leave London to give their royal offspring a more normal upbringing away from the spotlight, along with more opportunities to see Queen Elizabeth II – who resided permanently at Windsor Castle before her death on September 8, 2022. 

Unfortunately, the couple's hopes that the Berkshire move would strengthen George, Charlotte, and Louis' relationship with their great-grandmother weren't to be. 

Prince George of Wales and Princess Charlotte of Wales during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte 

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The Queen died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland just a week after the Wales's settled into Adelaide Cottage, giving the young family no time to enjoy the royal matriarch's company in her final days. 

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party as it departs Westminster Abbey

Queen Elizabeth II died shortly after the Wales's children moved to Windsor

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It's now been reported that William and Kate have decided to 'delay' a speculated second move to Windsor Castle, following news that King Charles III believes that his son and daughter-in-law should permanently occupy the Berkshire mansion in the Queen's absence. The royal couple has no plans to pack up their belongings any time soon though, having only recently settled into Adelaide Cottage with their three kids. 


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"They won’t be starting from scratch when it comes to decisions on what happens to all of the royal properties," a source told the Telegraph, "because there have been lots of conversations about that over the years, but things can change when family dynamics are taken into account and they will want as little disruption to their children’s lives as possible right now." 

George, Charlotte, and Louis have only just been enrolled at Lambrook School, a prestigious fee-paying school situated just a 15 minutes' drive from Adelaide Cottage. 

"They are very happy right now at Windsor and for the next decade or so everything will be pretty much dictated by what is right for the children," the insider added.

Her Majesty's passing brought new titles for many members of the Royal Family – and with these new titles inevitably comes more seniority. 

With William and Kate now the Princess and Princess of Wales, King Charles III is reportedly eager for them to move into one of the larger royal residences. Windsor Castle, which has since been described as 'a lonely place' by Prince Harry, makes the most sense in light of their close proximity to the property. 

"The Prince of Wales strongly believes that these places have got to deliver something for the public beyond just being somewhere for members of the Royal Family to live," a source said.

"Everything is seen through the lens of the question: 'What value is this offering to the public?" 

King Charles is reportedly planning to live in a flat above Buckingham Palace following his coronation, as part of his conviction that the reigning monarch should hold a residence at the Royal Family's London headquarters. He is expected to be joined by his wife, Camilla, Queen-Consort. 

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.