The reason Prince William and Kate Middleton sleep separately when traveling by train has been revealed

Prince William and Kate Middleton never share a bed when aboard the Queen's iconic royal train

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Prince William and Kate Middleton don’t share a bed when travelling together by train—simply because there isn’t room. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton were forced to sleep separately during their festive three-day royal tour of Britain last December due to the limited space on their plush transportation. 

While the recently-aired Kate and William anniversary documentary didn't share too much of the couple's royal tours, we know what the couple spent plenty of time with each other on the Queen’s iconic train as they traveled across the country to thank frontline workers for their contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the pair had to split up when it came time to say good night. 

The iconic seven-carriage train does not have any double beds but instead includes suites with ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ three-foot-wide single beds. These simple sleeping arrangements match the vehicle’s surprisingly stripped-back interior.

The overall design is functional, with minimal decor and basic furniture. There is a wood-paneled dining room that can seat twelve guests, as well as workrooms for royals and their staff. 

CARLISLE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: A bed is made in staff accommodations aboard the bio-fuel powered Royal Train arriving at Carlisle Station before leaving for Scotland to pick up Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on September 6, 2010 in Carlisle, England. Prince Charles embarked today on a five day tour of the UK to promote sustainable living. The Prince will be travelling on the Royal Train which is powered by bio fuel as he takes his tour to cities and towns from Glasgow to London. (Photo by Danny Lawson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The royal train's bedrooms are surprisingly simple. 

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"There is a perception the train is a bit like the Orient Express,” director of royal travel Tim Hewlett told the BBC in 2002. “But there are not many bathroom furnishings you could not get in Homebase or B&Q.” 

The Queen’s quarters are also far less grandiose than her Buckingham Palace residence. Her Majesty has the privacy of her own carriage, but it shares its decor with the rest of the train. Despite its lackluster environment, the royal train remains the Queen’s favorite form of transport. 

The train’s interior hasn’t always been so mediocre. During the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1800s, it was decked out with lavish furnishings that echoed Buckingham Palace's design. 

UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 11: London North Western Railway, Queen Victoria's Saloon. (Photo by Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL/Getty Images)

The royal train used to be far more opulent.

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The monarch’s taste for bold colors and rich textures was evident in her luxurious saloon, which was customized for her in 1869. The opulent space was removed in 1977 and can now be viewed in all its glory at the York Railway Museum. 

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.