Kate and William to start blissful life in the country as couple plan move to Berkshire

Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly moving to Berkshire because they believe that "this stage in their life suburbia makes perfect sense".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge currently split their time between Kensington Palace and their weekend home in Amner Hall in Norfolk with their three children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and three year old Prince Louis.

But, it has now been reported that the royal couple are eyeing up a move to Windsor as they see it as "the perfect place" to raise their brood.

According to The Telegraph, William and Kate, whose home rules includes "no pizza on the sofa and no shouting", have their sights set on the Grade II listed house, Fort Belvedere.


The impressive property, which is said to be owned by the Crown Estate and leased to the billionaire Weston family, has a tower that faces towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park.

Fort Belvedere is also where the Queen's uncle Edward VIII signed his abdication papers in 1936.

It exists in a Gothic Revival style and is thought to have been built between 1750 and 1755 for Prince William Augustus.

According to the publication, the planned move has left those close to the couple "aghast" as many do not consider Berkshire the "proper countryside".

A source told the paper: "People can be very snotty about that area west of London, but that mainly comes out of ignorance".

If William and Kate do decide to move to Berkshire they will be just 32 miles away from Chapel Row, where Kate's family are based in a £4.7m estate called Bucklebury Manor.

The commute from Windsor to west London can also be achieved in 25 minutes.

Berkshire's location could also provide the advantage of William and Kate raising their young children away from the public eye.

Earlier this month, a source told the Mail on Sunday: "Anmer Hall made sense while William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia, and it was useful for Christmases at Sandringham, but it doesn't really work anymore.

"It's a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area."

Anmer Hall, which is on the Queen's Sandringham Estate, is currently the family's country home outside of the city in Norfolk.

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