The Cambridges are currently based on the Sandringham Estate which they consider to be too far away both from their work and schools for their two older children, it is reported
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Prince William and Kate are “seriously considering” moving to Windsor to be closer to the Queen and royal decision making, it is reported.
The change of location from Sandringham would fit in with William having a more senior role in the Royal Family and a source has reportedly told the Daily Mail the couple have been “eyeing up” accommodation options.
Currently the Cambridges divide their time between their London base of Kensington Palace, where they have their offices and their country residence of Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.
The home on the Sandringham Estate was a wedding present from the Queen and worked well for them at the time as William was a helicopter pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Along with this the Cambridges wanted to give their children George, Charlotte and Louis a steady upbringing without public intrusion.
But now with the older two kids at London schools it means Anmer Hall is a long way to go at weekends.
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 any more.
“It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area.”
Being in Windsor would mean that they are closer to the Queen who is now on her own since Prince Philip ’s death and it would mean a lot to the elderly monarch to have them nearby.
Strategically as well the Cambridges would be nearer to the action and discussing royal matters.
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William has a close relationship with his grandmother and reportedly would go and have lunch with his grandparents while at Eton.
The Queen’s plan when she returns from holiday at Balmoral is to spend most of her time at Windsor and much less at Buckingham Palace so it would also fit in with the Cambridges moving there.
During the pandemic the Queen had already spent most of the lockdown with Philip at Windsor.
The Queen also has Prince Edward and Sophie near to Windsor at Bagshot Park and Prince Andrew lives at the Royal Lodge with his former wife Sarah Ferguson.
The move to Windsor would also be good for Kate’s family who are based not far away in Bucklebury. Her parents who see a lot of their grandchildren live there as does her sister Pippa.