While the likes of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle suit the Royal Family perfectly, it appears that one Royal is considering a massive violation of tradition when it comes to where he will settle.
Prince Charles intends to live in an “apartment above a store” when he becomes king, according to a privileged source. Not what we expected either.
It turns out that Prince Charles plans to reduce the royal domain considerably when he eventually ascends the throne. Speaking to Daily mail, the royal source revealed that the Prince of Wales wanted to downsize the monarch’s living quarters at Buckingham Palace and open up more space to the public. Likewise, he plans to convert the Queen’s favorite residence, Balmoral Castle, into a museum.
Currently, Buckingham Palace has 52 royal and guest rooms and 188 staff rooms, and although there are public tours of the State Rooms and the Garden, Prince Charles intends to significantly increase the area open to the public.
“The Prince of Wales strongly believes that these places have to offer something to the public beyond just being a place to live for members of the royal family,” said the source. “Everything is seen through the prism of the question: ‘What value is an offer to the public? “
The insider continued, “Despite what everyone thinks he doesn’t want to live there, there will certainly be accommodation – but it will be a much more modest situation above the store, similar to the Prime Minister’s. in Downing Street. . ”
As to why the 72-year-old is not planning to open the entire palace to the public, the source explained that there were several reasons for this. “The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall are both very practical and see that the reigning monarch must live at Buckingham Palace,” the source pointed out, “otherwise it would become like Hampton Court – an attraction for visitors rather than a palace royal in activity. “
Another reason is that future Royals will always need a place to live. Take for example the children of Cambridge, who currently live with their parents at Kensington Palace. “Everyone recognizes that it makes no sense to run so many residences, but if you abandon them completely you will never get them back when Prince George and the young Royals grow up and need a place to live,” he said. explained the source.
By then, Prince Charles would love to see the Cambridges move to Windsor Castle – which, thankfully, they’ve already thought about. “Charles doesn’t like Windsor because it’s quite loud,” the privileged source said, adding that the Cambridges would be much better suited there instead.
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