After spending a cool $6.6 million renovating their Kensington Palace apartment, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton will be moving out of London in favor of spending a majority of their time at their summer home, Anmer Hall, according to a report.
The Daily Mail says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 32, are relocating with their 1-year-old son, Prince George, to their Norfolk, England, abode in order to be closer to William’s new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
“Kensington Palace officials are expected to confirm within the next few weeks that Prince William has postponed taking on full-time royal duties to work as a helicopter pilot,” reported the site. “As a result, sources say his wife and son will spend a large part of each week at Amner Hall, on the queen’s Sandringham estate, where William will be able to be a hands-on dad.”
Prince William’s new gig, following on his search and rescue helicopter pilot work in the Royal Air Force, will earn him a rumored $54,000 USD per year. The royal will reportedly start his training in September.
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But the prince's new job is not the only reason for the alleged relocation. According to insiders, Prince William and Middleton both share the desire for their son, Prince George, the third in line to the British throne, to enjoy his childhood out of the spotlight.
“William is believed to want his own son to experience the same carefree, rural childhood he enjoyed at the various royal country residences,” reads the report, a source adding that the couple’s move is also the result of them feeling “trapped” in their 22-room apartment at Kensington Palace in London.
William was last rumored to be moving his family to his summer home earlier this month, reported Life & Style magazine, citing Middleton’s alleged feud with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, as the cause.
“She feels very embarrassed by Kate,” an insider told the tabloid of the 88-year-old monarch, who is rumored to have been secretly “at war” with the duchess ever since her marriage to William in 2011.
"They’re basing themselves at Anmer Hall in Norfolk,” a source added of the family’s current location.