Just before Duchess Kate and Prince William married, there was a lot of discussion regarding where the new royal couple would live. At the time, William and Prince Harry seemed to share a large apartment in Clarence House, the residence of the Prince of Wales, and it was believed that when Will and Kate married, the Queen would make arrangements for them to live in their own apartment somewhere else. Well, all of those early reports were correct – Will and Kate will be moving into a newly refurbished apartment at Kensington Palace, and until the renovations are done, they stayed at William and Harry’s old Clarence House apartment for a time, and then they moved into Nottingham Cottage, which is KP-adjacent. I theorized that for the brief time when Harry, William and Kate lived together at Clarence House, it was going to be like a royal version of Three’s Company. What’s funny is that now Harry has moved in with Will and Kate at Nottingham Cottage!
Prince Harry has secretly moved in with his newly-wed brother and sister-in-law at their new official residence, Kensington Palace. The 27-year-old royal shipped his belongings over from his old room at Clarence House last week, shortly after returning from his hugely successful first solo tour on behalf of the Queen. And far from reminding the prince that ‘three’s a crowd’, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed Harry with open arms, the Mail can reveal.
William and Kate currently live in Nottingham Cottage, which is situated in the north of the palace grounds. Harry has moved into what is jokily being referred to as the ‘royal bedsit’ in a residential wing nearby, a modest one-bedroom former staff apartment with a small lounge, kitchenette and bathroom.
The apartment has been empty for some time meaning the third-in-line-to-the-throne, who used to share a suite of rooms with his brother at Clarence House, their father’s official London residence, was able to move in straight away.
When William and Kate eventually move into Princess Margaret’s old apartment, which will become their permanent Kensington Palace base, towards the end of next year, Harry will then take over their cottage.
A source told the Mail yesterday: ‘He has been really looking forward to getting his own place after living with his father for so long. Understandably he wants to spread his wings. Some people might find it strange that he is moving in next door to his brother and sister in law, but the three of them get on brilliantly and love spending time together. Prince Harry adores his brother and says Catherine is the sister he never had. They were so enthusiastic about the idea of living together that when it emerged that this apartment was free, Harry moved his gear in as soon as he could after returning from Brazil.’
A palace source described the prince’s apartment as ‘surprisingly modest’. ‘It’s a small, one-bedroomed apartment. Not what you might normally expect. But he is very happy with the arrangement,’ they said.
Royal sources have told correspondent Max Foster that Harry and his brother are determined to spend the rest of their lives working in partnership together.
‘Prince Harry and Prince William are a double act for the rest of their lives. They are very loyal and trust each other. Loyalty is key. Harry is very respectful towards William,’ said one.
The prince’s current priority, following his well-received inaugural royal tour to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, is his military career. Harry, who recently qualified as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, is currently undergoing pre-deployment training at his Army Air Corps base in Suffolk in the hope of being redeployed to the frontline in Afghanistan later this year. CNN have been told that unlike his first tour of duty, palace officials will not attempt to keep it under wraps, despite claims the news could make his regiment more of a Taliban target. Sources also reveal that the prince, who is normally guarded by a Scotland Yard police protection team 24 hours a day, will not have any extra personal security when on the frontline.
‘The thinking is that being an Apache pilot is quite an anonymous job and the Apache is already a target. They can’t be more of a target than they already are,’ the documentary is told. ‘The palace doesn’t see a need for Harry to have extra personal security in Afghanistan either, because his military base will, by its nature, already be secure.’
A St James’s Palace spokesman said: ‘Prince Harry moved into accommodation at Kensington Palace when he returned from the overseas tour. This will now act his official London Residence. He still anticipates moving into the property currently used by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge once they vacate it in the future.’
[From The Mail]
There’s more information about Prince Harry’s latest charitable works at that Mail link. As for the details on the living arrangements – I’ve said it before, and I shall say it again: there’s a good chance that Kate will end up giving birth to a ginger. I often wonder if Kate and William have any kind of sexual heat together (I don’t think they do), but you wouldn’t have to worry about Kate and Harry. THAT would be hot. Harry would bring the ginger fire (in his pants).
But yeah, it’s cute that William, Harry and Kate get along so well. Kate must feel like she married both of them sometimes.
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