Catherine Zeta Jones & Michael Douglas are renting an apartment in St. James’s Palace

Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas have homes all over the place. I think they’ve been New York-based for years, but they’ve also owned homes in California, Mallorca, Bermuda, Wales and more. Over the years, they’ve sold a lot of real estate, especially when Michael had health issues. I guess the upkeep was too much, plus who wants to spend the rest of their lives just trying to visit all of their international homes? In any case, it looks like Zeta and Michael were in the market for a rental in London, and instead of firing up the Sotheby’s real estate listings, they decided to rent an apartment in… St. James’s Palace??

Royalists Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have reportedly moved into a new apartment inside St James’s Palace. The Hollywood superstars are now a stone’s throw from the home of the King and Queen Consort, while Princesses Anne and Beatrice are even closer neighbours. The couple, who are ardent monarchists, are understood to have rented a flat at London’s oldest palace recently to be their base in the city. One insider said: ‘It’s just perfect for their requirements when they’re visiting the capital.’

A one-bedroom flat at the palace, likely to be much smaller than the couple’s, is currently on the rental market for just under £4,000 a month. Rentals within the palace first became available in 2015.

At the time, a source said: ‘In theory, anyone can apply but all prospective tenants will be subject to security and background checks.’

St James’s Palace was built by Henry VIII in the 16th century. Zeta Jones and Fatal Attraction star Douglas, 78, have a son, Dylan, 22, and daughter, Carys, 19. They previously divided their time between a £4million mansion in Irvington, New York state, and a 12-bedroom holiday home in Majorca. They are also thought to own properties in Bermuda and Canada.

Zeta-Jones spoke this week about her admiration for the Royal Family and revealed that she had once had lunch with Queen Camilla.

‘I’m a massive royalist,’ she said. ‘In our family, we’ll dress up on royal occasions. My son will wear a top hat and tails and have scones. I had a wonderful lunch with Camilla and Lady Astor in New York years ago, before they were even married, and I loved her. What you see is what you get with Camilla.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I didn’t actually know that St. James’s Palace apartments were available for rent by non-royals, non-royal-adjacents or non-royal staffers. I knew about other royal properties – like, there are all of those castles, forts, mansions and cottages on the Royal Windsor estate, and regular (rich) people can rent those. The Duchy of Cornwall is full of rental properties. But St. James’s Palace? Interesting. Anyway, I kind of wonder if they’ll get out of the lease pretty quickly, once the novelty wears off. Most of those palaces are in terrible shape, they’re drafty as hell and the spaces are not as luxurious as people think.

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  1. Lurker25 says:

    Wow. Camilla was busily making a LOT of friends 🤮

    • BothSidesNoww says:

      All while making enemies as well. Got to hand it to her she is a multitasker.

  2. Blue Nails Betty says:

    Sounds like CZJ is angling for an invitation to the Chubbly.


  3. Seraphina says:

    Well, now that I know they are ardent monarchists I will have to change my viewpoint on these two.
    Funny how they look down on celebrities when referring to Meghan but having two white celebrities in the palace is ok – so close to the God ordained royal family. But I guess if the white couple is paying money they will look the other way. I guess the BaRF can be bought – but we knew that all along.

  4. JMoney says:

    Actually this is a money maker I see the RF pivoting to in the long term.

    Renting out their properties which have the most stringent security and privacy is something I can see big name celebs esp non UK ones wanting to use while filming in London.

    The only downside is celebs will be voluntold to have “lunch” with the royals who are your landlords. It’s a way for the RF to buy loyalty and “friendship”. Hence why regardless of Catherine and Michael having lived there for sometime it was not “leaked”.

    • BothSidesNoww says:

      I could see the BaRF wanting tit-for-tat in living arrangements. But yet the BaRF is accustomed to tit-for-tat actually. What was I thinking??

  5. Brassy Rebel says:

    The Sussexes can’t stay at Frogmore Cottage where they have a lease, but a couple of Hollywood B listers can rent an apartment in St. James Palace. Charles and Camilla are utter trash.

    • BQM says:

      Whatever one thinks of this, there’s no universe Michael Douglas is B list. You could argue CZJ on her own maybe but as a couple they’re Hollywood A list. But some people here were arguing Meghan was B list for Suits.

  6. BothSidesNoww says:

    DB’s bedroom and bathroom are making me anxious just by looking at them. As for her items strewn on the floor I would certainly broken those. The bathroom gives my hives just by the looks. But at least it’s a somewhat clean sloppy in which she seems to be able to find items. I think 🤔

  7. HeatherC says:

    I am so disappointed and shake my head in dismay and disgust when an American is an “ardent royalist.”

  8. Elizabeth Kerri Mahon says:

    Well, if there is room at St. James Palace for these two, then KCIII can find room for the Sussexes.

  9. Naughty list✔️.

  10. Jais says:

    Is Michael Douglas really a royalist? I guess he’s married to one and they’re both choosing to live in a palace but does that make him one too? Feels like a novelty thing.

  11. Zapp Brannigan says:

    So am I the only one that remembers the rumours of Charles and CZJ fling in the early nineties? Has the hen moved a fox into the henhouse right under the rottweilers nose?

    • Nanny to the Rescue says:

      I highly doubt that. Charlie Boy had a great beautiful younger wife in Diana and still pined for Camilla, of all people. I think she’s his substitute mummy and he’ll never grow up from that phase. She’s even taking Liz’s title now.

  12. Simone says:

    Good way to keep her name top of the honors list to upgrade her CBE into Dame Catherine

  13. Steph says:

    Many years ago when I went to Bermuda, I was talking to cab driver. He told me that property could not be bought by men who weren’t citizens and (I think he said this next part) that men who weren’t born on the island couldn’t get citizenship.
    So I did some googling on their home in Bermuda. Turns out, MD’s family was one of the first colonizers there and his mom is still a citizen. While I would never admit that with the pride he did, thought it was an interesting tidbit of info.

    • Queen of Rosé says:

      Bermudian here.

      MD has Bermuda status as his mom is Bermudian so he very well may be a royalist (we are a UK territory). Also non Bermudians can buy property but it has to be over $2m.

      I met them both years ago in Bermuda. They are shockingly tiny people but lovely.

      • HamsterJam says:

        I have only met a handful of movie stars in the wild and they were all SHOCKINGLY tiny and good looking.

        Like teeny tiny unbelievably gorgeous leprechaun human hybrids

  14. Mila says:

    Has it been forgotten that CZJ was employed by Phillip to be Charles’ mistress in the early 90’s to keep him away from Cowmilla?
    Which is why this whole Palace apartment is even more gross.

  15. Mtl.Ex.Pat says:

    They used to own a mansion on a lake near the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. (It may still be theirs – it was up for sale a few years ago but don’t know if it sold). Our friends who work in the local restaurants said he was ok but she was rude. So London is welcome to them….

  16. paige says:

    Michael Douglas and who? That’s not CZJ..Well it certainly doesn’t look like her anymore.. She’s made herself look so much older than her years with all that crap she’s done to her face.

  17. Anna says:

    Up until this article, I thought CZJ and MD had gotten a divorce years ago.. Huh.