Once on the throne, Prince Charles intends to make Highgrove his family home. Problem: this property in Gloucestershire will then belong to the Duke of Cornwall, which his son William will inherit.
Upon the death (or abdication) of Elizabeth II, her son Charles will succeed her on the British throne. Among his first commitments, the future king intends to “cut back” on the lifestyle of the monarchy. And intends to start with the distribution of the official royal residences. According to the Daily Mail, this Saturday, October 2, the father of William and Harry would like to install his quarters at Highgrove, his country residence, property of the Duchy of Cornwall in Gloucestershire. A duchy that Prince William will inherit when his father becomes king.
Thus, Prince Charles will have to pay rent to his son, up to 820,000 euros per year. The son of Elizabeth II will continue at the same time to live in an apartment at Buckingham Palace. “Charles is not a fan of Windsor [Elizabeth II’s second official residence after Buckingham] because it’s too noisy,” a source close to the prince told the Daily Mail. Other moves are under consideration: currently installed at Kensington Palace, Prince William and Kate Middleton should put their bags at Windsor Castle. Clarence House, the current official residence in London of Prince Charles, would be reserved for George, Charlotte and Louis. Initially, the property should have been Harry’s, but his shock departure to California changed that somewhat.
A short list of senior members
Wishing to reduce public spending, Prince Charles plans to reduce the private spaces of Buckingham Palace. The goal is to open the legendary palace to the public more widely, year-round. The Scottish residence of Balmoral, where Elizabeth II spends her summer vacations, could become a museum in tribute to the sovereign. In addition to real estate issues, Charles’ plan also concerns the line of succession to the throne. In December 2020, the number of senior members of the crown has already been reduced to seven: Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince William and Kate Middleton and finally Prince Edward and his wife Sophie of Wessex.
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