Watch the full interview with royal correspondent Camilla Tominey and historian Kate Williams on episode five of Yahoo UK’s brand new show ‘The Royal Box’ below.
Move over Buckingham Palace; Kensington Palace is becoming the new royal HQ.
The past few years have seen multiple young royals – including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children , Meghan Markle and Prince Harry , Princess Eugenie and husband-to-be Jack Brooksbank – move into the iconic residence.
According to royal experts, this shift is about far more than revitalising the building; it’s a “movement of a seat of power”.
“This is the new power place, this is actually where power is, this is where a lot of attention is, this is the future of the monarchy,” royal historian Prof. Kate Williams tells Yahoo UK during episode five of ‘The Royal Box’.
Following their marriage, William and Kate moved to Nottingham Cottage in 2011, and later into the renovated Apartment 1A after their son Prince George was born in 2013.
In 2012, Prince Harry followed in his brother’s footsteps, moving out of Clarence House and into a one-bedroom apartment in Kensington Palace.
He and Meghan Markle then moved into Nottingham Cottage around the time of their engagement.
Buckingham Palace, the current residence of the Queen, appears to be falling out of favour with the royal family.
The central London building has always been the family’s headquarters as it’s where the monarch is homed, but that might not always be the case.
It’s been reported that Prince Charles has chosen to remain in Clarence House with Camilla when he becomes King, and that he wishes to turn Buckingham Palace into a museum instead.
He is said to believe the 775-room palace is too costly to run and that its upkeep is not ‘environmentally sustainable’.
In the same vein, Prince William and his family are expected to move into Buckingham Palace when he eventually becomes King, but with it all changing, it remains to be seen if they’ll make the move.
“William and Harry used to be managed under the auspices of Clarence House, they were very much in their father’s shadow,” royal correspondent Camilla Tominey explains.
“While the princes are very mindful of the fact they shouldn’t be overshadowing their father, because he’s the man who be king, there’s a sense they want to do things their own way.”
Tominey cites the young royals’ charity, the Royal Foundation, which is spearheaded by William, Kate, Harry and Meghan.
“That’s quite independent from the rest of the household. It’s them saying ‘We’re now a unit’.”
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