The Prince of Wales had just the royal reaction to the spooky news
Prince William isn’t too cool for ghouls — or so easily spooked!
The Prince of Wales, 41, reportedly knew just what to say upon learning that Anmer Hall was haunted. Queen Elizabeth gifted her grandson with the stately Georgian mansion in the Norfolk countryside when he married Kate Middleton in 2011, and paranormal historian Richard Felix has claimed that the royal didn’t wince about the ghost of Anmer Hall.
"When the Prince of Wales and Princess of Wales moved into Anmer Hall, it’s more or less on the Sandringham Estate, there was a ghost there of a Catholic priest that lived there and was hanged, drawn and quartered for high treason, and for some reason, has returned to his home,” Felix said on the latest episode of Hello! A Right Royal Podcast, titled “Ghost Story Special.”
“Although he was executed in York, they’ve actually heard his voice. And they have seen the ghost of what they say is a priest, wandering around Anmer Hall,” he continued. "Before the Waleses moved in, they were warned about the ghost and the comment was, I presume it was from Prince William, he said, ‘No old hall would be complete without a ghost, would it?’ ”
Felix, a veteran ghost tour guide based in the U.K., was likely referring to Henry Walpole, the Jesuit priest who was executed in 1595 for his faith, according to The Tudor Society. Legend has it that he returned to his family’s Anmer Hall home after death with his spirit being seen roaming the grounds.
All spooky sightings aside, Anmer Hall has become a favorite escape for William and Kate as their family has expanded through the years. The couple is known to spend school breaks, weekends and holidays at the country home about 110 miles north of London with their three kids, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5 — and they might even have a trip planned there in the coming days!
George, Charlotte and Louis are currently on half-term break from the Lambrook School and are set to return to the classroom just in time for a kid-favorite holiday: Halloween. While the Prince and Princess of Wales have scaled back their schedules to spend extra time with their children during the school break, as they typically do, the parents might be keeping their kids busy with fall and Halloween-related activities during their time off, as they have in the past.
In 2019, Kate was spotted in a local supermarket in Norfolk with Prince George and Princess Charlotte picking out Halloween costumes. Local Kathy Whittaker spotted the Duchess of Cambridge, as she was styled at the time, browsing the holiday section.
"I didn't see what she actually bought. The lady that told me she was there had children with her, and she said Kate was asking her children what they were going to be for Halloween," Whittaker reportedly said. "I think she bought some Halloween bits for her kids, but I don't know what."
While George, Charlotte and Louis’ possible Halloween costumes have remained a royal secret, the trio likely inherited their dad’s sense of play around the holiday! Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle, Sandringham and even Kensington Palace, where William, Kate and their children lived before relocating to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor last year, are all said to be haunted by spirits and specters.
While some paranormal reports around the royal residences are almost as old as the properties themselves, it’s never stopped the royal kids from dressing up in costume.
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In January, London resident Jay Rutland shared a photo of Princess Kate taking Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis around to collect candy on Halloween in 2022, according to Hello! magazine.
"For anyone doubting how down to earth William and Kate are… This is Kate with their kids knocking on our door in London trick-or-treating at Halloween," Rutland captioned the snap, according to the outlet.
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