The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge won't be returning to their London home in Kensington Palace "for the foreseeable future," according to palace source. The royals, along with their three children - Prince George, seven; Princess Charlotte, five; and two-year-old Prince Louis - are instead staying put at their country retreat, Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
The Cambridges travelled from London to Anmer Hall - which is on the royal Sandringham Estate - before Christmas, so they could spend the festive period there. Usually the family would be at Sandringham over Christmas anyway for a big royal family festive get together, but with the fast spread of coronavirus, all that was called off this year in place of smaller, individual family celebrations.
William, Kate and the children would likely have planned to return to their London home - Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace - in early January, in time for the kids to go back to school, but that didn't happen either. On Monday night (4 January), Prime Minister Boris Johnson instructed the whole of England to once again stay inside their homes, and announced that primary schools, secondary schools and colleges must close. For the Cambridges, and so many other parents across the country, that means it's now back to homeschooling.
The new lockdown means it doesn't matter where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decide to base themselves, and a report from the Mirror, who spoke to an insider at the palace, suggests the family now plan to reside in Norfolk open-endedly. It's not hugely surprising that they've chosen to stay in the location that gives them access to more outdoor space, as it's where the family spent most of the first lockdown, from March until July last year.
Location is also irrelevant to video calls, which William and Kate had in abundance throughout the first lockdown, when they weren't able to travel for their royal duties. According to the Mirror's source, the couple plan to resume these Zoom calls this time around, too.
"The family is committed to working together to help the country through the next stage of the crisis. Plans are already in place to reach out to a range of charities and businesses and fortunately they are well versed in the world of video calls now," said the insider.
While it's clear that William and Kate love their country life at Anmer Hall, lockdown probably won't all be plain sailing. The parents previously spoke openly about the "challenges" of homeschooling their two eldest children, and how that can cause tensions between Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Speaking during an appearance on This Morning last May, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed: "George gets very upset because he wants to do Charlotte's projects. Because making things like spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work!"
You Might Also Like