Kate Middleton may never get to sit alongside Prince William as the joint royal head of Buckingham Palace, as it's rumored that Prince Charles plans to turn the official London residence of British sovereigns since 1837 into a tourist attraction.
It is naturally assumed that Kate Middleton and Prince William will sit in Buckingham Palace as king and queen, or at least king and wife, but it turns out that Prince Charles has plans for the historic building, that Her Majesty has long called home.
Writing in the Daily Express, Adam Helliker reports that the whispers from the top are speculating that when Prince Charles takes the throne, he plans to ship out of Buckingham Palace and leave it as a place for the common herd to enjoy, as opposed to the residential seat of future monarchs.
It's not known if Kate Middleton, who's often portrayed as a simple country girl at heart, has ever had her heart set upon ruling the roost at Buckingham Palace in the heart of old London town. But by the time Prince William becomes King, every last eloquent inch of the famous palace could be overrun with enthusiastic and under-dressed tourists taking pictures on their mobile phones and chomping excitedly on fast food treats.
According to a senior courtier, Prince Charles plans to relocate the Royal Family to Windsor Castle in an all out campaign to modernize the monarchy.
"One of the ideas that Charles has discussed is for the Royal Family to leave Buckingham Palace entirely, turning it into a kind of grand official centre for events, an art gallery and public use."Obviously it would be bad form on behalf of Prince Charles to speculate on what he plans to do following the death of his mother, but there's little doubt in most people's minds that all the royals, including Kate Middleton, will be in for a rude awakening when Prince Charles seizes the reins and calls the shots.
And perhaps the first casualty of war will be Buckingham Palace. With its cracked roof, falling walls, and decrepit heating system, BP as the royals lovingly refer to it, is a money pit without equal. The latest estimates suggest it would cost £50 million to carry out the necessary repair work and make BP fit for purpose once more.
Despite former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill insisting that Monarchs belong at Buckingham Palace, the Queen has always regarded it as more of an office as opposed to a home.
Leaving Buckingham Palace would allow Prince Charles to wash his hands of a money pit, but it would also deny Prince William and Kate Middleton the opportunity to sit in a palace that looms large in the public consciousness as the spiritual home of the British royal family.
Would turning Buckingham Palace into a tourist attraction be a mistake which implies that Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton are also redundant figures of a bygone age?