Prince William and Catherine Middleton are trying their best to incorporate normalcy for their children despite the prying eyes that constantly surround them. In an effort to keep Prince George and Princess Charlotte away from the glare of publicity, they relocated to Anmer Hall in Norfolk where they are reportedly enjoying a more private life.
According to Vanity Fair, the royal family is living in a 10-bedroom house and despite having several staff members, there is no in-house chef because the Duchess of Cambridge loves preparing dishes for everyone.
Catherine, however, made a joke at a recent charity dinner that her husband had to put up with her cooking “most of the time” to which Prince William responded that it’s the reason why he’s so skinny.
Prince George attends the Westacre Montessori thrice a week, and like most parents, the Duke and Duchess take turns dropping and fetching their eldest from school. The tot also gets the chance to have play dates that are supervised by his parents.
A Norfolk local told Vanity Fair why William and Kate loved living in the remote area.
“They are rarely bothered. No one takes pictures or tries to talk to them. That’s why they love it here. They love the normality of life in Norfolk, whether it’s popping to the butcher or into a local toyshop to get another helicopter for George.”
Another family insider said that Princess Diana’s eldest never really liked being hounded by the press.
“It’s no secret that William doesn’t like the media intrusion into his life and in the country he can escape. The Queen and the Prince of Wales have given their blessing for William to live this life, and William is very grateful. It’s enabling him and Kate to raise their family in a way that’s as close to ordinary as they can get.”
The arrangement, however, might soon change as the family is expected to move back to London to take on official duties. The couple reportedly wants to add another child to their family and prefers their children “to be close in age.”
Princess Charlotte does not really tire her parents for she loves sleeping at night although an insider revealed that she has “quite a feisty side.” Her older brother, on the other hand, is described as “lively” and “noisy” by both William and Kate. The Duchess makes it a point to dress him up in waterproof rompers when going out because George has a penchant for diving into puddles.
Prince William’s other half is also known for recycling her clothes despite the abundance of designers offering to fill her wardrobe.
When she attended Wednesday’s gala benefitting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, she wore an embellished Jenny Packham gown. It was the same gown she wore in 2011 during her first royal engagement following her wedding.
For Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, she also stunned many when she wore a Roksanda Ilincic dress that’s on sale for 50 percent off. The powder blue and coral piece’s cost has been reduced from £980 to £490.
The dress quickly sold out which can be attributed to the “Kate Effect.” When she became Prince William’s wife, the Duchess likewise became known as a fashion influencer. Many consumers end up buying the pieces Kate wears.
According to the Guardian, the effect is still very much alive. When the royal couple visited India recently, Kate wore a printed dress designed by Anita Dongre. She was photographed playing a spot of cricket while looking graceful in her light dress. When the photographs went out, the Indian designer’s website crashed. The brand only produces a maximum of 200 pieces per design but for the piece that Kate wore, they would reportedly increase the quantity five times more.
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