Kate Middleton, Prince William’s Housekeeper Quits: Is Job At The Palace Too Demanding?

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s housekeeper couldn’t keep up with the Royals’ lifestyle and has tendered her resignation. Sadie Rice, who is reportedly being paid £35,000 per year (almost $45,000) for her services, has only been at Kate and Wills’ employ for only two years. Money doesn’t seem to be the issue for the housekeeper, as she is said to be quitting over the Duke and Duchess’ increasing demands.

All-Around Housekeeper

The Sun reported that Sadie is an all-around maid at Anmer Hall, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s official residence. Her tasks include cleaning, doing the laundry, shopping, and “some cooking.”

Though small compared to other royal residences, Anmer Hall isn’t exactly tiny. The 18th-century country home has 10 bedrooms, a swimming pool, and a tennis court. The estate was a gift from the Queen to the Duke and Duchess on their wedding. The young couple chose it for its country charm and the privacy it brings. It is near Sandringham Estate, Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite vacation home.

According to an insider at Sandringham, Sadie is “a hard worker” but the job is simply too much.

“They wanted her to spend more time at Kensington Palace and her work was increasing all the time. She wasn’t having a normal life outside work. Sadie’s serving her notice and it seems nothing will change her mind. It’s their loss. They will regret losing Sadie as the right people aren’t easy to find.”

Kate Middleton as a hands-on mother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Pippa Middleton’s wedding last May 20. [Image by Justin Tallis/Pool Photo via AP Images]

Sadie, The Royal Maid

Sadie Rice, a 35-year-old “royal maid,” is used to being around monarchs as she has been working with kings and queens for quite some time now. Princess Kate hired her in 2015, while she was working with Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. She has lived with the Norweigan Royal Family for five years.

Before that, Sadie also worked for Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace as a maid. The Queen is said to be fond of her.

Prince William And Kate Middleton To Move To Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently preparing to move from Anmer Hall to Kensington Palace in London this fall to be full-time Royals. It can be remembered that the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, recently announced his resignation from official duties. As such, Prince William is expected to step up and perform his duties as second-in-line to the British throne.

Kate Middleton talks to Prince George as U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Prince William at Kensington Palace on April 22, 2016 [Image by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images]

According to E! News, Kensington Palace announced early this year that Prince William would soon retire from East Anglian Air Ambulance where he currently is a search and rescue pilot. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will uproot their small family, leave their idyllic life at the countryside, and move to a busier London.

“The Royal Highnesses are keen to increase their official work on behalf of the Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time spend in London.”

In contrast to their current home, Kensington Palace is a challenge to maintain, to say the least. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s apartment alone has 22 rooms and two kitchens, and the Duke and Duchess are even adding a two-level basement. This will give them an additional 1,500 square feet of space. According to The Daily Mail, renovations are on the way ahead of their move-in come fall.

Kate Middleton and Prince William were hoping to take Sadie along with them in their big move, but the housekeeper refused. Sadie’s resignation is surely a hard blow to the royal couple, as they are said to be looking for more staff to help them in their bigger and fancier home. The Duke and Duchess are said to be upset, especially since their kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are already comfortable with her.

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