It has long been said that Charles plans a major shake-up of the Royal Family when he becomes head of state – and it could affect royal residences.
In a bid to slim down the royal estate when he ascends to the throne, it has been reported that he will live in little more than “a flat above the shop” at Buckingham Palace.
And according to the Mail on Sunday, he will use his beloved Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire as his family home.
Highgrove is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, which Prince William is set to inherit when his father becomes king.
This means that if Charles decides to stay at Highgrove, William will become his landlord and he will have to pay his son £700,000 a year in rent.
A source told the newspaper: “Charles is not keen on Windsor because it is quite noisy. His view is that if he’s heading to Windsor, he may as well carry on to Highgrove in Gloucestershire.”
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Among Charles’s other ambitious ideas is the opening of royal private spaces to members of the public, including throwing open the doors of Buckingham Palace and Balmoral.
It is also understood that William and the Duchess of Cambridge will move from Kensington Palace to Windsor Castle, a relocation that the couple is said to want.
It is also reported that Charles’s official London residence, Clarence House, was originally earmarked for Prince Harry but his departure to the US means that is “no longer on the cards”.
It is said the residence will likely be saved for Prince George, Princess Charlotte or Prince Louis.
Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to use Buckingham Palace as her official home – with all other monarchs following suit in the years since.
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The palace is currently used as a working royal residence, housing the Queen’s offices among its 775 rooms.
There are also 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.
Members of the public can currently visit the majestic staterooms, the gardens, see the priceless fine art hanging from the corridors and visit Her Majesty’s throne room.
The Queen moved into the palace following her father George VI’s coronation in 1936.
With her late husband Prince Philip, she raised four children there – Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.
The palace’s last renovation was during the Second World War, but in 2016 a £369million restoration of the palace was approved which is expected to be finished in 2027.