Prince William and Kate Middleton’s New Neighbors Have To Follow Some Strict Rules

If you thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle neighbors were the only ones who reportedly have to follow specific rules to live near the royals, think again. Houses on the market near Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s country home come with some pretty strict rules as well for anyone who wants to live near the future king and queen.

William and Middleton spend most of their time at Kensington Palace in London, which is their primary residence. However, if you want to live close to their Amner Hall home in Norfolk you’ll have to meet several requirements.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton| Antony Jones/Getty Images

Dogs only, no cats

You don’t have to be rich to live near to the royals as a two-bedroom cottage next to Amner Hall is listed for around $850 a month, but you don have to go through a thorough application process.

One thing to note if you want to live there is that not all furry friends are welcome. The bad news for cats lovers is that they are not allowed. There are a few other properties for rent in the area but every one has the same strict no-cat policy. And when it comes to man’s best friend, only some dogs are permitted.

We know the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are animals lovers and have a dog named Lupo. For anyone who wants to know if their pooch makes the cut too, well that “will be considered on a house by house basis.” 

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, and Lupo
Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince George with dogs Tilly (Middleton family pet) and Lupo | Michael Middleton – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Must work in the area to live there

Another thing to keep in mind is that unlike William and Middleton, anyone who chooses to rent a property cannot use it as a vacation home. It must be a full-time residence for the duration of the tenant’s time there and they must work in the area as well.

“Sandringham’s housing policy is to let properties as a primary residence, prioritizing those who live and work locally. Those moving to the area are also considered,” the website of the listings states. “Properties are not let on a first-come, first-served basis but rather on which prospective tenant is best suited to the property.”

Harry and Markle’s rules for their neighbors

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images

In July 2019, William’s younger brother and his wife made headlines after it was reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a list of rules and demands for people who lived around them. These were dubbed the “do and don’t commandments”  and were reportedly given to all their neighbors in Windsor.

According to sources who spoke to The Sun, the prince and former actress issued a set of demands of how their neighbors should conduct themselves when they are in their presence.

Some of the rules allegedly given to folks in the neighborhood were to not try and engage them in conversation, not to pet their dogs, and not to ask to see baby Archie. However, a palace spokesperson has since denied that any such demands were made by Markle and Harry.

“The Duke and Duchess didn’t request this, didn’t know about it, and had nothing to do with the content or guidance offered,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

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