Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Kensington Palace Apartment Has 1 Really Strange Room
When it comes to the British royal family, there is one thing that they have in spades — property. While Queen Elizabeth II spends her time at Buckingham Palace and Balmoral Castle, Prince Charles has Clarence House and a home in Scotland.
Though he’s no longer a working royal, Prince Andrew has his expansive York Lodge while Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry still rent Frogmore Cottage in addition to their new $14.7 million house in California.
For their part, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge split their time between Apartment 1A in Kensington Place and their country estate in Norfolk, Anmer Hall. Their apartment at Kensington Palace isn’t quite what it seems. In fact, it includes one very odd room.
Inside Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Kensington Palace Apartment
Though it’s been dubbed an apartment, Kate, Prince William, their three children, and their entire staff all fit comfortably in the sprawling 20-room home. The estate overlooks Hyde Park and has a reported three-master bedrooms.
The apartment, where Princess Margaret formally lived, has gone through major changes since the Cambridges have lived there. The duchess has reportedly decorated Prince George, Prince Charlotte, and Prince Louis’ rooms with IKEA furniture.
Also, we got an inside look into their common areas back in 2016 when then-President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama visited. The spaces are decorated in soft creams with pops of florals and bold colors that seem to fit the royal couple perfectly. British royal author Christopher Warwick explained to True Royalty’s Royal Beat,
It has 20 rooms from the basement to the attic, it’s not a small house. All of these royal residences at Kensington Palace are called apartments, which of course makes people immediately think they are flats like the American term for apartment, they’re not.
Kate Middleton and Prince William are very particular about their privacy
Though Apartment 1A is so massive, it’s still relatively visible to the public. In fact, in recent years, the Cambridges have taken massive steps to protect themselves and their family from prying eyes.
In 2019, Daily Mail reported that the Cambridges had a huge 950-foot hedge installed on the Palace grounds. The hedge is comprised of an astounding 600 individual trees and cost about £15,000. It shields passersby from viewing the apartment’s back garden where the royal couple often arrive and take off by helicopter.
This is not the first time the couple has made major changes to Kensington Palace’s landscaping for privacy reasons. In 2017, they had 200 trees planted in the gardens to create a natural fence that allows their children to play privately.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s apartment has a really strange room
Using landscape for privacy and massive rooms aren’t the oddest aspects of Kensington Palace, by far. In addition to the reported three main bedrooms, five reception rooms, multiple bathrooms, a nursery, twinned dressing rooms (his and hers), a home gym, and laundry area, the apartment also has a “luggage room.”
If you thought the Cambridges were forced to stuff their suitcases in closets or slide them under beds, you were wrong. They have an entire room dedicated to large roller bags, trunks carry-ons, and everything in between.