No royal residence for Prince William, Kate Middleton after wedding

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

LONDON - Prince William and Kate Middleton, who will be getting married next year, are planning to spend the first years of their marriage in rural North Wales, instead of in a royal residence.

Reason: it will give the couple the privacy they will never know again, reports the Daily Mail.

They have already been living as man and wife for several months in a cottage near RAF Valley on Anglesey, where the Prince is currently serving a three-year stint as a search and rescue pilot, with Middleton often shuttling between the cottage and her parents’ home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

They are currently staying in a rented whitewashed farmhouse for which William pays 750 pounds a month, and sources said there were no immediate plans to move.

The secluded property has stunning views of Snowdonia and access to a private beach.

The couple have been seen gunning along the quiet country lanes on William’s red and white 180mph Ducati superbike.

When in London, the couple will use an apartment at Clarence House.

After the Prince finishes his three-year stint with the RAF, he and Kate are expected to move into a six-bedroom house his father has had built at Harewood Park in Herefordshire.

Situated in prime countryside between Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye, the 900-acre estate was bought by the Duchy of Cornwall in 2000.

In line with his father’s green principles, William’s new home has been built with every eco-friendly mod con available, including a reed-bed sewage system, wood chip boiler, solar panels and walls lined with insulating sheep’s wool. (ANI)

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