You Can Be Meghan And Harry's Neighbours At Kensington Palace!
You can for $4000 a week!
The royal wedding celebrations are officially over and now it's time for newlyweds Harry and Meghan -- aka the Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- to finally move out of their cramped little cottage at Kensington Palace and relocate across the courtyard to their new "royal apartment".
Now, this is isn't your average first home, folks -- no siree. In fact, the splendid 21-room townhouse is just one of 50 sprawling residences across the estate -- which coincidentally is home to a number of other royal family members, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry's soon-to-be wed cousin Princess Eugenie and her fiance, Jack Brooksbank.
But despite the very regal tenancy, the address isn't as exclusive as you might think. In addition to the Royal Family, the remaining apartments are occupied by military members, courtiers and royal staff. What's more, us mere commoners are also allowed to live there too -- woohoo! -- if you can afford the hefty price tag, which comes in at nearly $4000 a week. Yowza! But yes, you could actually rent an apartment in the same place as Haz and Megz. Imagine the bumping-into-them you could do ...
The residences, which were first acquired by the Royal Family through King William and Queen Mary II in 1689, have, over the years, been home to many members of the royal clan, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana immediately following their nuptials in 1981.
The significantly up-sized lodgings will make a welcomed change for Harry and Megs -- given that their previous abode, Nottingham Cottage, was the smallest property in the royal property. Dubbed "the royal bedsit" due to its meagre facilities, the tiny-weeny cottage comes with two bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom -- not bad, really, given the postcode.
Whiles there's no denying the move will be a welcomed treat for the newlyweds, the cottage has some very fond memories for Harry -- who has called the "bachelor pad" home since 2013 when he took it over from brother Wills and Kate -- because it was revealed in the BBC engagement interview that Nottingham Cottage was where he proposed to Meghan over a roast chicken. Awww!
But back to couple's new abode. Aptly named Apartment 1, the more spacious apartment comes with a casual 21 rooms, and is well situated right next door to the largest home in the estate -- known as Apartment 1A -- which is also home to brother Wills, Kate and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.
Up until recently, Apartment 1 was home to the Queen's cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, who apparently offered to vacate the residence and make room for Harry and Megs. But despite giving up their home of more than 20 years, the Gloucesters aren't going to far, instead moving nearby into the smaller but very comfortable former apartment of the Queen's private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt.
So yeah, $4000 a week might be a bit out of reach for most of us, but if you've got the coin to spare -- and don't mind having a LOT of security watching your every move -- it wouldn't be a bad address at all. Who wouldn't want to rub shoulders, and perhaps even share the occasional morning jog around the palace grounds , with the likes of Kate, Megs, or even Eugenie, quite frankly?
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