Duchess Kate and Prince William house-hunting for luxury new pad

House-hunting: Kate Middleton and Prince William are said to be looking for a new pad
House-hunting: Kate Middleton and Prince William are said to be looking for a new pad©David/Rupert Hartley/Rex Features

Kate Middleton and Prince William are reportedly planning to leave their rented cottage in Anglesey and invest in a luxurious new country pad, near to their Royal apartment in London.

The couple – officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - are said to be on the hunt for a new home which will be closer to their official base in London, Highgrove House in Gloucestershire and Kate’s parents in Berkshire.

Kate and Wills currently split their time between their relatively private cottage in North Wales, which also acts as a base for William’s RAF work, and a “modest” apartment in Kensington Palace.

Next year they are due to move into a bigger apartment in the palace, which the late Princess Margaret once resided in, which is undergoing extensive renovation just now.

But it seems the couple are keen to also lay down roots in their very own private home in the Home Counties too, according to the Daily Mirror.

A source told the paper: “They have started looking for a family home, ideally within striking distance of London, Highgrove and Kate’s parents in Berkshire.”

The news will cause more rumours that the couple are getting ready to start a family of their own. Kate and Wills got married in April 2011, and ever since stories have circulated about the possibility of a new Royal addition.  

Kate and William are notoriously protective of their private life and are fond of the time they spend in Anglesey, because of the privacy the locals afford them.

The couple are thought to live without servants at their home in Wale - with Kate even spotted popping out to do the weekly shop in her local supermarket - so it is likely they would be keen to maintain this degree of normality in their new home, which would provide them with a more ‘down-to-earth’ way of living outwith the palace walls.

The Prince recently inherited £10 million from his late mother Princess Diana, on his 30th birthday on June 21, which gives him a nice nest-egg should he wish to splash out on some property.

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