They may be a couple of royal tykes, but Prince George and Princess Charlotte may never really call Buckingham Palace home, according to Marie Claire. The younger generations of England’s monarchy seem to have a different view royal life, that doesn’t include actually residing in the 775-room estate.
Calling “the big house” “too large and costly for modern life,” Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are perfectly happy in their current digs at Clarence House. Instead, when Charles rises up to the role of King, he hopes to keep Buckingham Palace as more of a royal headquarters for the monarchy, where it can be utilized for business and events, as well as for tourism. Because who wouldn’t want to snag a peek of that spread?
“What’s to say Buckingham Palace can’t be opened to the public for at least six months, while keeping the state rooms pristine for use during big occasions?” a source told The Sunday Times (as quoted in Marie Claire).
As for everyone’s favorite royal tots, Prince George and Princess Charlotte may never call Buckingham Palace home because their father, Prince William, is perfectly happy at his sprawling property, Kensington Palace. As for Prince Harry and his soon-to-be bride Meghan Markle, that dynamic duo is currently shacking up in Harry’s longtime cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, as well (which is nice for sure, but it’s not her apartment on Suits).
Queen Victoria first lived in Buckingham Palace, starting in 1837. While the gilded estate is instantly identifiable with British monarchy, the younger generation of royals seems to be more interested in a casual vibe. Queen Elizabeth’s bevy of Corgis probably take up their fair share of space, anyway.