01/06/2013

Queen giving country home to Will and Kate, says report

The idea of the pitter-patter of little royal feet has apparently got the Queen to thinking about how she can be helpful to the youngest generation of royals.

And keep them close by in her advancing years.

Anmer hallOne idea being floated, according to the Telegraph, is to set up Prince William and his wife Kate with a country home close to her Sandringham home. It's called Amner Hall, right, and is part of her vast personal estate where she spends her winters.

It will fit in nicely with the royal real estate plans that also include William and Kate moving in next year to their London home in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, the former home of the Queen's late sister Margaret.

145759206Amner Hall, just over 2 kilometres from the Queen's residence about two hours outside London, is not unfamiliar territory for William. He would have been a visitor there many times since he and his father Prince Charles were close to the former tenants there, the van Cutsem family.

They left in 2000 and the property is now leased to James Everett, who owns a timber and furniture design company, Norfolk Oak. His lease runs until 2017, by which time Will and Kate's future toddler would be 3 years old.

A source told the Telegraph the home is being "earmarked" for Will and Kate, which is a long way from being a reality, but it's not an outlandish idea, if the Everetts decide it's a good time to move the family business.

Anmer Hall has been part of the Queen's holdings since her family bought the 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate in 1862. Before the van Cutsem family, the home had been the country estate for the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

Right now, the immediate housing headache for Will and Kate is to complete renovations on the Kensington Palace apartment, a four-storey, 20-room abode that defies the usual definition of 'apartment'. When in London now, the royal couple inhabit a one-bedroom cottage on the Kensington Palace grounds.

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Anmer Hall is currently home to the Everett family, which owns Norfolk Oak, a timber and furniture design company. (Bing map)

PRINCE HARRY'S EX-GIRLFRIEND ENGAGED

You can scratch one potential Prince Harry bride off the list.

Brudenell-BruceFlorence Brudenell-Bruce, who had a summer romance with the royal (right), is now engaged to the man she broke up with before dating Harry.

Brudenell-Bruce, 'Flee' to her friends, had been dating millionaire Henry St. George since 2008, but broke up with him in 2011. At the time, Prince Harry was also in 'rebound' mode, having split with Chelsy Davy.

Once the media caught on to the Harry-Flee connection, the English model reportedly got some cold feet with the amount of attention the match was getting. She and Harry eventually cut ties and she went back to St. George, son of the late multi-millionarie financier Edward St. George.

Flee, 26, had also dated Formula 1 driver Jenson Button. The Daily Mail reports that St. George popped the question to her over the New Year break in New York.

Harry, meanwhile, is due back in the UK very soon from his four-month military tour in Afghanistan. He apparently is still keen to pursue his relationship with another blonde (Harry's favourite hair colour it seems), Cressida Bonas, 24.

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