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Kate and William preparing to ‘move permanently’ ahead of step forward in royal line

Prince William 'will navigate people once King' says expert

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are expected to move into Kensington Palace on a permanent basis once Prince Charles ascends to the throne. The royal couple is already making plans for the full-time residence as they draw up renovation plans for the royal palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also expected to take on the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales when Charles becomes king.

Natalie Rankin, from The Talko, explained: “The royal couple will be expected to move.

“The future Prince and Princess of Wales will have to move their family into Kensington Palace full-time.

“The Palace will become their new home base and centre of operations. This is where all their royal duties will be handled from.

“The royals have already started to prepare for the move by renovating a two-story, 16,000 square foot basement.”

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Ms Rankin added: “The basement even has skylights.

“The renovations are so that palace apartments can be freed up for the Royal Family and staff can relocate to the basement.”

The renovations were confirmed back in 2017 when a planning application was submitted for a huge two-storey basement at Kensington Palace.

Kensington and Chelsea Council approved the underground extension to the 18th Century building, which would incorporate two floors below ground and one above.

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These would house offices for 100 members of staff working at the Palace.

Two-storey extensions are technically restricted by the council but it is a believed an exception was made for the Royal Family.

Ms Rankin also discussed whether Kate Middleton would accept the title of Princess of Wales.

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She said: “The whole world is wondering whether Kate will opt to be called the Princess of Wales.

“Royal experts think she will, as a means to honour her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

“She is entitled to turn down the title if she wants, but it’s likely she will wear the title.”

Camilla was offered the Princess of Wales title but instead opted to be the Duchess of Cornwall.

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