After months of speculation that Prince William and Kate Middleton were planning a big move to Windsor for the sake of their children, palace officials confirmed the relocation on Monday. In a statement, they announced that the family would relocate to Adelaide Cottage and that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis would enroll in the nearby Lambrook School at the beginning of the fall term. One insider told the Daily Mirror that the couple wants to give their children a bit more privacy than they would at Kensington Palace, which is in the middle of London.
But according to the Daily Mail’s Dan Wootton, the move is also motivated by William’s desire to prioritize parenting, and William has made that explicit in recent royal meetings, where he has discussed “his own experiences as a grieving schoolboy.” Wootton added that William is sending a clear message to the royal family about the importance of his children’s formative years.
A senior royal insider told the tabloid that William’s feelings about Prince Charles, in particular, have helped him decide how to chart the path forward with his own children. “Prince William has forgiven his father and relations between them are stronger than they have been in some time, but he has been abundantly clear to all that he won’t repeat the way he was prioritized as a child,” the source said. “He feels Prince Charles’ unquestionable work ethic had a direct impact on his upbringing, especially after the death of his mother. Far too often, his father chose his duties over being a dad.”
For years, Charles and William, who was a close confidante of his mother, were rumored to have a particularly contentious relationship in the years after Princess Diana’s death. But in early 2020, as the royals closed the chapters on a few scandal-filled months, the pair had found a newfound sense of respect for one another. In February 2020, the father and son showed off the strength of their bond at a joint engagement with Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and at the time, a source told Vanity Fair, that “there has definitely been a shift in William’s relationship with his father.”
The senior royal insider told the Mail that most of the changes will happen behind the scenes. “The public won’t notice much of a difference and, of course, he acknowledges his significant duties as a working royal and second in line to the throne, but he believes those duties can be worked around his role as a hands-on father,” the source said. “So, for example, when timing engagements, wherever possible, school pick up times will be factored in, so either him or the Duchess can be there to pick up the children.” Lambrook, the Cambridge children’s new school, is just a short drive from their new home on the Windsor Great Park grounds.
His choice echoes Kate’s recent activism regarding early childhood education, where she has promoted the idea that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamental to setting them on the right path for the rest of their lives. “It is his overarching, unquestionable mission and motive in life to be the best father possible, especially when his children are this age,” the senior insider told the Mail. “He is unapologetic about that.”
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