Prince William and Kate have finally said goodbye to rumors of moving to the West Midlands.
Prince Charles had reportedly been out to build a mansion in the country for the younger royals and children George, Louis and Charlotte.
But the Prince of Wales has now officially changed his mind.
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The official residence of Kate and William is Kensington Palace, but they also spend some time in their private residence on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
They received the Ammer Hall in Sandringham as a wedding present from the Queen and spent the lockdown there with their three children.
But royal reporters had claimed Prince Charles was working on a future home for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Herefordshire.
Those plans have now been abandoned, and any lingering hopes of the young royals to settle there have now been dashed by repeated reports that Prince Charles has designated Windsor Castle as their future home.
Georgian style mansion
Plans for a pillared Georgian mansion began almost two decades ago when Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall bought the Harewood End estate in 2000.
Architect Craig Hamilton’s building was approved by Herefordshire Council planners in 2004.
The rebuilding of the large mansion, demolished by the SAS in the 1950s, was to be a focus of the redesign of the derelict property between Ross-on-Wye and Hereford and would have replaced a bungalow on the site.
But Prince Charles’ team has confirmed that he has abandoned his plans and that work on the 900 acre property is now complete with no mansion in sight.
“Although the building permit for a statement house was granted some time ago, the duchy never pushed it forward,” said the duchy spokesman.
“The redevelopment project in Harewood Park is now complete and the property comprises several rented residential and office units in converted barns as well as farmland.”
Royal reporters had claimed they had been told that Prince Charles wanted to create a future home for Prince William. Plans for the mansion were scaled back in 2007 – the year Prince William and Kate briefly split.
Instead, approval was sought for a six bedroom home with 21st century features that made it environmentally friendly. It was then referred to as the “symbolic heart of the settlement” in an application to the community planners.
But while the house was not being realized, an abandoned cluster of homesteads, a ruined chapel, stables, lake and other buildings were restored on the property.
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