The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly been planning a move to Windsor to be closer to the Queen. According to reports, the decision was made as William wanted to be with his grandmother following the death of Prince Philip last year. One source recently told the Daily Mail: “It’s one of the things that has hastened their move to Berkshire this summer. Losing the Duke of Edinburgh has a left a big hole in all their lives. “He was a great counsel to William and he feels very protective of his grandmother.”
The insider added that, as an increasingly central figure in the royal family, William “is always checking in with her to make sure she understands why things are happening in a certain way”, not least because he and Kate “want to do something different to the traditional model.”
However, it has also been reported that the move to Windsor could cause tension between the Cambridges and Prince Andrew.
The Mirror reported in May that Andrew wanted Adelaide Cottage, just east of Windsor Castle, as a grace and favour home for Princess Eugenie.
It is located just a few minutes’ walk away from the Queen’s residence.
But the Cambridges also appear to have their eyes on Adelaide Cottage – it was reported that Fort Belvedere, also on the Windsor estate, is the only other option for the couple.
A royal source told The Mirror: “The situation could very well become an issue in the near future.
“The Duke of York has made no secret in the past of his firm held belief that his children should be treated no differently to Princes William and Harry, despite his daughters not being working royals.
“The word is Eugenie is also trying to find somewhere to live and would like to settle in Windsor.”
Eugenie, 32, has been living with her husband, Jack Brooksbank, and their baby son August in Frogmore Cottage
It has also been reported that some within the royal framework are concerned about the proximity Andrew has had to the Queen in recent months.
Many expected the Duke of York would take a step back from the public eye after being told in January that he would face trial on a series of sexual assault allegations in a US civil court made by Virginia Giuffre.
Andrew always denied any wrongdoing, and paid her a settlement sum of £12million to settle the case without any admission of guilt and stop the civil trial from taking place.
Royal sources also accused Andrew of “manipulating” his position to get himself back into the picture.
One told The Mirror: “This is yet another example of the Duke of York and indeed the York family’s levels of entitlement, it’s extraordinary.”
In other royal news, Prince Harry’s memoir has reportedly been delayed.
Sources suggested that the omission of the Duke of Sussex’s book from the latest Penguin Random House listings meant that it might not be published this autumn, as previously expected.
Speaking to The Sun, a royal source said: “If this book’s coming out this year as originally planned it should be in the publisher’s marketing and promotional list — unless they’re planning a surprise or there’s been a delay.
“Its omission has raised lots of eyebrows in royal circles.”
However, a spokesperson for Penguin Random House’s subsidiary publisher Transworld said last week: “We don’t put every book on the list so there is nothing to be extrapolated from that.”