Kate and William get a new neighbour at Kensington Palace

The plush Kensington Palace complex that is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has just enjoyed a spectacular £12 million makeover.

And now the newly-refurbished building is to welcome a new resident – none other than Prince Harry.

William's brother has reportedly moved out of his father's official residence at Clarence House in favour of a small apartment next door to the royal couple's London base.

Nottingham Cottage, a small residence in the grounds of the sprawling estate surrounding Kensington Palace, has been William and Kate's home since July last year. 


Harry's new digs have been dubbed "the royal bedsit" due to the one-bedroom apartment's modest facilities, which include a small living room, kitchen and bathroom.

A source told the Daily Mail that the move comes as Harry looks to "spread his wings" following his successful Jubilee tour in the Caribbean.

"Some people might find it strange that he is moving in next door to his brother and sister-in-law, but the three of them get on brilliantly and love spending time together".  

"Prince Harry adores his brother and says Catherine is the sister he never had".  

The trio's living situation will change again in 2013 when William and his wife upgrade to their dream home.

They will leave Nottingham Cottage to live in the splendour of Apartment 1A  the six-bedroom flat where Princess Margaret used to live.

Harry is then expected to take over their current house.



Kensington Palace

  • 1. Apartment 1: A 21-room home to the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen's first cousin, and his wife
  • 2. Apartment 1A: The former home of Princess Margaret and where Kate and William will move into in 2013
  • 3. State Apartments: These apartments are available for hire, with prices from £6,500 per room 
  • 4. Apartment 10: This five-bedroom, five-reception-room is home to Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
  • 5. Apartments 8 and 9: Princess Diana's official residence before her death 
  • 6. Wren House: The home of the Queen's cousin, the Duke of Kent
  • 7. Apartment 4A: A modest living quarter formerly used by the Queen's director of property services
  • 8. Apartment 4B: Once home to Prince Charles' former private secretary, Sir Michael Peat. He used to pay £47,000 of his £250,000-a-year salary to live there
  • 9. Nottingham Cottage: William and Kate's current home. Prince Harry will move in once the couple move into Apartment 1A
  • 10. The other apartments: Small apartments occupied by royal employees, who pay a small proportion of their salary in rent
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