Will and Kate moving to Kensington Palace in 2013


The apartment, which hasn’t been lived in since Princess Margaret’s death, has a cursed reputation.


By Amaris Cole

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to move into the late Princess Margaret’s apartments, taking up residence in Kensington Palace in 2013.

The building has a cursed reputation, which the couple presumably hope to shift.

This will be Kate and William’s first official residence, as they have previously shared an apartment in Clarence House with his brother Harry when in London.

Royal staff believe the place to be ‘unlucky’, with Chief Curator for the palace, Lucy Worsley, claiming there have been at least seven princesses associated with the palace who have ended up ‘sad, bad, or even mad.’

Some even claim a ghost haunts the halls of the palace.

A now iconic building, after setting the scene for the sea of flowers that marked Princess Diana’s death, the palace has seen the still births, divorce and painful deaths of many young royal women.

A reported £1 million is being used to renovate the five bedroom flat, which Kate is said to love, particularly due to its nearness to Kensington High Street.

This has come under a considerable amount of criticism during a period of cut-backs and recession, with one Twitter user juxtaposing the renovation fee with the tragic news of a couple who committed suicide after becoming ‘destitute’ about their financial situation after falling through the social services gap.

One Twitter user described himself as a ‘disgruntled taxpayer’ when commenting on the costs.

However, visitors of the palace are expected to increase from 25,000 to 35,000 a year, bringing a huge amount of added tourism to the area once the renovations are complete.

The police are said to be concerned about the royal couple living in such a proximity of large numbers of people.

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