Prince's new pad

03.28.12

Harry Moves out of Home as Young Royals Establish New Kensington Court

Harry has a new London base, next door to William and Kate, as the Young Royals consolidate their power base
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Prince Harry has a new London crash pad, March 24, 2012 (Oli Scarff / Getty Images)

Royal authorities today confirmed that Prince Harry has moved out of home, leaving his dad’s house, and moving into an apartment near William and Kate in Kensington Palace, the lavish Royal palace which adjoins Kensington Gardens, where William and Harry grew up with their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Harry’s move to be with William and Kate at Kensington Palace represents the first stage in setting up a consolidated Young Royal’s court, with William, Kate, and Harry expected to move their personal and household staff and courtiers to Kensington over the next few years.

A spokesperson for the Royals said today, “We can confirm that Harry has moved into K.P. That’s now his official London residence.”

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Diana with William at Kensington Palace (Tim Graham / Getty Images)

It had been expected that Harry would move into Nottingham cottage, a ‘cozy’ self-contained one-bedroom house on the grounds of Kensington Palace, but that plan has been put on hold as William and Kate are currently living there. They are waiting for the completion of renovations to their future home, Kensington Palace’s legendary 20-room Apartment 1A. 1A was Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s former home, where the Queen’s sister once entertained everyone from the Rolling Stones to Rudolf Nuryev. 

Nottingham Cottage is apparently so bijou, that William is required to stoop to avoid banging his head on doorframes and ceilings.

William and Kate were offered the option of taking William and Harry’s childhood home in Kensington Palace, which was created for Charles and Diana by the knocking together of apartments 8 and 9, but Kate apparently found the idea unsettling, and who could blame her?

Kensington Palace is often a focus for public anger at royal hangers-on, because also living at Kensington Palace are a plethora of minor royals, including Richard George, 20th in line to the throne, and Duke of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent (he is 28th in line to the throne) and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. 

The Palace was famously described by King Edward VIII as "the aunt heap."