08.07.13 9:38 AM ET
Kate To Join William In Wales
Kate Middleton will be joining Prince William "at some stage" on the Isle of Anglesey, a senior courtier at Kensington Palace has told the Royalist, raising the intriguing possibility that the newest Royal Family could be planning, in a major break with tradition, to raise an heir to the throne completely outside the royal sphere of influence.
William returned to his RAF base on Anglesey yesterday when his paternity leave came to an end.
The new information – the courtier was not willing to say when Kate might head to Wales - suggests that predictions that William may be about to shortly quit the RAF and move back to London could be wide of the mark, and that the couple may yet harbor a desire for their child to experience a more normal rural life in Wales.
There is every possibility that William could stay on at RAF Valley until the service is privatized, in 2016, taking time off for royal duties as and when necessary.
Kate has made very clear her view that her son should be brought up largely outside the royal goldfish bowl, and her decisions are already being brought into effect, with Prince Georgie currently spending the first few weeks of his life at Kate’s mom’s house in Bucklebury, Berkshire, outside London, rather than at Kensington Palace.
However a relocation of the royal family to Anglesey would be a huge break with protocol.
The couple rent a spacious, five-bedroomed white-washed farmhouse on the estate of a local land owner on the remote island of Anglesey, where they enjoy a very normal existence, walking on the beach, shopping in local supermarkets and taking the train (the regular one, not the royal one) to London as needed.
They don’t employ staff, do the washing up themselves, and Kate has insisted she will do without nannies or maternity nurses. The locals are fiercely protective of them, don’t use twitter much and it is rare that stories about them get sold.
The couple are not often snapped by the paparazzi in Wales. The photographers, for the most part, can’t be bothered to make the five-hour trip from London, especially when they know they would stick out like a sore thumb if they were seen hanging around outside Waitrose supermarket on the high street.
William rarely loses a chance to make clear his commitment to Wales. Tomorrow, for example, he will be attending the local agricultural show on Anglesey.
William has given several interviews to a BBC series about the RAF search and rescue operation, and it is clear that he is profoundly happy in his work, and feels that he is doing something worthwhile.
He even said there is ‘no higher calling’ than saving another human being’s life.
So why shouldn't he stay on, and hae his family by his side?
So far the new family have spent just one night at their London residence, Kensington Palace.
They are due to travel to Balmoral (the Queen’s Scottish estate) before the end of the month where Prince Georgie will be introduced to his great grandfather, Prince Philip.
How intriguing it will be if the next chapter of this very modern romance sees William, Kate and Georgie setting up home for a couple of years in a remote and rocky outcrop of Wales, several hundred miles from the prying eyes of London.