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Prince William and Kate Middleton plan to move to Windsor this summer to be closer to the Queen

PRINCE William and Kate plan to move to Windsor this summer to be closer to the Queen.

The Cambridges are said to have toured various royal mansions in Windsor, including Prince Andrew’s Royal Lodge – but he won’t budge.

William and Kate plan to move to Windsor this summer to be closer to the Queen

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William and Kate plan to move to Windsor this summer to be closer to the QueenPhoto credit: Getty
Fort Belvedere is a mansion on the edge of Windsor Great Park

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Fort Belvedere is a mansion on the edge of Windsor Great Park
Built in 1831, Adelaide Cottage is close to Windsor Castle

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Built in 1831, Adelaide Cottage is close to Windsor CastlePhoto credit: Matrix Pictures

The couple, who split their time between Norfolk and Kensington Palace, are now looking at private homes.

Kate, 40, and Wills, 39, have ruled out Fort Belvedere, once home to King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, on the edge of Windsor Great Park.

Insiders claim they’ve also been keeping an eye on Frogmore House, where they often take George, 8, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3, to play at weekends.

There were also rumors the couple could take Adelaide Cottage in the shadow of Windsor Castle – but it is currently occupied.

And royal sources have dismissed claims that the couple have apartments at Windsor Castle.

It comes amid fears that the disgraced Prince Andrew is getting too close to the Queen.

Prince William and father Charles campaigned in January amid his Queen’s sex abuse scandal to have the 62-year-old Duke of York stripped of his patronage and military affiliation.

The Queen’s decision to allow him to accompany her to the Prince Philip Memorial at Westminster Abbey last week also caused further “dismay”.

A source said: “There is a growing need to move to Windsor. Andrew spends a lot of time with the Queen.

“He lives next door and is always there for her. During the Covid lockdown the family were happy that Andrew was always on hand.

“There isn’t a man, woman or child who wouldn’t say he had every right to be at Philip’s Thanksgiving. But the family was adamant, there is no turning back.

“There are real fears that despite being banned from The Firm in January, he is using his closeness to the Queen as a stepping stone back into public life.”

Kate and Wills, who are house hunting, are also considering schools in Windsor, Bucks and Surrey.

William and Kate's children often play at Frogmore House

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William and Kate’s children often play at Frogmore HousePhoto credit: Getty – Contributor
Royal Lodge, the house Prince Andrew refuses to budge from

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Royal Lodge, the house Prince Andrew refuses to budge fromPhoto credit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun
A source claims the family fears Prince Andrew is using his closeness to the Queen as a springboard back into public life

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A source claims the family fears Prince Andrew is using his closeness to the Queen as a springboard back into public lifeCredit: PA

They’ve also looked into Lambrook School in Ascot, where parents have said Prince George will be starting soon.

There are also claims the couple want George and Charlotte to go to the same school, opening up the possibility of Marlborough College in Wilts, where Kate was Head Girl.

Last week, she told Jamaican politician and Old Marlburian Mark Golding, “I loved my time there.”

The Sun also understands that Charles is spending more time at the Windsor estate, filling some of Philip’s old roles as a ranger.

Andrew sealed a 75-year lease of the 31-bedroom Royal Lodge in 2003 with a payment of £1million.

Sources say there are no plans for him to leave the house where his ex Sarah Ferguson lives.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace declined to comment.

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