Kate Middleton’s parents ‘to welcome Ukrainian refugees into £5m home’

Kate Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, have revealed they are hoping to open their home up to house refugees fleeing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The couple are understood to be exploring plans to create an annexe in their £5 million home, which is located in the village of Bucklebury, West Berkshire.

Revealing the plans in The Mail on Sunday, a source close to the pair told the publication that “Bucklebury has housed a good number of refugees and Carole has been getting advice from villagers and seeking information about how the process has worked for others in the area".

According to the source, Carole has been keen to want to provide a safe space in her home for any refugee to call their own, and has been talking to people who have undergone the process in order to explore the logistics of such a decision.

One of the options currently being explored is the transformation of a living room in their seven bedroomed home into a separate accommodation that could potentially house a Ukrainian family.

Despite the charitable inclination however, there are still some security issues that would need to be considered, as the property is frequently visited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.

The property itself doesn’t have many outbuildings, meaning that the security for the royals stays in the main house during visits, which would require the couple to ensure that any alteration still allowed for the use of safety measures to protect the royals.

Potentially opening her home to refugees isn’t the only relief effort Carole has made to help those fleeing the war, as she has also gotten involved in Bucklebury Farm Park, a petting zoo owned by her son in law James Matthews, which has offered free entry to Ukrainian refugees in the hope of providing a respite from the experience of being so far from home and their loved ones.

Several high profile neighbours of the couple have also extended their support to help refugees in crisis, including former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host Chris Tarrant who opened his home to three generations of refugees earlier this year.

William and Kate have also expressed their support to refugees fleeing the conflict in their home country, telling a Ukrainian cultural centre in West London back in March that “Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing… for our generation, it’s very alien to see this in Europe.

“We’re all right behind you. We’re thinking about you.”

In order to help assist the thousands of people fleeing the ongoing violence, The Government launched the Homes For Ukraine scheme in March, which has so far provided sanctuary to around 62,000 refugees since it was launched.


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