EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Harry and Meghan ‘may leave their two-bedroom cottage at Kensington Palace for more space to raise their family’
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting a baby, are keen to move
- They currently live in a two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace
- A royal source says Harry and Meghan may leave Kensington Palace altogether
With a baby on the way, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are keen to move up the property ladder from the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.
Royal insiders had widely expected the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, 74, and his Danish-born wife, Birgitte, 72, to move out of their lavish 21-room Apartment 1 to make way for Prince Harry and Meghan.
But I hear there is a spanner in the works: Birgitte wants to stay put in the apartment, which is right next door to Prince William and Kate’s huge home.
With a baby on the way, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are keen to move up the property ladder
‘Birgitte doesn’t want to leave,’ one of her friends tells me. ‘And why should she? She and her husband are still full-time working members of The Firm and they were given their apartment by Her Majesty.’
A Kensington Palace spokesman insists it’s ‘not true’ that Harry and, in particular, Meghan covet the Gloucesters’ spacious home.
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Intriguingly, a royal source tells me that Harry and the American former actress may leave the confines of Kensington Palace altogether.
‘Harry and Meghan want to move, and need more space, but they don’t want to live next door to William and Catherine,’ says the source.
Kensington Palace with Nottingham Cottage, Harry and Meghan’s current residence, circled
‘They will soon have separate offices and separate lives, so it would make sense for them to live further afield. There is no reason why their London home has to be at Kensington Palace. There are plenty of other options, including using their own money to buy their own place.’
The two couples currently share a joint household at Kensington Palace but it was reported last month that they are considering a ‘formal division’. The split would create separate courts to reflect their increasingly different responsibilities.
The princes’ country homes are 130 miles apart, with William’s family at Anmer Hall, on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, and Harry renting a converted cow shed in Great Tew, Oxfordshire.
‘Catherine and Meghan live very different lives,’ adds the source. ‘And that is likely to become more marked over time.’
Johnny V Good! Depp jams live at Chuck Berry tribute
Johnny Depp put his troubles behind him as he reeled and rocked into the wee wee hours with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood (below).
The Hollywood actor — the subject of abuse allegations by ex-wife Amber Heard — made a surprise appearance at Soho club Ronnie Scott’s for a tribute to rock ’n’ roll legend Chuck Berry with the Ben Waters Band.
Depp’s in town for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, and I have to say, he was pretty Johnny V Goode!
Johnny Depp put his troubles behind him as he reeled and rocked into the wee wee hours with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood
Will Birley buy back heirloom?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this painting due to go under the hammer at Christie’s next Tuesday has a tale to tell.
It’s a portrait by Sir Oswald Birley of his son Mark, creator of Annabel’s nightspot in London’s Mayfair.
Mark included it among the fixtures and fittings when he sold the club to Richard Caring as part of a £100 million deal in 2007. The sale devastated Mark’s son Robin, who had run Annabel’s until they fell out.
This painting by Sir Oswald Birley of his son Mark is due to go under the hammer at Christie’s next Tuesday
Now, Caring is selling the picture, with a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000, after moving Annabel’s to a bigger venue. Friends of club rival Robin say he was disappointed that Caring did not offer him the painting first.
He owns a collection of his grandfather’s works and named one of his own clubs Oswald’s after him.
The pal adds: ‘It wouldn’t surprise me if Robin buys the picture on Tuesday.’
Strictly has a siren-like draw for the likes of Ed Balls, Sir Vince Cable and Ann Widdecombe, but not every political figure is prepared to take cash to make a spectacle of themselves on prime-time TV.
I hear the BBC has made repeated bids to persuade Gina Miller, who fought for a Commons vote on Brexit, to appear on the show. ‘It’s a pity, but she always politely declines,’ cha cha chas my informant at the Beeb. Her spokesman tells me: ‘She’s flattered, but, honestly, it is not really her thing.’
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