Prince William and his bride to live in north Wales
Prince William and his new bride will spend the first years of their marriage living in the less than regal surroundings of rural north Wales
The Prince has lived in a secluded cottage near RAF Valley on Anglesey since he embarked on a three-year posting as a Search and Rescue helicopter pilot in April.
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His decision to live at a private location, as opposed to on the RAF base, has allowed him to spend more time with Kate Middleton, who has spent the last few months shuttling between the cottage and her parents’ home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, in her Audi.
Although Miss Middleton has officially continued to live with her parents, she has spent a few days in Wales with the Prince most weeks, often taking her laptop and working for the family business, the website Party Pieces, remotely.
The couple have often been spotted shopping for groceries in Blaenau Ffestiniog and are said to have settled in well, enjoying the relative peace and anonymity the location affords.
Prince William is understood to rent the cottage in Wales for £750 a month.
The secluded property has stunning views of Snowdonia and access to a private beach.
The location of the cottage cannot be disclosed for security reasons but the decision to retain the rural retreat as their first marital home will ensure the newly-weds have a relatively quiet few months away from the media spotlight.
Protective of his girlfriend, Prince William has been angered by the attention she was receiving from photographers, with aides saying he wanted more than anything for her to be left alone.
Now, as she is propelled into the spotlight as his wife-to-be, he is unlikely to be able to shake off the press interest which has already shaped his life.
The Prince is known to love North Wales and both he and his fiancée enjoy many of the outdoor pursuits that Snowdonia and the surrounding countryside have to offer.
It has been reported that North Wales police already supply a special 15-strong unit of armed officers to protect the Prince. But the cost of the couple’s police protection will rise significantly when Miss Middleton officially moves in as his wife.
While the Prince will continue to undertake official royal duties when he can, Miss Middleton will also be expected to take on her fair share of royal engagements, meaning that she will often have to commute to London and further afield.
She will undoubtedly miss her tight-knit family and the home she grew up in, where she has continued to live off and on since she graduated from St Andrews in 2005, but the quiet and very private location of their first home together may mean that their time in North Wales is among their most cherished when looking back in years to come.
It has been reported that in the longer term, a house will be built for the couple at Harewood Park, a Duchy of Cornwall estate in Herefordshire, just an hour’s drive from the Prince of Wales’s Highgrove home.