Originally Posted by leidi
Do Philippe and Mathilde live just with the kids in Laeken? no other member of the RF lives there?
And was Philippe that desperate to get out of his parents' house that he went to the huge and cold Royal Palace?
Yes, Philippe and Mathilde and their family occupy Laeken Palace. Other members of the royal family have their own residences. His parents have always lived at the Belvedere Palace even though it is usual for Belgian monarchs to live at Laeken.
Why do you find it so odd that a young, well educated bachelor prince would have wanted his own apartment in the capital? It would seem an extremely normal and usual thing for a young man to want to do. Not an act of desperation at all.