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Old 10-23-2017, 07:37 PM
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I can see him with a second/third home in Africa. If they can figure out somewhere stable/safe enough. Maybe held in someone else's name but at his family's disposal. Maybe Anne is looking for a nice place for Harry while in Madagascar.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:38 PM
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Harry, from what I know of him, doesn't seem to be the type of person that is all that gung-ho on keeping up appearances and one where the bigger the home, the better he looks kind of guy. Andrew, yes because status and prestige is important to him. Harry, no because I think he relishes the "just one of the guys" mode.

If anything, I think his main priority in homes will be focused on the level of privacy and security rather than the size of the place. He's going to be as adamant as William is when it comes to the privacy of his family.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:09 PM
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Why do you feel so strongly that Harry should have a large London home and a huge country estate? He has money but most of it is tied up to provide him with an income, so I don't see him spending his own money on a large country estate to keep up. If it is about equality with William, in certain respects he will never be equal- William will be King one day.
I can see them with a country place similar to the Middletons' current home.
Did you ever consider Charles can assist Harry if Harry wanted a larger country home?
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:39 PM
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4B is more opulent if it has 6 bedrooms, and 4a no one lives in it so I can see it being combined for him. Who knows Harry could have a country home if he wanted to.
He could. I think Harry's wife will have a lot of input. If they want children, I think the wife will put a great deal of thought into where the children will be raised and schooled. Of course, Harry will, too, but it won't be solely Harry's biases at work (I would think). So until we see who Harry's wife will be much of this is a coin toss imo.

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But again, why does it have to a grand home? It could perfectly well be a small home with just the right amount of bedrooms for them and their future children. I never saw the use of having two reception rooms and the likes.
It doesn't 'have to be' a grand home but Harry is royal, and it is what he has lived around all his life. Generally people go to type when creating a nest for family. These grand homes can (and do) have cozy, 'people sized' normality to them, so one does not exclude the other in my view.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:54 PM
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He could. I think Harry's wife will have a lot of input. If they want children, I think the wife will put a great deal of thought into where the children will be raised and schooled. Of course, Harry will, too, but it won't be solely Harry's biases at work (I would think). So until we see who Harry's wife will be much of this is a coin toss imo.



It doesn't 'have to be' a grand home but Harry is royal, and it is what he has lived around all his life. Generally people go to type when creating a nest for family. These grand homes can (and do) have cozy, 'people sized' normality to them, so one does not exclude the other in my view.
I agree 100%!!!
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:04 PM
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Did you ever consider Charles can assist Harry if Harry wanted a larger country home?
Well perhaps the Duchy of Cornwall would invest in a property and lease it to Harry, but I don't know how much disposable income Charles has to be buying estates for other people. He didn't even spend his own money on Highgrove.
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Its a well known fact that Charles chipped in and helped the Cambridges to pay for the redecorating of Apartment 1A to get it to be how they wanted it to be. There is no reason why he couldn't do the same for Harry.

I seriously doubt that Harry will be given a property of his own or have one built for him like was done with Sarah and Andrew. Most likely Harry and family will live in either a Crown Estate property or something on one of the monarch's private estates of Balmoral and Sandringham as a country retreat with a KP apartment as their London base. Its just logical.
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He could. I think Harry's wife will have a lot of input. If they want children, I think the wife will put a great deal of thought into where the children will be raised and schooled. Of course, Harry will, too, but it won't be solely Harry's biases at work (I would think). So until we see who Harry's wife will be much of this is a coin toss imo.



It doesn't 'have to be' a grand home but Harry is royal, and it is what he has lived around all his life. Generally people go to type when creating a nest for family. These grand homes can (and do) have cozy, 'people sized' normality to them, so one does not exclude the other in my view.
Schooling is only really an issue if they plan on making the country home their main home.

William never considered schools with Amner, or Charles with Highgrove. Why? Because London would be their main base and where the kids would be schooled, until if and when they go to boarding school later. That is how it was with William and Harry. I do think the Cambridge kids will eventually go to boarding school, but much older, like Eton age.

If they make London their main home, that is where the kids will be schooled. So if they find they like Birkhall, or a place in Norfolk or Cotswolds or so on, school isn't really a huge sticking point. It will be their home for weekends and holidays.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:28 PM
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I think Birkhall is too far from London to be considered as a "weekend" place-it's at least a 6 hour flight to London from Aberdeen (and an 1 1/4 hour drive to Aberdeen from Birkhall/Balmoral) or a 10+ hour train trip.
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Schooling is only really an issue if they plan on making the country home their main home.

William never considered schools with Amner, or Charles with Highgrove. Why? Because London would be their main base and where the kids would be schooled, until if and when they go to boarding school later. That is how it was with William and Harry. I do think the Cambridge kids will eventually go to boarding school, but much older, like Eton age.

If they make London their main home, that is where the kids will be schooled. So if they find they like Birkhall, or a place in Norfolk or Cotswolds or so on, school isn't really a huge sticking point. It will be their home for weekends and holidays.
Not sure what you're objecting to. My point was that where the children get schooled will have a bearing on where they decide to love full-time. I think you are saying the same thing.

EDIT: How cute: I mis-typed. I meant to type 'where they live full time' not 'where they love full time' but I'm not changing it because it's so cute (I think).
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:40 PM
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Not sure what you're objecting to. My point was that where the children get schooled will have a bearing on where they decide to love full-time. I think you are saying the same thing.
I don't recall saying I was objecting, just adding to the conversation. Adding my thoughts to your comments. Usually how a discussion goes.
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My thoughts. I do feel that both Meghan and Harry are more urbanites than country people, therefore a large place at KP is likely. That doesn't negate at all that they will probably receive a country place on Crown land of a decent size and able to accommodate RPOs if necessary, nor that they won't appreciate it.

Meghan might well have visited Gloucestershire, Norfolk, Highgrove, Sandringham in the past year. However, that's not akin to actually living in a spot and feeling comfortable in it.

That's why the pair might not buy a country property for a while after marriage. After all, Wood Farm, Highgrove and even Birkhall (though I don't think Harry is that fond of Scotland) have plenty of guest accommodation while Meghan makes up her mind. Living in London is one thing but getting away regularly for a few days to a place where you feel relaxed and completely at home is another.
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Hello all. I am from Kansas — Middle of the USA —I too am a long time “reader” of the forum. I enjoy reading everything you all post & learning about the Monarchy. My Question:

Has anyone pondered the idea of 4b being renovated for the Gloucester’s?? Then Harry gets their accommodations??
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:43 PM
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Hello princesstully, and welcome to the forum. There's nothing that could prevent what you suggest happening at all. The only thing against it though, besides the Gloucesters preferring their present location, IMO, is that they have three children who are married and six growing grandchildren, which makes their larger home ideal for big family get-togethers.
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My thoughts. I do feel that both Meghan and Harry are more urbanites than country people, therefore a large place at KP is likely. That doesn't negate at all that they will probably receive a country place on Crown land of a decent size and able to accommodate RPOs if necessary, nor that they won't appreciate it.

Meghan might well have visited Gloucestershire, Norfolk, Highgrove, Sandringham in the past year. However, that's not akin to actually living in a spot and feeling comfortable in it.

That's why the pair might not buy a country property for a while after marriage. After all, Wood Farm, Highgrove and even Birkhall (though I don't think Harry is that fond of Scotland) have plenty of guest accommodation while Meghan makes up her mind. Living in London is one thing but getting away regularly for a few days to a place where you feel relaxed and completely at home is another.
Good points

As long as they have a main home, in London, its no rush for a country home. Give some time for Meghan and Harry to get the feel for different locations. Who knows, she and Harry may find a real love for Scotland together, or High grove. Unlike Kate, Meghan has spent limited time in the UK and even less as a couple with Harry. They should find an area that they like together if they are going to buy (have bought for them) or lease a place.


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Has anyone pondered the idea of 4b being renovated for the Gloucester’s?? Then Harry gets their accommodations??
Not sure why they would?? Whats the point of musical apartments? 4b is said to be quite opulent. If it is not large enough, 4a can likely be merged into it for them. No need to swap houses around. Swapping houses would likely be more expensive anyways. Because Harry wouldn't likely want to move into the Gloucester suite as it is, would want it renovated for them.
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Harry would probably get a crown estate country home and his large london base home in Kensington Palace.
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Old 10-24-2017, 05:11 AM
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Harry would probably get a crown estate country home and his large london base home in Kensington Palace.
Unlikely to her a Crown Estate property. They have to be paid for privately by HM / the PoW. Probably much more economical to give him a home on land already owned by the Queen or the Duchy of Cornwall.
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Unlikely to her a Crown Estate property. They have to be paid for privately by HM / the PoW. Probably much more economical to give him a home on land already owned by the Queen or the Duchy of Cornwall.
That's logical.
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Unlikely to her a Crown Estate property. They have to be paid for privately by HM / the PoW. Probably much more economical to give him a home on land already owned by the Queen or the Duchy of Cornwall.
And those properties would already have security systems and lodging for RPOs in place.
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And those properties would already have security systems and lodging for RPOs in place.


Pretty sure most of the Duchy of Cornwall property outside of Highgrove doesn’t have RPO lodging and royal protection level security systems. The same thing with non main houses at Sandringham. Anmer had to be upgraded before the Cambridges moved in. Andrew and Edward live in homes leased from the Crown Estate near Windsor. Why would that be allowed for them but not Harry?
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