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Old 12-23-2018, 06:36 AM
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Good question, one I had myself asked just yesterday on these forums, and one to which I have no immediate answer. Might it be a Dower house for Camilla? Might it become the offices of the Princes Trust? Perhaps more office space for the BRF? I don't know.
Or, as BP is going to be under renovation for a good period of time, Charles may decide he'd rather remain at Clarence House rather than move "over the shop" as Philip has termed BP as being. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if this happened.
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:46 AM
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Good point Muriel about the cost of running somewhere like Clarence House for a junior royal. If (and yes it's an if) Harry had it as his London base, I've no doubt it would also be offices & couldn't it be funded by King Charles or King William?

I'm not wedded to the notion that CH will be Harry's London home but I also don't see any reasons why it shouldn't be.
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:53 AM
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Or, as BP is going to be under renovation for a good period of time, Charles may decide he'd rather remain at Clarence House rather than move "over the shop" as Philip has termed BP as being. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if this happened.
I think Charles would much prefer to stay in Clarence House - none of the RF say BP is their favourite residence! He can certainly do that until the end of renovations (2027?) but afterwards, I think he'd be under pressure to move in for various reasons eg public expectation that it's the monarch's residence & also justifying the cost of its upkeep.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:04 AM
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I think using it for a tourist attraction, as well as for official events (investitures, State banquets and lesser occasions) and as office space would justify the cost of upkeep.
Even if Charles doesn’t ever move into BP, I think William and Catherine will.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:22 AM
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I think Charles would much prefer to stay in Clarence House - none of the RF say BP is their favourite residence! He can certainly do that until the end of renovations (2027?) but afterwards, I think he'd be under pressure to move in for various reasons eg public expectation that it's the monarch's residence & also justifying the cost of its upkeep.

When has public pressure and expectations hindered Charles to live exactly as he wants? If he wants to stay as a king at Clarence House he will.
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I always thought Charles would keep BP as offfices and for official events while staying at CH, however a part of me now thinks ge will move into BP due to the large cost of renovations (notice how Queens apartments are planned to be done last...) and because I think he feels as King he should reside there and would want to avoid any apperance of not being the King in every way his mother has been sovereign.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:49 AM
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When has public pressure and expectations hindered Charles to live exactly as he wants? If he wants to stay as a king at Clarence House he will.
He's mindful of public perceptions of him & doesn't do exactly as he wants all the time. For example, he introduced Camilla as his partner gradually, building up to the marriage he wanted. He did it in tune with increasing public acceptance of her rather than as soon as he wanted it. He's not a hot-head & I think if surveys showed a high public expectation of him living in BP, he'd do it.
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And what specifically 'American tastes' do you know that Meghan possesses in interior design?
This sort of style...
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And very nice too! Nothing wrong with American interior design.

That doesn't mean however that Meghan won't incorporate some British features in her homes in the UK. And tastes also change with the years with most people.
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:45 AM
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This sort of style...
A vintage mirror, a vase of roses, dogs on rugs on a sofa - that looks pretty English to me (& rather like the sitting room I'm typing this from!).

I'm sure Meghan could cope with having the public rooms of any house she lived in being more formal & full of items from the Royal Collection. The private rooms will be styled for comfort, as I'm sure other RF members have their houses. Also, the British upper classes are notorious for their love of dogs & I know many an aristocratic pup snoozes on the furniture.
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:00 AM
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I'm not sure it makes sense for the Sussexes to end up at CH...I would think they will move into one of the apartment sets down the road..either ones vacated by The Cambridges or Gloucesters ...years down the road.

Due to age it's not likely they will have a lot of children ...that's even assuming they want a place at KP. They may be quite happy to drive the 40 min to Windsor ...lots of people drive that distance daily to jobs.


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There's no rush really to put Harry and Meghan into a London base. Once their child/ren reach school age, it may become a necessity unless they decide on primary schools in Windsor but until then, they have time to sort things out where a London base would be the best for them all the way around.

For now, Nottingham Cottage fits the bill.
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And very nice too! Nothing wrong with American interior design.

That doesn't mean however that Meghan won't incorporate some British features in her homes in the UK. And tastes also change with the years with most people.
Of course there's nothing wrong with "American interior design", as you called it (though I do want to ask which one, because there are probably many ). It's just that it's quite different, without putting one above the other. Though I have to say, I don't understand this trend of having these huuuuuge kitchens, it's weird (for me) that the kitchen is bigger than the living room in some cases.

Meghan might like it more simplistic or minimal, open and full of light (which many of the American houses, no matter what style, tend to be) - and there are some things, like demolishing internal walls, that you cannot do in a Grade I building - as opposed to Grade II building, for example. Or maybe she likes the British style and is fine with more smaller rooms. We'll probably never know, but it's fun to speculate as long as no one feels offended. Just remember, different doesn't always mean worse, just... different.
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Old 12-23-2018, 11:00 AM
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Big kitchens are nice when you cook a lot and you want the family to be able to hang around while you are doing it. Another reason for the open floor plan concept.

Depends on the lifestyle. For young and/or singles that eat out a lot it's not likely they care much about a kitchen size.



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Old 12-23-2018, 11:41 AM
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I always thought Charles would keep BP as offfices and for official events while staying at CH, however a part of me now thinks ge will move into BP due to the large cost of renovations (notice how Queens apartments are planned to be done last...) and because I think he feels as King he should reside there and would want to avoid any apperance of not being the King in every way his mother has been sovereign.
Agreed. If anything, I see him spending more time at Windsor Castle if he doesn’t want to live at BP full time. I just can’t see him keeping CH after all that money is spent on BP. Windsor is a different story.
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Big kitchens are nice when you cook a lot and you want the family to be able to hang around while you are doing it. Another reason for the open floor plan concept.

Depends on the lifestyle. For young and/or singles that eat out a lot it's not likely they care much about a kitchen size.



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Old 12-23-2018, 12:02 PM
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Speaking of kitchens, I think Meghan is going to be very hands on with the kitchen at Frogmore Cottage. Its been said that they stayed in quite a bit while courting at Nott Cott and cooked food. Harry proposed in front of a roast chicken even. This is a couple that seems to prefer dining in rather than dining out so I think the kitchen will be a top priority for the Sussex family.

Its been suggested that they wish to add on a glass enclosure. Perhaps they'll use it as a greenhouse/meditation/yoga site and grow their own herbs and spices and stuffs. The farm to fork kind of thing.

Whatever they decide, they'll definitely turn the cottage into a home.
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Old 12-23-2018, 12:15 PM
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Damn, didn't know the entirety of Europe is either young or single
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Old 12-23-2018, 12:22 PM
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Cooking is a huge part of Meghan’s life. I can see the kitchen being a center hub of activity for M&H & their kids. It wouldn’t surprise me if her kitchen is on par with the one ripped out of Amner. The out structure could be a private home for Doria or a yoga studio for Meghan. Would their security need a home near theirs if they are living on the Windsor estate?
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Damn, didn't know the entirety of Europe is either young or single
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