Since it was disclosed last month that Michael and Carole Middleton were interested in buying a Georgian manor house in their Berkshire village, speculation has grown about how the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents could afford the £4.7 million cost of moving up the property ladder. The solution to the mystery may be close at hand.
The Duke of Cambridge, who inherits £10 million when he turns 30 on Thursday, is said to be assisting the Middletons with the purchase. “William regards them as family and is always keen to help, in any way he can,” says one of the Prince’s friends. William is said to understand that the couple are buying a new property to give him and Kate more privacy when they make their regular visits.
St James’s Palace did not deny that the future king may be contributing financially to the Middletons’ house purchase. A spokesman described the claim as “speculative”, saying, “It simply isn’t something we could comment on.” The spokesman said the Middletons are not, though, buying the property on behalf of the Duke and Duchess.