Prince Charles famously employs almost 150 staff to cater for his every need, but Prince William has insisted he and Kate Middleton have no intention of taking on butlers or household staff when they begin married life in April.
The future king and queen have done everything they can to live life like any “normal” couple during their weekends together at the Prince’s rented cottage on Anglesey, doing their own shopping, cooking and cleaning. And although they have bodyguards on 24-hour duty, they have told aides they intend to carry on fending for themselves when they return home as newlyweds.
The couple believe that sharing their home with servants would ruin the intimacy of their relationship, and will carry on looking after themselves until the Prince finishes his tour of duty as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot in three years’ time.
A senior royal source said: “It’s very much their instinct to manage on their own. They want to do their duty and make sure they are a real asset to the country but they are private individuals who want to get on with their lives. Prince William is not into extravagance and, like any other young officer in the armed forces, that is how he chooses to live his life. He and Catherine live without domestic staff and they wouldn’t do it any other way. That’s the life they want to lead.”
“The Prince is committed to his career at RAF Valley until 2013 and he wants his wife by his side during that time.”
Article: The Telegraph
Kate Middleton to be Immortalised in Wax
Kate Middleton might finally become a member of the Royal Family next April but she will have to wait a few months longer to join them in Madame Tussauds. She would join models of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and Princes William and Harry.
The waxworks museum plans to arrange a sitting for Prince William’s new bride after their wedding next April. And with the world-famous creations taking four months to complete, the tourist attraction said a dummy Kate Middleton could be unveiled towards the end of 2011.
A spokeswoman for Madame Tussauds said: “We have a really good relationship with the Royals and they always do sittings for us. It looks likely it will be shortly after the wedding and then it takes four months to complete.”
Article: Daily Mail
Hear from Kate’s Old Teachers
Kevin and Denise Allford were house parents to young boarder Catherine Middleton at St Andrew’s prep school in Pangbourne, Berkshire. And they say the leaving gift Miss Middleton gave them at the end of her stay at the school has now taken on historic significance and will become a family heirloom.
“Unfortunately I chopped off ‘Mr and Mrs Allford’ that Kate had written on the back of the Picasso print after I cut the paper to fit the frame. But we can still read ‘Catherine x x’ at the bottom. I can’t believe I sliced the rest of the message off to fit the frame now. How can I have done that?”
“She was a lovely young girl – selfless and very calm and dependable. When Catherine went on to study at Marlborough she was voted as the person that most people loved.”
“She didn’t have a bad bone in her body but she had inner strength and was a competitive sportswoman. Her sister Pippa and brother James excelled too but Catherine was very determined, which seemed to set her apart.”
Article: Wales Online
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