Now that Prince Charles is going by King Charles, his wife Camilla has found herself casually becoming the Queen Consort of England. And apparently, she and Charles are abandoning their ~simple life~ at Clarence House and moving into Buckingham Palace. However! Camilla has no intention to stay there full-time and will be keeping her own personal home on the side called Ray Mill House.
The Telegraph reports that Camilla has already spent time at Ray Mill House since the Queen’s death and won’t be selling it. Instead, she’ll keep the privately owned home as “an escape from royal life.”
Camilla bought the six-bedroom home after divorcing her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, and it’s not far away from Highgrove, the King’s private residence—although technically, Prince William owns Highgrove now as Duke of Cornwall and his dad has to pay him rent, lol.
“If you consider that Highgrove is the most relaxed of the King’s residences, even there you are always surrounded by a team of private staff including a chef, a butler, and police on every corner, so there is no true private time,” a friend of Camilla’s tells the outlet. “The King has grown up with that all of his life, so it’s not such a burden for him to exist in that observed world, but the Queen Consort has spent most of her life as a private citizen—so she understands the meaning of shutting your front door and having a place to yourself. Ray Mill is the only place where she can literally and metaphorically kick off her shoes and spend time with family and friends in a really informal setting. It’s an escape from royal life and it will be treasured even more greatly now.”
Meanwhile, royal staff members “privately accept” that there are “practical reasons” for Camilla to keep the home—specifically that if she outlives Charles, she has somewhere to live and can pass on the property to her own children.
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