Prince Charles will live in ‘flat above a shop’ when he takes over as King

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Prince Charles is reportedly set to reduce the Monarch’s living quarters at Buckingham Palace drastically that will see him living in a ‘flat above a shop’ when he becomes King.

The Daily Mail reports that Prince Charles plans to open up Buckingham Palace more to the public and his living quarters will be hugely reduced.

The overhaul is also said to expand as far as Balmoral which the Prince, 72, plans to turn the estate into a museum as well as plans for Prince William, his wife Kate Middleton and their family to move to Windsor Castle.

A source said: “The property question is on the 'to do' list.

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“The central point is: when the Queen is no longer here, how do you effectively spread two generations of the family across quite a large number of properties?

“The Prince of Wales strongly believes that these places have got to deliver something for the public beyond just being somewhere for members of the Royal Family to live. Everything is seen through the lens of the question: 'What value is this offering to the public?'

“Everybody recognises it makes no sense to run so many residences but if you give them up entirely you will never get them back when Prince George and the younger Royals grow up and need somewhere to live.'

Buckingham Palace is said to be on the Prince’s list of royal residence’s to be cut dramatically. The proposed changes would see a huge reduction in the living quarters that currently boasts 52 Royal and guest bedrooms as well as 188 staff bedrooms.

A friend of Charles said: “Despite what everybody thinks about him not wanting to live there, he will certainly have accommodation there – but it will be a much more modest flat-above-the-shop situation akin to that of the Prime Minister at Downing Street.

“Both the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall are very practical and see that the reigning Monarch must live at Buckingham Palace, otherwise it would become like Hampton Court – a visitor attraction rather than a working royal palace.

The source also revealed plans for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge likely move to Windsor which is said to be a move they want.

The source continued: “Charles is not keen on Windsor because it is quite noisy. His view is that if he's heading to Windsor, he may as well carry on to Highgrove in Gloucestershire.”

The Prince is said to have plans to keep Birkhall – part of the Balmoral Estate in Scotland – which he inherited from his grandmother The Queen Mother.

Balmoral is the favourite residence of The Queen but Prince Charles reportedly has plans to offer the public greater access as it currently is closed to the public in the summer.

The source said: “The talk is of opening a museum paying tribute to the Queen.”

OK! has contacted the Royal press office for comment.

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