Kate Middleton And Prince William Create 'Palace Powerbase' In Princess Diana's Old Home

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Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry are preparing to move into their new base at Kensington Palace, their mother Princess Diana's old home, straight after Christmas.

Up until now the Royal brothers and William's wife Kate have shared an office with Prince Charles at St James's Palace. Come January though the three young royals will have their own base in Kensington. The move is timed to coincide with Harry's return from Afghanistan at the beginning of 2013.

According to the Mail Online, more than a dozen staff will begin the move to the Royal residence in West London next month. "The new set-up will be known as the Household Office of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and will be transferred from St James's Palace in stages," an aide has told the Mail.

"Charles has agreed to fund the private office out of his existing income from the Duchy of Cornwall and has even offered to foot the bill for Kate's not inconsiderable working wardrobe."

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall already have a cottage on the site which they use for their regular trips to the city but the move in January will see them set up home in Apartment 1A, which used to be occupied by Princess Margaret.

Despite the move away from their father, insiders insist there is no rift between William and Harry and their father:

"The irony is Kensington Palace is where Diana fashioned her powerbase after her divorce from Charles. There is no rift with Charles, just a recognition the time has come for the boys and Kate to create their own full identity."

The move is viewed by insiders as a signal that Prince William is preparing to leave his role as a search-and-rescue pilot at RAF Anglesey to begin a life of Royal duty in London.  

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