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Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales | The home in Anglesey | Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales | Source: Getty Images
Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales | The home in Anglesey | Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales | Source: Getty Images

Kate & William's Modest 'First Home Together' Where They Lived Simple Life: 'Beautiful and Isolated'

Oyin Balogun
Oct 02, 2022
05:00 A.M.

When the Prince and Princess of Wales began their journey as an official couple, following their 2010 engagement, they lived a quiet and not-so-dutiful life in Wales, their first home. Now, they live in a 200-year-old home on the National Heritage List.

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Following the Queen's final memorable burial, the royals carried on with their duties and personal matters.

While King Charles is handling the crown, his son, William, and his wife are getting the hang of their new duties. Also, similarly, they are handling personal affairs. Reportedly, the couple took a trip down memory lane, literally.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales sit in front of the Taj Mahal during day seven of the royal tour of India and Bhutan on April 16, 2016 in Agra, India. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales sit in front of the Taj Mahal during day seven of the royal tour of India and Bhutan on April 16, 2016 in Agra, India. | Source: Getty Images

William and Kate visited a place that proposed new beginnings in their lives—a place beholding romantic memories they hold dear.

In 2010, the same year the duo became engaged, they moved to their first home in Anglesey, a humble abode (4-bedroom) that blessed them with the serenity they needed.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William pose for photos after confirming their engagement on November 16, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

Kate Middleton and Prince William pose for photos after confirming their engagement on November 16, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

Even after their marriage in 2011, they remained in the beautiful and isolated area, creating long-lasting memories as newlyweds. Eventually, as first-time parents — this was also Prince George's first home.

The couple left a few months after his birth. Their home was not only peaceful but surrounded by nature.

It had a private beach and overlooked the Newborough Forest, Snowdonia, and Llanddwyn Island. During their time there, reports noted that they were set back £750 monthly.

Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Prince William at the Natural History Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Prince William at the Natural History Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Sources confirmed that Kate and William enjoyed true solitude, away from the paparazzi and royal staff. Indeed, they lived quieter lives and made personal decisions without public scrutiny.

The couple visited local shops and supermarkets like commoners; people could tell whenever they saw William's car.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. | Source: Getty Images

They also went about their business individually. William was at Holyhead at RAF Valley, while Kate worked remotely as a photographer and designer for her parents' website, "Party Pieces." Their recent visit to Anglesey was to meet with communities and understand the commitments of charities across the area.

After this trip, the couple would hit Swansea and convene with people at the redeveloped St. Thomas Church.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton on March 9, 2020, in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton on March 9, 2020, in London, England | Source: Getty Images

The Church provides help to people in the county by running a food bank and helping needy mothers through Swansea Baby Basics.

What William and Kate Said about Their Life in Wales

Truly, their experiences at the first home are forever ingrained in their hearts. William confirmed their home in Wales would be a "special place" for them.

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton at Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on October 14, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton at Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on October 14, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

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This is also a memory they are willing to cherish, as he promised that their family would always revisit the place occasionally.

The estate was a gift from the Queen in 2011. However, the Waleses did not move into it until six years later, after it had undergone a refurbishment worth £1.5 million

Prince William And Catherine, Princess of Wales at A National Service Of Thanksgiving At St Paul's Cathedral In London As Part Of The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William And Catherine, Princess of Wales at A National Service Of Thanksgiving At St Paul's Cathedral In London As Part Of The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. | Source: Getty Images

In his words, "This island has been our first home together, and it will always be an immensely special place for us both."

William admitted that the island held so much beauty and hospitality without mincing words. He added, "never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and welcoming as Anglesey."

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales leave St Thomas Church, which has been redeveloped to provide support to vulnerable people, during their visit to Wales on September 27, 2022 in Swansea, Wales. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales leave St Thomas Church, which has been redeveloped to provide support to vulnerable people, during their visit to Wales on September 27, 2022 in Swansea, Wales. | Source: Getty Images

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Amid the admirable confessions about the blissful island, the Princess of Wales shared that she felt somehow isolated, especially after George's birth. She said:

"I had just had George, and William was still working…so we came up here when George was a tiny, tiny little baby…it was so isolated, so cut off, I didn't have my family around me."

Wiliam's Family Now Lives in a 200-Year-Old Building

The Prince and Princess of Wales now live on historical property. It was built two hundred years ago. They moved into their current home, the Kensington Palace, in 2017.

Prince William and Kate Middleton on their tour to New Zealand and Australia in 2014. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton on their tour to New Zealand and Australia in 2014. | Source: Getty Images

The estate was a gift from the Queen in 2011. However, the Prince and Princess of Wales did not move into it until six years later, after it had undergone a refurbishment worth £1.5 million.

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It boasts ten bedrooms, including other areas like a rerouted driveway, a modern conservatory, and entirely new interiors. Home designer Ben Pentreath supervised the home decoration.

Royal fans would remember that following the Queen's failing health earlier in the year, reports hinted that the Waleses' would be moving to Windsor Castle to be nearer to the monarch.

Prince William and Kate Middleton in London 2016. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton in London 2016. | Source: Getty Images

However, recent updates via Telegraph showed that the couple's move would be delayed, as they have their kids in mind and would not want more to distort their routines. According to the source:

"They have indicated to courtiers that they want to give their children a chance to settle into school and avoid any more upheaval for as long as possible."

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The same source noted that the Prince and Princess of Wales would not be "starting from scratch" whenever it involves decisions on royal properties, as there have been discussions about it for many years.

Prince William and Kate Middleton in Truro England 2016. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton in Truro England 2016. | Source: Getty Images

However, some changes may be inevitable; still, they hope to maintain a balanced family life for themselves and the children. The couple announced that they would not have live-in help in their residence. Additionally, the insider claimed:

"They are very happy right now at Windsor, and for the next decade or so, everything will be pretty much dictated by what is right for the children."

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the 2022 polo charity match in London 2022. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the 2022 polo charity match in London 2022. | Source: Getty Images

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The Prince and Princess of Wales Windsor home, the Adelaide Cottage, was first constructed as a summer getaway site for Queen Adelaide, who stayed in it on her birthday, August 13, 1831.

Its initial architectural structure consisted of two exclusive rooms and a few others for the Queen and royal staff. At the time, the media recognized the legendary construction.

The Mirror praised it for its uniqueness. According to the publication, "it has none of the obtrusive splendor which characterizes palace-building, but much of the quaint elegance of the embellished order of domestic architecture in the Old English school."

Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Prince William, Prince of Wales watch from the Royal Box as Novak Djokovic of Serbia wins against Jannik Sinner of Italy during their Men's Singles Quarter Final match on day nine of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 05, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Prince William, Prince of Wales watch from the Royal Box as Novak Djokovic of Serbia wins against Jannik Sinner of Italy during their Men's Singles Quarter Final match on day nine of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 05, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Decades after its construction, Adelaide Cottage was listed on National Heritage List as a Grade II building. In addition, the Organization highlights buildings that share architectural or historical interests with England.

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