Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly hatching surprise plans to transform a secret home into something of a sanctuary as part of the Princess’s recovery process. The Royal couple is said to be contemplating renovations and extensions to a little-known redbrick annexe adjacent to their Adelaide Cottage residence in Windsor. The family, who relocated to the Berkshire estate towards the end of summer 2022, currently divide their time between the four-bedroom cottage and their cherished Anmer Hall retreat on the Sandringham Estate.

While Adelaide Cottage offers an ideal location due to its closeness to Lambrook School where Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis attend, insiders suggest the family are considering plans to expand a currently vacant annexe to assist in the princess’ recuperation. However, this decision is not without its challenges, as sources indicate that the Prince of Wales is “conscious of public scrutiny” regarding Royal expenditure and is taking a cautious approach to personally funding the costs.

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Anmer Hall is the couple’s home in Norfolk, on the Sandringham Estate 
“They [William and Kate] absolutely adore Adelaide Cottage, but it just about fits the entire family, whereas Anmer Hall is much larger with extensive grounds,” the source revealed to OK!. “Adelaide Cottage is being used as a term time property while the children are at school nearby and Anmer Hall is for long weekends and holidays.”

Insiders have spilled the beans on plans to revamp a run-down redbrick annexe at Adelaide Cottage, aiming to turn it into a perfect retreat for the Wales family and their aides. While the project is on pause as the Princess of Wales focuses on her recovery, the plans are reportedly simmering away in the background, ready to spring into action when the time is ripe.

“Nobody knows that there is quite a spacious red-brick annexe building that’s not being used next door to Adelaide Cottage,” an insider said. “It’s currently inhabitable and needs extensive renovation works if it were to be used. Discussions have been ongoing for a while about using the property as part of the overall cottage grounds, but it’s just about finding the right time to kick the project off.”

The need for space is more than a luxury; sources say it’s vital for Kate’s path to wellness, providing her with a serene environment to manage her treatment’s demands. Anmer Hall is the top pick at the moment, thanks to its generous size and seclusion. Mindful of past backlash over public funding, the Wales clan is considering footing the bill for the Adelaide Cottage annexe’s refurbishments themselves.

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The family moved to Adelaide Cottage at the end of summer in 2022 
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“William is very conscious of the public scrutiny over the Royal Family’s spending habits, so he is looking at the best way to cover any renovation costs,” a source revealed. “It’s a project that’s very much been put on the back burner for now due to the family’s unfortunate position, but it will be looked at again when the time is right.”

Adelaide Cottage, tucked away in the Crown Estate’s private 655-acre Royal park, was originally constructed in 1831 as a sanctuary for the wife of King William IV, Queen Adelaide. The cottage underwent significant refurbishments in 2015 and boasts some seriously opulent decor. It’s said that the master bedroom’s ceiling is adorned with gilded dolphins and rope ornamentation, according to various reports.

Post Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials in 2018, there were fleeting rumours that Adelaide Cottage might become their new residence in Windsor. The couple reportedly appreciated the privacy it offered and its proximity to London. Moreover, the location is particularly practical for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, who all attend the nearby Lambrook School.

OK! reached out to Kensington Palace for a statement.