Kate Middleton and Prince William branded virtue signallers amid downsize move

Kate Middleton and Prince William have reportedly been eyeing up a move to the Windsor estate to be closer to The Queen but this has been hit with backlash.

Reports claimed that the Cambridge's had been eyeing up a move to Adelaide Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle, just a ten-minute walk away from the 96-year-old Monarch.

Currently, the family reside in the lavish 20-room Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace but William and Kate are keen for their children to attend the same school, close to Windsor.

The move, however, hasn't gone down well with TalkTV host Julia Hartley-Brewer and columnist Ayesha Hazarika.

During Tuesday night's episode of Small Talk, Julia said: "William and Kate are moving their family to a four-bedroom cottage on the Windsor estate.

"Adelaide Cottage which needs no extra taxpayers' security – I think we'll all remember what happened with Harry and Meghan.

"No costly refurb, it's also understood there will be, I don't know how people cope with no live-in staff with aides commuting to Windsor.

"Is there no levels of dedication the royals will not go to?!"

She continued: "The move means their children, George, Charlotte and Louis can now start school together in the autumn which is great news.

"William and Kate are said to be keen to live closer to the Queen who's been struggling with mobility problems and obviously want to be with her at Windsor."

Julia added: "This is also about playing down the roles, cost of living crisis, 'We're just like you'.

"The fact we also have not just a second home we've been talking about but about 15 other homes, by the way, they're palaces and castles but we're living in a four bedroomed house.

"I don't think that's going to go down very well, I think a lot of people will say 'Stop pretending like us, you're not like us, you're royalty and you're rich.'"

"Do you think this is virtue signalling?" asked Ayesha Hazarika.

Julia responded: "I think it's the equivalent of seeing them get an EasyJet or Ryanair flight as we've seen them do when actually, they can get private jets everywhere."

Adelaide Cottage has been a "grace and favour" residence for royal pals for the past six decades and underwent major renovations in 2015 and has some elaborate decorations, including a ceiling covered with gilded dolphins and a rope decoration in the master bedroom.

A source recently told The Sun: "Finding a way to make Adelaide Cottage work seems to be the best and only option. There are issues with all the other houses, so Adelaide will be the favourite."

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