Inside the Princess of Wales's 'cosy' childhood home

Inside the Princess of Wales's 'cosy' childhood home

Inside Kate’s ‘cosy’ childhood home: ‘Humble’ four-bedroom house where the Middletons lived before making millions… which is a far cry from a royal palace

  • The Princess of Wales grew up in four-bedroom home in Berkshire with family
  • It is a far cry from where Kate Middleton now lives with her own children  
  • READ MORE: What the Prince and Princess of Wales REALLY eat at home

The Prince and Princess of Wales last year moved into a new family home, uprooting from life in London for a property on the Queen’s Windsor estate.

Six months ago, the Waleses moved into Adelaide Cottage, a pretty Grade II listed four-bedroom home. The family had previously been based in Kensington Palace.

However both palatial properties are a far cry from Kate Middleton’s modest childhood home, where she lived until she was 13-years-old.

Having worked as a BA flight dispatcher and an air stewardess, Mike and Carole Middleton bought West View in Bradfield Southend in 1979 for £34,700. 

Revealed: The Princess of Wales’s first home, a four-bedroom semi-detached house in Bradfield Southend, Berkshire

The Princess of Wales spent most of her childhood in Bucklebury, Berkshire and has two younger siblings Pippa, 39, and James, 35.

Appearing on Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast in 2020, the mother-of-three opened up about her ‘very happy’ childhood and praised her parents’ ‘huge dedication’ to her and her siblings. 

Her parents Mike and Carole brought the four-bedroom semi-detached house in Berkshire in 1979. 

The Middletons sold the house in 1995 for £158,000, through local estate agent Dudley Singleton.

Carole and Mike Middleton (pictured with daughters Kate, left, aged four, and Pippa) bought the home in 1979 and started their family there

Kate’s first bedroom: The Princess initially slept in a tiny attic space which an adult would have to bend down in

Fit for a princess: As she got older, Kate traded in her attic room for a more spacious one, apparently larger than her parents’, where she could fit a double bed and a desk

Pictures from 2011 show the kitchen had black and white floor tiles, simple white cabinets and black work surfaces

Read more:  Kate and William’s four-bed Adelaide Cottage was once home to Princess Margaret’s lover, and was ‘offered to Harry and Meghan by Queen’

He said that the house suggests that the future Queen comes from ‘humble beginnings’. 

When the property went up for sale in the summer of 2011, Mr Singleton gave a tour of the house to CNN, reminiscing about his time with the Middletons whom he says he knew ‘very well’. 

‘They were not pretentious people, they lived here long after they were very successful with their business, still running their business out of the shed,’ he said. 

Starting with the outside of the house, he told the Daily Mail at the time that previous owners had split the sizeable farmhouse into two smaller properties.

Separated by a hedge, he said it left the house looking ‘a bit lopsided’, but also larger in appearance than it actually is.

In a video of a house tour with CNN, he started by showing the reporter the modest dining area, where he says the family spent most of their time as it was the ‘hub of the house’.

The footage shows a largefire place at the top of the room, with a thin staircase going up the stairs to the left as they enter. 

The layout is practical as the room is just off the kitchen, which pictures from 2011 show had black and white floor tiles, simple white cabinets and black work surfaces.

The Middletons sold the house in 1995 for £158,000, through local estate agent Dudley Singleton (left with the Daily Mail’s Jane Fryer)

An open brick fire place and a thin staircase were the main features of the small living and dining room area

Also off the kitchen-diner area is a cosy living room, which Mr Singleton suggested was Mike and Carole’s sanctuary away from their young children – while hastily adding that he doubted Kate was ‘ever a trouble’. 

‘They had a wood-burning stove in the [dining room] fireplace and a big table where the youngsters did their drawing and all that,’ the agent told the Mail.

‘Next door is the front sitting room which was kept as a bit of grown-up sanity for Mike and Carole when the children went to bed.’ 

Downstairs also has a utility room and a small room attached to the building, where Kate and her siblings Pippa and James most likely played.

On the first floor was a simply-decorated family bathroom, which the family of five would have shared

Kate’s first bedroom was in a tiny attic space which an adult would have to bend down in.

But as she got older, the Princess traded it in for a more spacious room, where she could fit a double bed and a desk.

One of two bedrooms on the first floor, Mr Singleton said that ‘the bigger one was Kate’s’ and the smaller one at the front was Carole and Mike’s. 

‘Maybe they had a premonition she would get somewhere in life?’ he mused.

The home has a spacious garden where Kate and her younger siblings, Pippa and James, would play together

While it was up for sale, more pictures from inside the house show a simply-decorated family bathroom on the first floor, which the family of five would have shared.

Moving outside, the home’s spacious garden is home to a large, if quite rundown shed – which was, Mr Singleton suggests, the key to the family’s business success.

Kate’s parents converted the ramshackled hut into an office when they launched their company – Party Pieces – which went from mailing small orders of kid’s party products to a business worth an estimated £33 million.

As their business grew, the family relocated to Oak Acre, a seven-bedroom home also in Berkshire. 

Kate’s parents converted a ramshackled green shed into an office when they launched their company – Party Pieces – which is now worth an estimated £33million

A bit worse for ware in 2011, one of the house’s outbuildings was used by the Middletons as an office space when they lived there

Then in 2012, as they sought more privacy from the glare of the public eye, Carole and Mike bought Bucklebury Manor for £4.7million. 

With Kate becoming Duchess of Cambridge, Mr Singleton speculated that the house would be a sound investment given it’s previous inhabitant. 

‘When she becomes Queen it’ll double in value overnight. It’ll be a memorial to her childhood. 

‘You’d have to go back as far as Boudica’s mud hut to find a more modest house that was once home to a future Queen.’

 Royal experts previously told how Prince William and the Princess of Wales have adopted the ‘Middleton parenting model’ and want their children to see them as their ‘best friends’.

Speaking to Ok!, royal expert Duncan Larcombe said it’s evident that the Prince and Princess of Wales have taken inspiration from Kate’s parents Carole, 67, and Michael, 73, in how they are raising their children.

The expert said: ‘William has based his children’s upbringing on the Middleton model – three children, affluent, but hard-working parents and lots of love in the house.

‘By the time Kate was in her early twenties, she counted her mother and father on the list of her best friends. That’s what William and Kate are aspiring to with their children.’  

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