Most parents-to-be spend time and money getting their home ready for a baby, but the renovations to Prince William and Kate Middleton's new home at Kensington Palace are costing a staggering $1.5 million!
Apartment 1A, which is actually a 57-room residence with a private walled garden, is being totally refurbished, with new heating, electrics, walls and a roof being installed. According to a report in the Daily Mail, more than $900,000 has been spent on internal refurbishments to the apartment, which used to be the home of the Queen's late sister, Princess Margaret, and hasn't been updated since the 1960s.
How Kate Middleton's Prepping For Baby
Kate and William are currently staying in a small cottage on the palace grounds while their new home is being renovated, and while they'd hoped it would be ready for them to move into by the time their first child is born in July, the work has taken longer than expected as asbestos was discovered in the apartment. (Even royals aren't immune to renovation delays!)
The four-story dwelling features five reception rooms, three main bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms, a night and day nursery, nine staff bedrooms and more than 20 "ancillary" rooms.
Prince William Risks Missing the Birth of His Baby
While the British government is paying for the renovations, the couple will be footing the bill for all the fixtures and finishes. Kate was spotted shopping for soft furnishings for her baby nursery earlier this month, and based on her fabric choices, she's opting for a neutral theme.
With the baby's arrival just weeks away, Kate has withdrawn from making any further official appearances and is taking things easy, while William continues to work in Wales (300 miles away) as a search and rescue helicopter pilot. He's set to take two weeks' paternity leave after the baby is born, but as Life & Style reports in this week's issue, there are fears that he could miss the baby's birth if he's out flying a rescue mission when Kate goes into labor.
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