Kate Middleton and Prince William aren't just receiving strollers and stuffed animals for their little one due in July — they're getting a mansion, too!
Life & Style can reveal that William's grandmother, the iconic Queen Elizabeth II, has gifted him and his pregnant wife Anmer Hall — a stunning country estate worth $10 million.
A royal insider explains there's a message behind this extravagant present.
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"There's been a lot of tension between the queen and Kate, so giving them Amner Hall is definitely a peace offering," they explain.
Though the queen may believe she'll be able to increase her influence over the young couple since they'll live so close by, insiders say that's not going to happen.
"They hugely respect the queen, but Prince William's determined that they'll remain as independent as they can be," says an insider. "He wants to do things their way."
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The 10-bedroom Georgian mansion on the queen's Sandringham estate has been in the family for quite some time. While William, 30, and Kate, 31, have yet to confirm whether they've accepted the gift, it does hold a special place in their hearts.
"William and Kate went to that cottage when they were dating," royal expert Yvonne Yorke tells Life & Style. "And they love that it's a quiet, normal, away-from-the-public-eye kind of place."
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