William and Kate ‘are getting ready to move house to a different town’

Prince William and Kate Middleton want to move to Windsor as early as this summer to be nearer to the Queen, according to sources.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who spend their time between Norfolk and Kensington Palace – are said to have looked at a number of royal homes in Windsor.

Insiders say these include the Royal Lodge, a 30-room 17th century mansion inherited by Prince Andrew which is a short drive away from the Queen.

But the Duke of York will not budge, and Kate and William are now looking at private homes in the area.

However, the pair have been considering some other Crown Estate homes, including Frogmore House, about half a mile south of Windsor Castle.

Their children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three would feel right at home, as they are taken there to play at weekends.

William and Kate are also said to have looked at Adelaide Cottage – just a 10 minute walk from the the Queen – but it is currently being lived in, the Sun reports.

The couple have ruled out moving into one of the luxury apartments in Windsor Castle or into Fort Belvedere – once home to King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.

Royal sources have dismissed claims that the pair are moving into one of the luxury apartments within Windsor Castle. William and Kate are also looking at schools in Windsor, Surrey and Buckinghamshire, sources say.

The Queen, 95, moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and has since decided to make it her permanent home.

One of the reasons is that her London residence is undergoing expensive renovations which aren’t expected to be finished until 2027.