Prince William and Kate plan to move to Windsor to be closer to the queen

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If Prince William has his way, he and Kate will spend more time with the queen as they're looking to move closer to her. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
If Prince William has his way, he and Kate will spend more time with the queen as they're looking to move closer to her. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Prince William and his family are set to move to Windsor to be closer to the queen. Insiders say the future heir to the throne and his wife, Kate Middleton, are already looking at schools in the area for their three children, Prince George (8), Princess Charlotte (6) and Prince Louis (3).     

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also reportedly looking at private homes after ruling out royal mansions in the area, including the Royal Lodge where disgraced royal Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson live, as well as Fort Belvedere, the former home of King Edward VIII.

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Part of the reason William and Kate want to move closer to the queen is said to be to keep Prince Andrew from spending so much time with the monarch. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

According to sources the move comes amid “growing concern” about Andrew’s increasing closeness to the queen. Andrew, who has long been said to be Her Majesty’s favourite son, regularly visits his mother for daily chats, but eyebrows were raised when he took centre stage at the recent memorial service for his father, Prince Philip.

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Prince Andrew raised eyebrows when he escorted the queen down the aisle at Prince Philip's memorial at Westminster Abbey. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The queen and Prince Andrew were seen departing together from Prince Philip's memorial service at Westminster Abbey, London. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The disgraced duke was seen escorting the queen down the aisle at Westminster Abbey, in front of the 1 800 congregation while cameras broadcast the ceremony across the world. He was also seen arriving and departing with her in a car, despite the fact that he’s effectively been banished from public royal life.

Andrew was stripped of his official duties and patronages after details of his close friendship with late American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein emerged. In February he settled out of court with one of Epstein’s former sex-trafficking victims, Virginia Giuffre (38), who claims the royal slept with her several times when she was 17 and under Epstein’s influence.

Yet despite his ruined reputation and public distaste, the duke appears intent on working his way back into the spotlight. According to an insider he feels “he still has a lot to give” and doesn't want to retire.

There's now concern he may try to attend more royal family events. It's rumoured he's set to chaperone the queen to the Epsom Derby horse race in the first week of June, which is when her platinum jubilee celebrations will be taking place.

Royal watchers reckon William will be keeping a close eye on his grandmother and his disgraced uncle.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, thesun.co.uk

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