Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020

William and Kate choose modest UK holiday over Harry and Meghan’s life of luxury

Prince William and Kate snubbed a luxury stay abroad for a modest family holiday at a cottage on the Isles of Scilly.

Their decision to make the most of the half-term break without forking out on somewhere more exclusive could not be more different to Harry and Meghan’s life in California.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge treated their three kids George, seven, Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Louis to a quaint staycation on an island 25 miles from mainland Cornwall.

Despite miserable British weather, locals on the island say William and Kate loved their time there in a four-bedroomed stone cottage, The Sun said.

The royals are said to have been won over by the cottage’s rustic charm – a world away from Harry and Meghan’s £11 mansion.

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Prince Harry 's Montecito pad with Meghan boasts nine bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a library, gym, spa and home theatre.

The weather it basks in is not bad either, with temperatures still reaching 26C degrees last week.

William and Kate’s trip to the Scillies was their second escape to the islands in just a few months.

Locals claim to have said "hello" to the couple, both 38, as they cycling around in July.

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One holidaymaker who saw them last week said: “We hardly noticed at first as they seemed a normal family on holiday intent on keeping themselves to themselves.

“The place where they were staying was quite modest and certainly not hugely luxurious.

“We couldn’t help thinking what the weather might be like in California — but it’s much better to be holidaying here in Britain.”

With a total population of 2,153 across the Isles of Scilly, only five of the 140, famed for their beaches and quiet walks, are inhabited.

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William's father, Prince Charles owns most of the land and a third of homes through the Duchy of Cornwall and first took his family there with Diana, when they were boys.

William and Kate also paid an official visit to the isles in 2016 for a tour of Tresco Abbey Gardens.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace did not want to comment.

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