Royal tradition dictates that married couples ought to sleep in separate beds. Queen Elizabeth and her late husband, Prince Philip, were among those who followed such traditions.
However, not everyone in the Royal Family chooses to do so. Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, for example, have put their own spin on the tradition. Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have opted to reject it altogether.
According to a friend of Charles and Camilla, the secret to their long-lasting marriage is not two but three bedrooms at their London residence, Clarence House. One source told the Daily Mail: “His Royal Highness has a room with a double bed, decorated to his own taste, then Camilla has her own room with a double bed, decorated just the way she likes it.”
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They added: “In addition, they have a shared bedroom with a double bed that they can use whenever they like. The arrangement suits them perfectly.”
The couple have lived at Clarence House since their wedding in 2005. The property, which has since been extensively renovated, used to belong to the Queen Mother before her death in 2002.
Although the building is open to visitors each summer, Charles’ and Camilla’s sleeping arrangements have remained a mystery for years. Prince William and Kate Middleton, on the other hand, are understood to share a bedroom.
The couple live in Kensington Palace’s Apartment 1A, which consists of four floors. Unusually, the royals mostly only occupy the first floor whilst the above floors are reserved for staff.
Sources told E! News that though there are two master bedrooms on the first floor, the duke and duchess have chosen to break the tradition commonly practiced by other royals.
There’s a “wonderful, bright feel to the place,” an insider said. “The entrance hall is beautiful with intricate cornicing and huge black and white flagstones. There are large open fireplaces in all the main entertaining rooms and lovely big windows overlooking the garden.”
In 2013, the couple were reported to have purchased a special bed following their move to Kensington Palace. The Cambridges missed the one they had in their rented home in Wales so the couple tracked down and purchased the exact same model for their new home in the capital.
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