Heir BnB! Prince William wants to spend time in Welsh B&Bs and holiday rentals rather than Royal residences
- Prince William wants to ‘walk the walk’ by using holiday rentals when in Wales
- William will also outline a five-year project to help end homelessness in Britain
Prince William wants to spend more time in Wales staying in B&Bs and holiday rentals rather than any permanent Royal residence, a palace source has revealed.
The new Prince and Princess of Wales have no plans for a property there but will ‘support the tourist economy’ by renting cottages and booking bed-and-breakfast rooms.
Their plans have emerged ahead of a major announcement tomorrow in which William will outline a five-year project to help to end homelessness in Britain.
Sources close to William, who has discussed his campaign with senior politicians from all parties, describe it as a ‘major intervention’.
They say William, who has homes in Kensington Palace, Windsor and Norfolk, wants to ‘walk the walk’ by using rentals when in Wales.
Their plans have emerged ahead of a major announcement tomorrow in which William will outline a five-year project to help to end homelessness in Britain
However, his plan may be controversial. A report last year by the Welsh Parliament pointed to ‘a link between holiday home ownership and high house prices’.
It added: ‘There are concerns high numbers of second homes and short-term lets affect community sustainability.
As locals move away due to the lack of affordable housing, towns and villages risk becoming increasingly empty outside of the holiday season. This can result in the closure of local services.’
Dr Craig Prescott, a constitutional expert at Bangor University, said: ‘Wales is unusual in Britain by not having an official Royal residence.
‘The King got around this by having his own property here. There is a surplus of Royal properties and William’s plan feels more consistent with the broader theme of slimming down the Royal Family.
The new Prince and Princess of Wales have no plans for a property in Wales but will ‘support the tourist economy’ by renting cottages and booking bed-and-breakfast rooms
‘It also gives the couple a chance to become more acquainted with different parts of Wales, as the north and south are distinct areas.’
In April, the couple visited the Bluebell Inn in the hamlet of Glangrwyney, Brecon Beacons, for dinner with friends, then retired to £1,000-a-night Duffryn Mawr country house. Rental website Airbnb calls it a ‘beautifully renovated large country house’ sleeping 16.
Kimberley Fry, who owns Duffryn Mawr and the Bluebell, said: ‘They walked in just like locals.
‘They had a reservation and we kept it quiet, but the locals in the pub were very surprised to see them. We felt very privileged to have them here. We charged the going rate, as we do for everyone.’
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