Diana's palace a no-go for William
London - Britain's Prince William and his new wife Kate Middleton will not be able to move into their chosen apartment in Kensington Palace
The royal couple are said to have had their hearts set on 1A – the flat originally lived in by Queen Elizabeth's sister Princess Margaret – as their base in London when they are away from their home in Anglesey, Wales.
However, a £12m redevelopment – which is due to finish in March 2012 - means they will instead have to settle in modes and previously unoccupied rooms, according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper.Base in the capital
A spokesperson for St James' Palace did not rule out the pair moving into their desired apartment – which is advertised on the Kensington Palace website as the perfect spot for "intimate dinners and lunches" - in the future.
The couple were recently reported to be looking forward to having a permanent base in the British capital so they can look into future work opportunities for Kate.
A source said: "Kate and William love the peace and quiet of Anglesey but they can't just stay holed up there for the next two years.
"The public want to see them, and it makes sense for them to have a base in the capital. They both love London have lots of friends there and it's a good place for Kate to get stuck into thinking about what charities she wants to promote and other work she might take on."