Another day, another royal housing scandal to keep track of. In addition to a mild drama between the Cambridges and Princess Eugenie over who gets to move into Adelaide Cottage, Duchess Camilla has issues with her mansion. Because yes, she has her own mansion (technically, it’s a mansion) just a 15-minute drive from the estate she shares with Prince Charles.
The daily email reports that Camilla’s home, Ray Mill House, has only one house next door: The Old Mill, which is owned by Phil Clayton. The two properties share a lane, and evidently Phil Clayton has renovated a garage on his property to potentially rent it out to tourists, Airbnb style.
The Claytons have reportedly been renovating their home for five years, and Camilla has talked about it being “upside down” and has filed three (3) complaints. In 2017, the estate manager of her and Charles’s official home, Highgrove, wrote a letter on her behalf saying they were concerned that the garage design “was not conducive to a normal garage as there are 3 large windows and a door.” “. Also in 2018, they complained that the “proposed design appears larger and higher than the existing building.” Okay!
FYI, this house (which Camilla paid £850,000 for in 1996) has also been the source of drama in the past. The daily email reports that in 2006 it was revealed that the taxpayer paid a hefty £1.8m security bill at the property, which clearly resulted in all sorts of side-eyes.
Anyway, this was the last in Royal Housing Drama, see you next time!
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