George may inherit Charles royal estate over Harry and Meghan, experts say

Prince George could inherit Prince Charles' London estate, Clarence House, pinching it off Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, claim royal insiders.

Sources say that the multi-storey mansion is "no longer on the cards" for Harry and Meghan after their dramatic exit from the Royal Family earlier this year.

They also told the Mail on Sunday that it'll likely go to one of the Cambridge children, Charles' grandchildren, with the eldest George the frontrunner.

It comes as part of Charles' grand plan to slim down the royal estate and hand many of the lavish residences over to the public.

Those close to the 72-year-old King-to-be said that most of Buckingham Palace will be opened up, leaving Charles living in a "flat-above-the-shop situation".

52 normal bedrooms and 188 staff bedrooms currently make up the monarch's living quarters in the palace.

A friend of his claimed to the Mail on Sunday: "Despite what everybody thinks about him not wanting to live there, he will certainly have accommodation there – but it will be a much more modest flat-above-the-shop situation akin to that of the Prime Minister at Downing Street.

"Both the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall are very practical and see that the reigning monarch must live at Buckingham Palace, otherwise it would become like Hampton Court."

Another source opened up to the paper about Charles' plans for other residences. Balmoral, for example, could be turned into a museum dedicated to the Queen.

They explained: "The central point is: when the Queen is no longer here, how do you effectively spread two generations of the family across quite a large number of properties?

"The Prince of Wales strongly believes that these places have got to deliver something for the public beyond just being somewhere for members of the Royal Family to live.

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"Everything is seen through the lens of the question: 'What value is this offering to the public?'"

However, as George's potential move to Clarence House suggests, the source added that some residences will be kept in the estate with an eye on future royal generations.

They also said that Prince William and Kate Middleton may be moved to Windsor Castle because Charles finds it "too noisy" with a Heathrow flight path overhead.

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