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12/07/02
Kensington Palace to Go Public
- Charles said to back plans for new royal museum

PRINCE CHARLES is keen to turn Kensington Palace into a museum, according to royal insiders.

The former London home of both the Prince and Princess Diana is currently occupied by fringe members of the royal clan, most notably Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

The Kent's have recently come under media and parliamentary pressure to leave the palace as part of the on-going 'modernisation' of the monarchy. The couple pay only UKP3,500 a year for a sumptuous seven bedroom apartment at the palace, when market rents would be up to 100 times that figure.

Prince Charles has been given more power by the Queen recently and is said to be keen to use his influence to shift the Kent's out of Kensington Palace so it can be turned into the public home of the Royal Collection.

Prince Michael said earlier this year that he was "not a quitter," but it is thought he has been persuaded to up sticks by an offer from the Queen to pay his rent on a new flat.




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