THEY may live in palaces, dine on royal banquets and enjoy star-studded balls, but behind closed doors, the royal family may be more down-to-earth than you think.
The likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have given royal fans a sneak peek inside their stunning homes, and revealed they love Ikea and Dunelm just as much as the rest of us….
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Kate’s £11 Penguin books
Just like many households, Kate has a number of Penguin classic books on display.
The Duchess of Cambridge showed fans inside her royal study, with her desk adorned with her collection of the clothbound classics.
Each of the books in the series have been individually designed by Corlie Bickford-Smith, and Kate’s collection includes Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Middlemarch by George Elliot.
Each of the neatly-stacked books retails at around £11, if you buy them in a bundle of three for £33.
It is no surprise that the office is filled with classic books as the couple have previously opened up about how they love to read with the little royals, with William revealing they are fans of Julia Donaldson’s Room On The Broom.
George and Charlotte’s Ikea furniture
Like many of us faced with furnishing a room, Kate and William turned to Ikea when it came to George, seven, and Charlotte’s, five, bedroom.
In 2018, the duke and duchess visited ArkDes, Sweden’s national museum for art and design, and met Marcus Engman, Ikea’s head of design.
They are said to have revealed to Marcus that Kensington Palace has flat-pack Ikea pieces for the children’s rooms – although the exact items weren’t shared.
He said the duke and duchess were very interested in both home furnishings and how the design process works at Ikea: “They also revealed that they have Ikea pieces for the children’s rooms.”
The Queen’s £30 heater
In 2018, Her Majesty welcomed the President of Estonia at Buckingham Palace, and eagle-eyed fans spotted a small grey fan heater placed under a gold table.
The plastic item, which costs as little as £30 from high street stores, certainly looked out of place compared to its golden, luxurious surroundings.
It was placed under a small golden table that displayed a photo of the Queen and Prince Philip.
Seems like a thrifty way to keep warm!
Meghan Markle’s £47 candle
- Tubéreuse candle, £47 from Net-a-Porter – buy now
Meghan, Prince Harry and Archie, one, are currently making a new home for themselves in California after stepping down as senior royals in March.
And their new plush life seems to be suiting them just fine, judging by a peek inside their new £11million Santa Barbara mansion.
Sitting on the shelf behind Meghan is a £47 Tubéreuse candle from luxury perfumer Diptyque.
According to Net-a-Porter the candle “will envelope your living space with a heady floral fragrance.”
It is also listed as the “perfect new home gift” and it may have been just that given the couple’s recent move.
Queen’s John Lewis items
She may reside in a castle, but the Queen is the same as us….just about!
As well as being surrounded by royal heirlooms and luxury goods, she also has items from House of Fraser and John Lewis.
These department stores have royal warrants with the Queen, and John Lewis also supply haberdashery goods to the palace.
Queen’s Dyson fan
The Queen was spotted cooling down with a Dyson fan as she met then-new PM Boris Johnson at Buckingham Palace last year.
A trendy £550 metallic Dyson could be seen in the corner of the room as Boris bowed to the Monarch.
Eagle-eyed viewers were quick to spot the Queen’s fan.
One person wrote: “Nice to see the queen keeping cool with a @Dyson fan!! She’s officially an influencer!”
Another fan wrote: “Great product placement ! Think it was a Dyson. Their marketing team need to get on it straight away”.
Dunelm for royal beds
In a similar way to John Lewis having a royal warrant, Dunelm is also a preferred royal brand.
The Dorma collection, which is available at the retailer, has a royal warrant to supply linen drapery and soft furnishings to the Queen.
Some of the linen starts at as little as £9 for a pillowcase – which means you don’t have to fork out a fortune to recreate a bedroom fit for royalty.
Meghan and Harry’s Loaf sofa
Meghan and Harry were notoriously private about the inside of their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
However, it was revealed by Bryony Gordon, who visited the royal couple at their home, that they have a Loaf sofa.
She wrote in The Telegraph that the house is “the kind of modern home you might see many times over scrolling through Instagram”.
Kate’s Zara home
Ahead of Princess Charlotte being born in 2015, Kate Middleton was spotted shopping in Zara home.
She is said to have bought a doormat, dark blue bath towels and picnic pieces, including some padded gingham hampers, picnic cutlery and polka dot tumblers.
Towels are as little as £3.99, while doormats can cost £19.99, proving Kate is every bit as thrifty as she is stylish.
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