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Kate Middleton’s parents plan to welcome Ukrainian refugees to their £ 5 million home in Berkshire

Kate Middleton’s parents plan to welcome Ukrainian refugees to their £ 5 million home in Berkshire

  • Carole and Michael Middleton are investigating plans to make an annex for £ 5m at home
  • Mrs Middleton has received ‘advice from villagers’ on the reception of refugees
  • Neighbors already providing sanctuary include Chris Tarrant and Lord Benyon
  • Carole is ‘very philanthropic and wants to be known for her charitable nature’: mate

De Duchess of CambridgeThe parents of the Ukrainian refugees want to be welcomed into their home in Berkshire, The Mail on Sunday can discover.

It is understood that Carole and Michael Middleton are investigating plans to build an annex to the mansion in the village of Bucklebury that they bought ten years ago for £ 4.7 million.

“Bucklebury has accommodated a good number of refugees and Carole has received advice from villagers and sought information on how the process has worked for others in the area,” a source said.

Neighbors who have already provided sanctuary include broadcaster Chris Tarrant and Tory politician Lord Benyon, a friend of the Middletons who recently held a fundraising event for refugees at his State House.

Michael and Carole MIddleton are pictured arriving at Wimbledon for day nine of tennis

A part of the couple's £ 4.7 million home could be turned into an annex for Ukrainian refugees

A part of the couple’s £ 4.7 million home could be turned into an annex for Ukrainian refugees

The source added: ‘Carole talked about wanting refugees to feel they have their own space in their home and talks about the logistics of how it all works. There are a few conversations about this, back and forth.

‘Carole suggested that she and some of those who housed refugees meet, to get to know each other and because she wants to find a way to take in refugees herself. She is very philanthropic and wants to be known for her charitable nature and also her business. ‘

It is thought that one option being considered is to convert a seven-bedroom living room at Bucklebury Manor into separate accommodation for a family fleeing Ukraine.

However, there are still safety issues to consider, given the regular visits to the property by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.

Carole and Michael (also pictured at Wimbledon) are thought to be consulting with friends

Carole and Michael (also pictured at Wimbledon) are thought to be consulting with friends

“Carole does not have many outbuildings and Kate’s security will remain in the main house when they arrive, so she will have to find a way to make it work that is safe,” said a Bucklebury villager. Carole is very popular here and she has done wonders for the community and for the family farm. It’s a real tour de force. ‘

Mrs Middleton, 67, who founded the company Party Pieces in 1987, is already involved in Bucklebury Farm Park, a zoo owned by her son-in-law James Matthews – daughter Pippa’s husband – which provides free access to Ukrainian refugees.

The source added: ‘Carole is looking for other ways to support some of the refugees while arranging the logistics for taking care of their home.

“She was looking to organize a fundraiser or a village social event for refugees that could take place on the farm.”

Former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host Chris Tarrant spoke in May about recording three generations of a Ukrainian family. He said, ‘I love her. [The grandmother] does not speak English at all. She just holds up the thumbs for me and goes, “Safe.”

Daughter Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, met boys and girls at SW19 yesterday

Daughter Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, met boys and girls at SW19 yesterday

‘The mother of the little girl, she’s about 30 and she speaks good English, and the little girl just gurgles in Ukrainian, I think, but she’s ten months old, she’s just about to walk. She just has a normal life and you think, “What could have happened if she had stayed behind?” ‘

William and Kate have also expressed support to refugees fleeing the Russian invasion.

The duke toured a Ukrainian cultural center in West London in March, saying: ‘Everyone is horrified by what they see … for our generation it is very strange to see this in Europe.

‘We’re all behind you. We think of you. ‘

The government launched the Homes For Ukraine scheme in March after the war began to apply to people willing to provide accommodation with refugees.

The Home Office says some 62,000 Ukrainians have been housed so far, but many families have complained about excessive bureaucracy.

The Middletons declined to comment last night.

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Kate Middleton’s parents plan to welcome Ukrainian refugees to their £ 5 million home in Berkshire

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