With the popularity of Netflix’s historical drama “The Crown,” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal tell-all with Oprah Winfrey, and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s turn as vloggers, the British royal family remains a prominent source of interest. “The Crown,” specifically, gives viewers an intimate glimpse into a historically private family, offering dramatizations of Queen Elizabeth II and co.’s lives — and most importantly, their grandiose estates. UNCLE, a UK-based rental company, recently released a study that answers a question we’ve all wondered: how much would it cost to live in these royal homes?
Spoiler: a lot. Using floor plans of properties in close proximity to the royal residences to estimate an average rental cost per square meter, UNCLE calculated monthly rental costs. No surprise here, but Buckingham Palace would be the most expensive property to rent. With a whopping 775 rooms, prime London location, and estimated 77,000 square meters, the Queen’s main residence (and administrative offices) would cost over £2.5 million (about $3.5+ million USD) per month.
The second most expensive property would be St. James’s Palace, also in London, residence of Anne, Princess Royal. While the number of rooms is unknown, monthly rent is estimated at over £1.7 million (about $2.3+ million), based on its approx. 16,482 square meters. The third most expensive property would be Windsor Castle, the Queen’s weekend home in Windsor. While there are over one thousand (yes, one thousand) rooms and an estimated 53,00 square meters, it’s priced less than Buckingham Palace at an estimated £1.3+ million a month (about $1.8+ million) due to its location away from the city.
For estimates on more popular royal estates, read on below.
Location: Kensington, London
Royal residents: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Estimated property area: 2,785 square meters
Estimated rental per month: £175,697 (~$245,527)
Location: St. James’s, London
Royal residents: Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Estimated property area: 1,552 square meters
Estimated rental per month: £87,799 (~$122,694)
Location: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Royal residents: Queen Elizabeth II
Estimated property area: 7,242 square meters
Estimated rental per month: £82,200 (~$114,870)
Location: Windsor, England
Former royal residents: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Estimated property area: 706 square meters
Estimated rental per month: £17,650 (~$24,664)