When the Duchess of Cambridge was in her 20s, and before she became a member of the royal family, she lived in a flat located in Old Church Street in Chelsea, London, with sister Pippa.
She then moved out when she married Prince William in April 2011.
Kate and Pippa’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, bought the house for £780,000 in 2002 and sold it for £1.88million in September 2019.
The property featured three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room, dining room and kitchen.
The Duchess and Pippa’s apartment featured a very elegant and classic décor, which according to Director of luxury interiors Juliette Thomas, completely matches the sisters’ personality and style.
“It’s quite a safe design choice but is very homely. The soft cream wall and oatmeal carpets with well thought out lighting scheme give it a feeling of cosiness and calm. The red wine chenille sofa and handmade Moroccan rug give it character and a touch of the exotic,” commented TV Celebrity Interior Designer Steph Briggs.
“The style is classic, which very much matches their personal clothing choices and their love for wearing items they’ve already worn before,” Juliette said.
Celebrity Interior Designer Steph Briggs believes the flat’s style is “just like Kate.”
“It’s a classic high end sitting room design – nothing too outlandish or outrageous. Calming and stylish – just like Kate.”
Both interior designers agreed the decoration of the property evokes their country lifestyle growing up.
“The style of Kate & Pippa’s former flat has a timeless, country feel. Not typical of modern London apartments, the décor nods to their rural upbringing. Having been brought up in the charming village of Bucklebury, many of the items used to furnish the interior may well have been passed down from the family home,” Juliette explained.
“The flat is decorated in a classic English country style, elegant and timeless – it’s Kate’s signature style,” Steph commented. “The textures and colours of the soft furnishings make it tactile, making it a cosy retreat from busy city life.
“A shrewd investment by the Middleton’s,” he concluded.
But how was their life like in their charming London flat?
The flat suggests they had “a safe, warm, homely and cosy” space in the middle of their busy London life before “settling down with their partners,” explained Juliette.
“The apartment is welcoming and would have provided the sisters with a comforting home from home space.
“It needs some modernising though, the sofas could do with being updating and we’re not sure how old the ceiling fan is!” she commented.
However, it is believed the sisters had a great time living together in the capital. After Kate and Pippa moved out in 2011, the flat was put up for sale for £1.95million and sold a year later for £1.88million.
After seeing pictures of the interior, many potential buyers were left astonished at how similar the flat looked to Kensington Palace.
Some even claimed the sisters had tried to recreate the living room of the royal residence.
Interior designer Juliette explained: “Although the interior is classic and homely, the interior of Kensington Palace is much more regal than the flat. Adorned with neutral and a regal pop of red on the floor, the apartment has an upmarket feel, but one isn’t as formal as the interior of Kensington Palace.
“We suspect that the similarity is down to similar classic country taste, rather than a deliberate attempt to recreate Kensington Palace in one’s living room!”
Now, the Duchess of Cambridge lives with Prince William and their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, in Kensington Palace while Pippa still lives in Chelsea in a £17million mansion with husband James Matthews and their children Arthur and Grace.