The royals want their child to have a normal upbringing

Kate Middleton and Prince William are planning to renovate their new home on Norfolk’s Sandringham Estate to make it perfect for their first child.

Anmer Hall has been earmarked for the couple and they want to decorate it with ‘clean lines’ and ‘fresh colours’ while Kate, 31, has been spotted shopping at local antique markets.

‘The Duke and Duchess want to give their child and any subsequent children as normal an upbringing as possible,’ says a source.

‘They are not interested in a lavish lifestyle – they want to give their children the freedom to play and run around in the way they were able to.’

Kate and Wills, 30 – whose baby is due in July – hope to keep their hired help to a minimum but have taken steps to ensure their son or daughter will be safe.

A planning application states that a wood store will be turned into extra accommodation – thought to be for police officers – while a garage block is set to become an equipment room.

The pair will also have their driveway re-routed and new trees and shrubs planted to ensure passers-by can’t see inside their home.

‘They plan to be hands-on parents and do not want lots of servants,’ the insider tells the Daily Mirror.

‘Their main concern is privacy – they want to make sure they can enjoy family life away from the spotlight and a secluded country home is perfect.’

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