Prince William’s private net worth, meanwhile, has skyrocketed to over $1.3 billion across 23 counties, including farms, castles and more
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: The new Prince of Wales has become the largest private landowner in Britain since he inherited the vast, staggering 130,000-acre Duchy of Cornwall from his father, the new monarch, King Charles. However, the 73-year-old monarch has no shortage of living space and is said to own at least nine prominent palaces. Prince William’s private net worth has now grown to more than $1.3 billion across 23 counties, including farms, housing developments, seven castles, forests, shorelines and commercial properties, and it’s now thanks to the 685-year-old private estate he inherited from his get father.
King Charles isn’t far behind his son either, as he owns a decent portfolio, either direct from the Queen, which includes Balmoral and Sandringham, or as part of the Crown Estate, such as Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle. He previously owned Birkhall on the Balmoral estate, inherited from the Queen Mother; Dumfries House and Castle of Mey, the Scottish landmarks of his foundation; and two Romanian loopholes. Read on to learn more about the Prince of Wales’s holdings.
The oval cricket ground
England is famous for inventing many global sports such as hockey, soccer and cricket. In September 1880, the country also hosted its first international Test cricket match at this cricket ground. The Oval Cricket Ground was originally a cabbage patch and nursery. Since then, the last test match of the English season has traditionally been played there. Prince William has now taken over the new ownership of this prestigious and historic cricket ground.
Nestled on a rugged headland in Cornwall, Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of King Arthur, dates back to the 5th century. As well as Tintagel, the Prince of Wales also owns Launceston and Restormel Castles and 270 ancient monuments including 12th-century Lydford Castle in Devon, Maiden Castle in Dorset and the ruins of Berkhamsted Castle in Hertfordshire.
The Prince of Wales also owns the famous, or rather infamous, Dartmoor Prison, a Category C prison where notorious inmates such as London gangsters Frank “The Mad Axeman” Mitchell and Jack “the Hat” McVitie spent much of their time. The prison currently holds 640 prisoners. Prince William also owns 70,000 acres in Devon.
The Prince of Wales single-handedly owns 4,300 acres of managed woodland, including 2,200 acres in Cornwall. Wood is one of the essential components used to manufacture lintels, window frames and joists for restored properties. Wood chips are collected to smoke locally produced food. In the UK, Greenscombe Wood in the Tamar Valley is one of only four places where the rare heather fritillary can be found.
Prince William is also believed to own his father’s Welsh home in Llwynywermod, near the Brecon Beacons. King Charles and Camilla often visit The Farmhouse, a 192-acre estate with two cottages.
Category C prison
Prince William’s assumption of the duchy means he is the new owner of the Highgrove estate near Tetbury. It also gives him the opportunity to demand the rent of the 18th-century house from his father. The Prince of Wales has apparently worked hard to restore his garden, which has been a significant passion project for him. He keeps bees there and sells jars of their honey for $25 a pop.
Prince William owns Tregurra Park in Truro, Cornwall, including a Waitrose shop, a household waste recycling center and a 1,379-space car park.