Kate Middleton’s parents plan to host Ukrainian refugees at their £5million Berkshire mansion

  • Carole and Michael Middleton are considering plans to build an extension to their £5 million home
  • Mrs Middleton was “getting advice from the villagers” about housing the refugees
  • Neighbors already providing shelter include Chris Tarrant and Lord Benyon
  • Carol is “very charitable and wants to be known for her charity”: pal

The Duchess of CambridgeAccording to The Mail on Sunday, parents want to take Ukrainian refugees into their home in Berkshire.

Carole and Michael Middleton are thought to be considering plans to build an extension on the Bucklebury village estate they bought for £4.7m a decade ago.

“Bucklebury hosts a significant number of refugees and Carol has been getting advice from villagers and looking for information on how the process has worked for others in the area,” the source said.

Among the neighbors who have already secured shelter are broadcaster Chris Tarrant and Tori politician Lord Banyon, a friend of the Middletons, who recently hosted a refugee fundraiser at his stately home.

Michael and Carole Middleton are pictured arriving at Wimbledon for the ninth day of tennis

Part of couple's £4.7m home could be turned into extension for Ukrainian refugees

Part of couple’s £4.7m home could be turned into extension for Ukrainian refugees

The source added: “Carol has been saying she wants the refugees to feel like they have their own place in her home and has been talking about the logistics of how it all works. There were several conversations about it, back and forth.

“Carol suggested that she and some of the people hosting the refugees meet to get to know each other and because she herself wants to find a way to host the refugees. She is very charitable and wants to be known for her charity as well as her business.’

One option being considered is to convert the living room of the seven-bedroom Bucklebury estate into self-catering accommodation for a family fleeing Ukraine.

However, there are security issues that still need to be addressed, 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 from Wimbledon) are believed to be chatting with friends

Carole and Michael (also pictured from Wimbledon) are believed to be chatting with friends

“Carol doesn’t have many outbuildings and Kate’s bodyguards stay in the main house when they come over, so she’ll have to find a safe way to make it work,” said one Buckleberry villager. Carol is very popular here and has done wonders for the community and the family farm. She is a real tour de force.”

Mrs Middleton, 67, who founded event supply firm Party Pieces in 1987, is already involved in Bucklebury Farm Park, a children’s zoo owned by her son-in-law James Matthews, daughter Pippa’s husband, which offers free entry to Ukrainian refugees.

The source added: “Carol is looking at other ways to support some of the refugees while she works out the logistics of accommodating them in her home.

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

The former host of the TV series “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” Chris Tarrant talked in May about how he adopted three generations of a Ukrainian family. He said: “I love them. [The grandmother] does not speak English at all. She just gives me a thumbs up and says, “It’s safe.”

Kate's daughter, the Duchess of Cambridge, meets the boys and girls at a ball in SW19 yesterday

Kate’s daughter, the Duchess of Cambridge, meets the boys and girls at a ball in SW19 yesterday

“The girl’s mother, she is about 30 years old, she speaks English well, and the girl only babbles in Ukrainian, I think, but she is ten months old, she can only walk. She’s just living a normal life, and you think, “What could have happened if she’d stayed?” ‘

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

Visiting the Ukrainian Cultural Center in West London in March, the Duke said: “Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing… for our generation it is very foreign to see in Europe.

“We are all behind you. We are thinking of you.”

The government launched the “Houses for Ukraine” program in March after the start of the war to find people willing to provide housing for refugees.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs claims that around 62,000 Ukrainians are currently housed, but many families have complained of excessive bureaucracy.

The Middletons declined to comment last night.

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