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William and Kate's apartment 'required complete refit'

Royal sources have defended the amount of public money spent on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's family residence at Kensington Palace, claiming it is "not opulent".

Despite more than £4 million of taxpayer cash being used to "completely reservice" the property, the source said William and Kate were "at pains" to "bear down" the cost to the public purse.

The Cambridges have been extremely sensitive to the fact that public funds were paying for a lot of this work [...]

"It is done to a very comfortable but ordinary level."

– Royal aide

Royal household sources said the apartment had required a "complete refit" and had problems such as no running water but the spending on it was now complete.

Furniture and fittings in the home, which is understood to have around 20 rooms, were met privately by the couple.

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