The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s West London home is among many royal residencies rumoured to be haunted by former inhabitants. According to royal biographer Andrew Morton the Cambridge’s home, Apartment 1A – where Prince William and Kate Middleton live with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis – is a “notorious spot for ghost sightings”.
The historical palace where Queen Victoria was born and raised in her early years, is said to be frequently visited by the ghost of her aunt, Princess Sophia.
After being blind for 11 years, the Princess suffered an illness that led to her death in 1848 at Kensington Palace.
Prior to this, Sophia was a talented seamstress in her youth and she spent much time on her spinning wheel before her death.
After she died, stories emerged of members of staff hearing her spinning wheel in action as they worked.
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Also, in the 1970s, a housekeeper said they caught a glimpse of an elderly woman wearing a gown typical of the era Sophia lived in.
According to Princess Margaret’s official biographer, Christopher Warwick, her housekeeper Mrs Mac saw a figure of a woman in ‘Regency dress’ standing in the Drawing Room.
On another occasion, when the rooms on the top floor were used as staff accommodation, Mrs Mac and John, Princess Margaret’s butler, were both woken up by a scream during the night but were the only people in Apartment 1A at the time.
According to historian Lochlan Mcclelland, Prince Louis’s nursery at Kensington Palace is haunted by a character called ‘Peter the Wild Boy’.
During the days of King George II, a man named Peter was found by the King walking the narrow hallways of the palace.
Peter had a rare disease called Pitt Hopkins which causes severe facial abnormalities.
After Peter died in the palace his ghost was rumoured to haunt the King’s staircase, and allegedly does to this day.
The spookiest ghost story is that of King George II who died in 1760.
Towards the end of his reign, Britain was immersed in the Seven Years’ War.
Due to this, it is rumoured his spirit hangs around the palace crying, “Why won’t they come,” referring to why he had not heard from his troops.
George II’s last words reportedly were: “Why won’t they come.”
Among the royal residencies, Kensington Palace is not the only home rumoured to be haunted.
Hampton Court Palace in Richmond, the former home of Henry VIII, is allegedly haunted by the ghosts of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, the two wives of Henry VIII who were beheaded.
The site is home to the infamous Haunted Gallery, where reports of strange noises and sights have emerged.
In 1871 two male skeletons were unearthed underneath a cloister in Fountain Court, according to Historical Royal Palaces.
Visitors to Henry VIII’s royal home continue to emerge with stories of weird sightings after their tour of the ancient building.