RESIDENTS in Windlesham could soon be rubbing shoulders with royalty if reports are true that the Duchess of York is looking to move there.
She is understood to be moving out of the Sunninghill estate she shares with her former husband, Prince Andrew, to set up home with her daughters, Princess Eugenie, 11, and Princess Beatrice, 13.
It has been reported that the duchess is looking to move into a four-bedroom rented property in Windlesham just five miles away from her present home.
A source reportedly said: "Whether she moves to this property or another in the area is not yet known, but it will be in the surrounding area so the children can remain very close to their father.
"The move is perfectly amicable between the duke and duchess and they will remain the family unit they have always been."
Another source reportedly said properties in the village had been looked at, although no home had been finally identified specifically for the duchess and the princesses to live in.
The duchess, who is currently in Australia and is due to return to England next week, has not yet revealed whether the reported move will happen.
It is not the first time that she has been rumoured to be looking to move to Windlesham.
In 1998 the duchess was said to have been interested in a property in the village, but was beaten by another buyer.
And in 1999 the cash-strapped duchess was forced to sell a seven-bedroom mansion bought near the village for herself and her daughters because she could not afford to run it.
Birch Hall, a Grade II listed mansion set in five acres of land, was bought as a future home for her and the young princesses by their trustees.
However, the duchess did not move in and it was put up for sale at a £1.5 million asking price.
Windlesham is a much sought-after area, with houses selling for more than £2 million and two-bedroom flats fetching as much as £400,000.
Marianne Robbins, a member of Windlesham Parish Council, said villagers would welcome the duchess and her daughters with open arms.
She added: "I think it's not a bad thing, it's amazing she has stayed at Sunninghill for so long.
"She was offered a house here in Windlesham a few years ago by the Queen — Birch Hall opposite the church — but she decided it was too expensive.
"I really don't mind at all, I think it might be good for the area to have another member of the royal family. We've already got the Earl of Wessex up at Bagshot.
"I'm quite happy and I look forward to seeing where she moves to. Who knows, she may be my neighbour."