"No old hall would be complete without a ghost, would it?"
Just in time for spooky season and the upcoming season of Netflix's The Crown, People reports that Prince William was completely nonplussed upon learning about his historic home's haunted history. In fact, he embraced the fact that Anmer Hall has a few lingering guests because as he put it, it's all part and parcel of living in an "old hall."
During an appearance on the Hello! A Right Royal Podcast, aptly titled “Ghost Story Special,” paranormal historian Richard Felix explained that Anmer Hall and the larger Sandringham Estate is home to the ghost of a Catholic priest.
"When the Prince of Wales and Princess of Wales moved into Anmer Hall, it’s more or less on the Sandringham Estate, there was a ghost there of a Catholic priest that lived there and was hanged, drawn, and quartered for high treason, and for some reason, has returned to his home,” Felix shared. He also gave a little more backstory, adding some spooky details for fans of the paranormal and anyone who loves a good ghost story.
“Although he was executed in York, they’ve actually heard his voice. And they have seen the ghost of what they say is a priest, wandering around Anmer Hall."
Felix added that everyone was well aware of the haunting and history, but he also noted that Prince William wasn't scared of the haunting.
"Before the Waleses moved in, they were warned about the ghost and the comment was, I presume it was from Prince William, he said, ‘No old hall would be complete without a ghost, would it?’" the expert said.
People did a little digging and found that the ghost in question is likely the lingering soul of Henry Walpole, a Jesuit priest who was executed in 1595, according to The Tudor Society. Local legend says that apparitions of Walpole have been seen wandering Anmer Hall ever since his death.
Of course, royal fans know that Anmer Hall is where William and Kate Middleton like to spend the holidays with their children (they live at Adelaide Cottage in Windsor). Just 110 miles north of London, Anmer Hall offers an escape from royal duties and school for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. While they don't have any plans on spending Halloween at Amner Hal (yet!), the family can rest easy knowing that even without their presence, someone or something will be celebrating on their behalf on those hallowed grounds.
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