Hard-working employees at one of the city’s biggest warehouses received a right royal surprise when they discovered their landlord for the past 18 months has been none other than ... Prince Charles.
The modern architecture abhorring Prince paid £38 million for Waitrose distribution depot at Brinklow, opposite
Kingston in 2011.
But the deal between Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall estate and the Anglo Indian property owners remained secret until it was leaked in the national press this weekend.
“We didn’t have a clue until we read it in the papers,” said one employee.
“We’re really chuffed though. We always keep our building nice and smart and it’s an honour now to know it belongs to a Prince,” he added.
The modern 396,000 sq ft warehouse, formerly used by Hays, is run on behalf of Waitrose by logistics experts Kuehne and Nagel. A Duchy of Cornwall spokesman confirmed the building was purchased as a “commercial property investment.”