Royal island for sale
The island where Prince William and Duchess Catherine enjoyed one of their first holidays together has been reduced in price from £17million to £15million.
The future king took his then-girlfriend – who was then known as Kate Middleton – to uninhabited island of S’Espalmador, which is part of the Spanish Balearic Islands of Formentera, in 2006 and they enjoyed a relaxing time there.
But now the owners have slashed the asking price by £2 million in the hope of allowing local authorities to buy it and keep it in public hands.
It is currently owned by Catalan architect Norman Cinnamond and his sister Rosy, who are the grandchildren of British man Bernard Cinnamond, who bought it in 1932.
Cinnamond said: “It would be the most appropriate thing to be able to preserve the island in the way it deserves to be.”
William and Catherine visited the island in September 2006 on a day trip from nearby Ibiza, where they were staying at the mansion of Kate’s Uncle Gary.
Speaking about their time there, Gary – brother of Kate’s mother Carole – said: “We organised a whole itinerary for them, including going over to a neighbouring island on a boat.
“They’ve got mud baths and they were all rolling in the healing muds, which they thought was great fun although it was particularly smelly.
“Back at the house a friend of mine was teaching William how to mix on the DJ decks and he performed to the whole family as they swam. Kate’s mum Carole told me afterwards they had a brilliant time.”