The $1-million luxury villa in the Bel Air neighborhood of Toronto that the Prince William and Kate Middletons are considering for their vacation has become the center of a global scandal.
The mansion, dubbed the Princess Royal, was built in the early 1980s for Prince Charles, who was living in France at the time, but it has since been sold to the Queen and her sister, Kate, for $9.9 million, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.
A royal spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the family was not aware of the palace sale.
The palace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It’s not clear how much of the $9 million has been paid off, or how much the royals will get in benefits.
The royal spokesman said the documents did not identify who paid for the sale.
The palace was originally listed on a listing website, and the listing was taken down in 2015 after it was identified as a fake.
In December, the estate agency where the mansion was purchased, OMB International, said it was “looking into whether the listing has any validity.”
Omb International spokeswoman Emily Smith said the company’s “business is not affected by the sale.”
In a statement, the family said it had no knowledge of the listing and that it would “continue to cooperate fully with our lawyers and regulatory authorities.”
The palace has attracted attention because of its proximity to the iconic skyline and because of the high price.
A former U.S. ambassador to the U.K. said he was aware of several private homes in Bel Air that were on the market for as much as $1.5 million.
“If they were going to buy a house that they could afford to, they should do it in the country,” Michael Kennedy said.
Kennedy, who now lives in Sydney, Australia, said he could not comment on the palace because he has no direct knowledge of its value.
“But I would think they’d be able to afford a little bit of luxury,” Kennedy said in an interview.
Some of the properties listed on listing websites are known for being expensive, like the Bel-Air mansion and a $6 million home in Malibu, California, that was listed for $2.5 billion in 2016.
Other homes listed for the same price include a $5.5-million mansion in London, Britain, and a villa on the French Riviera, which sold for $3.9 billion.
The former U,S.
Ambassador to the Bahamas said he would be interested in the new royal residences.
“There are a lot of properties in Bel-air that would be a great addition to any of the Royal Ballets of Paris and London,” Kennedy told AP.
This property has not been listed on real estate websites, but OMB has said it has not reviewed the property and is not involved in the sale, a spokeswoman said.
The family is seeking to settle in Canada because the United Kingdom’s tax code is much simpler than those in the United States, she said.
The current residency rules in the U,K., are based on the U-turn rule, which allows wealthy foreigners to buy property in the name of a country and keep it there for tax purposes.