Could Prince William and Kate Middleton's first home be a green wedding present from Prince Charles?

The newly engaged couple is set to wed next year, but as recently as 2006, rumors were swirling that the Prince of Wales was constructing a sustainable mansion for the couple's first years together. 

The 8,500 square-foot, two-story home would feature solar-powered heating and insulation made of sheep’s wool. It would also include five bathrooms, a dressing room, a grand dining room, a tree garden, and a hall lined with Greek columns.

The location? Harewood Park in Herefordshire — a 900-acre estate that Prince Charles scooped up in 2000 and, over the past decade has spent millions sustainably renovating the various, centuries-old structures on the property. 

While a spokesperson for the prince said in 2006 that the construction of the home was for rental purposes only, other news sources such the UK Daily Mail believe otherwise, saying the property is fit for a future king

Time will tell. Right now, there's very little happening in Harewood Park that we can show you — but with wedding bells ringing, I wouldn't be surprised if ground is broken on the new residence this spring. Stay tuned as we discover more on this potentially epic green wedding gift. 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

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