Kate Middleton and her double tufts of hair in body sacks, Prince William and porkpie Prince George, have been living in Medieval squalor at their Kensington Palace apartment. With no running water and tons of asbestos infiltrating their happy home, the repairs on the palace are reportedly going to cost UK taxpayers nearly £4 million.

These aren't the first repairs made on the royal trio's abode. Before little man-baby George was born, renovations were made to the tune of £1 million, causing a polite uproar among Brits everywhere.

As Carole Malone wrote in an op-ed last year for The Mirror:

Buck House insists these grand ­palaces have to be maintained and held in trust for the nation. Really? So when was the last time any of us were invited to any of the private royal residences for tea and a digestive?

Quite! But spokespeople for the upcoming renovations stand by their decision to make the Plebeian people pay for the upkeep of a house they'll never live in.

Via BBC News:

"We also had to take into account the fact that Kensington Palace is a scheduled ancient monument, and all elements of the refurbishment had to be agreed with English Heritage.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid privately for all the internal furnishings, including carpets and curtains.

"They were also at pains to ensure that the specification is not extravagant."

Their house was last renovated in 1963 and the official details and costs of the fix-up are to come next week.

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