Prince Charles has $30,000 playground hut constructed for grandson’s first birthday

From left: Heir to the throne Prince Charles, the "treehouse," and George and Kate
From left: Heir to the throne Prince Charles, the “playground,” and George and Kate

A treehouse grows in Gloucestershire: the Daily Mail reports Prince Charles recently spent $30,000 to renovate an outdoor play area he originally had constructed in 1989 for his son Prince William in his gardens at Highgrove House, his private estate.

Then-seven-year-old Prince William demanded that designer William Bertram build his tree house “as high as possible so I can get away from everyone.” The outdoor domicile fit for royalty has since been renovated so that it is now “held up by slate towers,” “the trap door has been taken away.” and “a new entrance (marked by a “holly leaf-shaped door”)” was “added to the structure.”

But because it is tacky to regift real estate-related hand-me-downs, doting grandpa Charles enlisted designer Richard Lee to create a“hand-made, artisan shepherd’s hut” in the gardens, featuring a small bed and “French oak wooden floors” for Prince George’s first birthday. It took a whopping 250 hours to create.

In addition, Vanity Fair reports that the young prince also received a tea set, presumably so “George can hold proper business meetings with dignitaries in the treehouse,” and hopefully serve them Keebler cookies.