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The will keep 24-hour bodyguards on duty.
Palace sources tell the press that the couple think that sharing their home with servants would ruin the intimacy of their relationship. The prince and his bride will "look after themselves" until he finishes his three-year tour of duty as a RAF Search and Rescue pilot.
A royal source said, "It's very much their instinct to manage on their own. They want to do their duty and make sure they are a real asset to the country but they are private individuals who want to get on with their lives.
"Prince William is not into extravagance and, like any other young officer in the armed forces, that is how he chooses to live his life. He and Catherine live without domestic staff and they wouldn't do it any other way. That's the life they want to lead.
"The Prince is committed to his career at RAF Valley until 2013 and he wants his wife by his side during that time."
During their courtship Prince William and Kate Middleton have been spotted running errands at the local supermarket.