Now that the 18-month renovation of London’s Kensington Palace is finally complete, Prince William and Kate Middleton can settle into family life with baby George in home that is finally free of asbestos.
According to US Weekly, the newly redone Apartment 1A contains such luxurious amenities as two nurseries for Prince George, his and hers bathrooms for Will and Kate, a Wi-Fi connection that’s encrypted, and a panic room. While such niceties were a part of the renovation of the 20-room apartment, much of the work was focused on infrastructure updates such as the removal of large quantities of asbestos.
The removal of asbestos from Kensington Palace is also a reminder that many homes in both the U.K. and the U.S. were built with materials that contained asbestos. Asbestos was a popular additive to building materials during the 20th century due to its strength and ability to resist heat.
However, renovation and construction activities can damage or disturb asbestos-containing materials. If this happens, asbestos fibers can become airborne. If the fibers are inhaled they can lodge in a person’s lungs and cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma, an incurable cancer.
Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. In the U.S., 3,200 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year.
Like any new parents, Will and Kate want to raise their child in a healthy environment. No family, whether living in a palace or a cottage, should be exposed to the dangers of asbestos.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact Sokolove Law today for a free consultation.