The Duke of York and his ex-wife are currently staying at the luxurious 31-bedroom Royal Lodge in Windsor while they care for the late Queen’s corgis
WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE: With the Queen laid to rest, the rest of the royal family will slowly return to their usual lives after the mourning period is over. Amidst the new structure, King Charles will review the Crown’s property portfolio early in his reign.
Prince Andrew fears he may be forced to vacate his Royal Lodge in Windsor. The Duke of York, who is currently staying at the luxurious 31-bedroom Windsor estate with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, is awaiting a letter telling him to move out of the residence, the Daily Mail reports. Specifically, Andrew has leased the property from the Crown Estate. He is also currently caring for the Queen’s corgis after her death.
Prince Andrew’s concerns about his housing reportedly stem from King Charles delivering on his promise to “streamline the monarchy”. Consequently, there will be a new review of the Crown’s vast property, including its allocation and current use. While there is no cause for concern in the immediate future, the Duke of York could then be asked to vacate the estate at some point in the future as he is no longer a working king.
The source also claims that if such a situation arises and the scandal-plagued prince is asked to leave, the crown would owe him a significant sum of money. Notably, Andrew had signed a 100-year lease on the property which, if severed, could land him claim to nearly $79,35,725 (£7million).
King Charles’ younger brother Andrew has been plagued by scandals thanks to his association with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York had launched civil proceedings in the US after one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, alleged that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17. Though he denied the allegations, the Duke and Giuffre reached a way out – court settlement for an undisclosed sum.
Prince Andrew was nevertheless stripped of his royal and military titles. Also King Charles III. and Prince William have ordered him to stay out of the public spotlight in recent years.
Andrew and Sarah bought a $2.04.21,000 (£18m) ski chalet in Verbier five years ago, according to The Sun. They were forced to sell the property after failing to pay the $56,70,575 (£5m) second installment. However, the source reports that the property has remained unsold despite an accepted offer a year ago.
Prince Andrew was apparently “under the Queen’s protection,” according to an insider. As such, it would be unseemly and “callous to kick her out so soon after her death,” the source added. However, when the 62-year-old is “not carrying out duties and rattling around a £30million mansion during the cost-of-living crisis, then it’s a horrific sight”. It is also unclear where Andrew would live if he vacated the Royal Lodge in Windsor. He had sold his previous residence, Sunninghill Park, which was a gift from the Queen after his marriage.