The coronation of King Charles III has brought the leading man to face a series of family problems he has been grappling with for some time, and one of them involves his awkward brother, Prince Andrew, who refuses to leave his home the Royal Lodge.
According to reports from the ‘Daily Mail’, Charles has cut the €285,000 annual allowance that the late Queen Elizabeth II granted Andrew, which means he cannot maintain his residence, at the Windsor estate.
Prince Andrew refuses to leave the house
Charles intends for Andrew to vacate the property so that in the future it will be Prince William and his family who will inhabit it. However, Andrew refuses to leave the house that has been his home for more than two decades and where he lives with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. The idea is that both move to Frogmore Cottage, Prince Harry’s former home.
According to sources close to Andrew consulted by the ‘Daily Mail’, the Duke of York is desperately seeking a face-to-face conversation with his brother. Friends of the prince indicate that he is adamant and “refuses to give up” Royal Lodge. They also claim he is despondent and has become reclusive after stepping back as a top royal due to his association with Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire pedophile.
An anonymous source close to the prince explained his concern: “He is so fragile. He’s refusing to see anybody. This has been his family home for the past 20 years. Is it really sensible to kick him out? He’s concerned that now the Coronation is over, the knives are out. He’s worried that the Royals might even turn off the utilities to get him out of there. But we’re dealing with human beings, not real estate”.
Frogmore Cottage was left vacant after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to California. Negotiations over Royal Lodge, which began during the late queen’s reign, continue and Andrew is frustrated that talks are taking place between officials rather than between siblings. His friends suggest that he might consider a compromise agreement if Charles agrees to talk to him face to face and address the situation decently.
“If Charles wants Andrew to play ball and help the family through these difficult times, aren’t there better ways of going about it? ‘Why not do the decent thing, sit down and talk? ‘If they need the house for William, perhaps Andrew should be told. Perhaps William should invite his uncle for tea and explain”.
People close to Andres emphasize that there are real people at the heart of this conflict and call for decency and understanding in this delicate situation.