Prince Andrew faces his electricity turned off unless he vacates Royal Lodge
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Prince Andrew fears his family could turn off the power and water to get him to move out of Royal Lodge. Andrew is reportedly refusing to leave the £30million (€34m) Windsor home he shares with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, putting him on a collision course with King Charles.
The prince, 63, is now said to be seeking face-to-face talks with his brother.
A friend said Andrew was in low spirits and has become reclusive at the prospect of vacating his home of 20 years. ‘He is so fragile,’ said the source. ‘He’s refusing to see anybody.
This has been his family home for 20 years. Is it really sensible to kick him out? He’s concerned 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.’
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends a commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral marking the 100th anniversary since the start of the Battle of the Somme. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Evoke.ie
It is understood the Palace had initially said Andrew and Sarah must leave the mansion – which they lease – by September but officials now accept that timetable is unrealistic. The couple’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie are regular visitors.
Eugenie is pregnant and her parents expect to have their new grandchild there this summer, the friend added.
Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, the home of The Duke of York. Pic: REX© Provided by Evoke.ie
It comes after Andrew voiced fears that the king was trying to ‘evict’ him from his home by axing his £249,000 (€280,000) annual grant, leaving him unable to afford the upkeep.
Charles has reportedly let it be known that Andrew, forced to step back from royal life over his friendship with paedophile millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, should downsize to Prince Harry’s former home, Frogmore Cottage.
Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York (R) and Lindsay Wallace (L), partner of Peter Phillips (unseen) attend the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle in Windsor. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Evoke.ie
It is understood Royal Lodge has been earmarked for William and Kate and their three children. Andrew stopped receiving public money when he stepped down from royal duties in 2019.
He has told friends he feels he is being singled out as his only other annual income is a small navy pension. It is understood Charles will not leave his brother homeless or penniless but wants Andrew to use his own money for expenses. Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.