Prince Andrew has been granted permission to continue residing at his Royal Lodge after reaching an agreement with King Charles to fund approximately $2 million in repairs. The Duke of York has already allocated $200,000 for roof repairs as an "interim payment" and is required to secure the remaining funds for the renovation to maintain his residence.
According to a source close to the embattled royal, there has been a recent "cooling of relations" between Andrew and his brother. Prince Andrew, 63, has resided at the grand estate near Windsor Castle, just outside London, since 2003, alongside his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, also 63. The Duke had previously entered into a 74-year lease for the sprawling 30-room property.
Initially, King Charles had proposed relocating the pair to Frogmore Cottage, the former residence of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as part of cost-cutting measures. However, insiders revealed that this move was delayed due to Sarah's recovery from an extensive eight-hour mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis. A close friend of the duchess, who shares two daughters, Princess Beatrice, 35, and Princess Eugenie, 33, with Andrew, noted, "She is resting at home. It was major surgery. She’s had lots of support, both her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, are being very supportive, as is Andrew."
Currently, Princess Eugenie resides at Frogmore with her husband, Jack Brooksbank, 37, and their two children, August, two, and newborn son Ernest. Prince Andrew's public image was severely tarnished, and he was relieved of his official duties and income following a substantial settlement payment to Virginia Giuffre, 39, a victim of Jeffrey Epstein's trafficking.
Reportedly, Andrew faces challenges in covering the collective rent and maintenance expenses for the property, which is owned by the Crown Estate. However, a royal source clarified, "Charles is not chucking Andrew out, but Andrew will have to find the money to look after the property himself – and where is that coming from?"
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