King Charles’ Prince Andrew headache worsens: ‘Increasingly impatient’

Eighteen months after it was first announced that King Charles had tried unsuccessfully to oust his disgraced brother from the sprawling Royal Lodge, the situation has now reportedly worsened.

Prince Andrew, who has lived in a 30-room mansion within the Crown Estate in Windsor since 2004, is said to be digging in his heels and creating discord as the monarch steps up efforts to remove him.

Insiders have reportedly dubbed the housing debacle the “Royal Lodge siege,” UK’s reported. Times.

The Duke of York, who was forced to return to official duties in 2020 due to his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is said to be unable to afford the more than $750,000 a year in maintenance costs of the “crumbling” lodge, which is understood to be falling into disrepair. into disintegration.

Palace sources recently claimed that the King – who funds Andrew’s royal life – may “reconsider the level of support he is willing to provide” if his younger brother continues to reject his offers for new accommodation.

But according to royal author Christopher Anderson, the Duke is holding out.

“Andrew is keeping his fingers crossed at the moment and maybe hoping that one of his rich friends will contribute some money,” he said Fox News.

“However, it is highly doubtful that this would work. King Charles III is growing impatient and wants to simultaneously punish his brother, show everyone who’s boss, and restore the Royal Lodge to its former glory.”

The update comes just days after Times confirmed that the king has upped the ante in his bid to get Andrew to move, possibly to nearby Frogmore Cottage, the former home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The complicated relationship between the brothers is exacerbated by the fact that Andrew is in fact still a 75-year-old tenant of the property – but Charles controls the purse strings.

“As things stand, life at the Royal Lodge is going to be increasingly cold and uncomfortable for the Duke,” a source told the publication.

“The only question now is when he will realize that he has become a prisoner of his own pride – and that the return of the keys will bring him much greater comfort and further support from his family.”

In October last year, it was reported that Charles and Andrew had struck a surprise apartment deal, with the disgraced Duke being “deferred from execution” in the face of possible eviction.

According to the United Kingdom A mirrorduring a private meeting at Balmoral, Andrew successfully pleaded with the king to grant him more time to demonstrate that the necessary funds could be raised to pay for the much-needed repairs to the vast estate.

The Lodge is reportedly asking for around £2m (A$3.8m) in renovations – and the publication reports that Andrew has already spent $380,000 on roof repairs as an “interim payment”.

For many years, Andrew’s living arrangement was made possible by an annual grant of about $500,000 paid to Andrew from his late mother’s private estate – a system that ended in April 2023 under Charles’ reign.

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