Inside Prince Andrew's 30-room Royal Lodge home he 'refuses to leave' after King Charles 'cut him off'

Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on June 15, 2015 in Windsor, England.
King Charles has ordered Prince Andrew to leave Royal Lodge but the Duke has refused -Credit:Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool /Getty Images

Inside Prince Andrew's dilapidated residence that he is reportedly 'refusing to relinquish'.

Netflix has released a new drama, based on one of the most embarrassing chapters in Prince Andrew's life - his disastrous Newsnight interview back in 2019, reports the Mirror.

Titled Scoop, with a star-studded cast including Gillian Anderson, Billie Piper, and Rufus Sewell, it explores how the team secured the interview with the Duke over his associations with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Upon sitting for an intense 45-minute grilling with Emily Maitlis regarding allegations of sexual assault - that he has vehemently denied - and his links to Epstein, Andrew anticipated it would clear his name, but instead, it ended up ruining his reputation.

Following the backlash, he quickly withdrew from Royal duties, admitting that the scandal became a "major disruption" to the monarchy and he hasn't fully returned to the public scene since.

The royal's stay at Royal Lodge within Windsor Great Park is also under scrutiny, amid reports that King Charles wishes his younger sibling to vacate the enormous 30-room manor in favour of a less extravagant abode.

Prince Andrew, who signed a 75-year lease for Royal Lodge in 2003 and resides there with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, has been the subject of speculation since early 2023 about King Charles's alleged wish for him to vacate the property.

It is understood that Charles even offered Andrew Frogmore Cottage, the recently refurbished former residence of Meghan and Harry in the UK, reports the Mirror.

The King's push for Andrew to downsize aligns with reports that he has slashed Andrew's £250,000 yearly stipend previously provided by Queen Elizabeth II.

The upkeep of the expansive 98-acre Royal Lodge estate, which reportedly needs around £2 million in repairs, could be out of Andrew's financial reach without this allowance, leading him to allegedly tell friends about his predicament.

Royal Lodge, a Grade II listed building dating back to the 17th century, became Andrew's home following the death of the Queen Mother, its previous resident.

There's chatter that Prince William and Princess Kate are interested in the property as they currently reside in Adelaide Cottage, a smaller abode on the Windsor Estate.

Prince Andrew and King Charles
Prince Andrew is said to be 'digging his heels' at the Royal Lodge -Credit:Getty Images

Despite this, Andrew is said to be "refusing to budge".

Insiders claim Andrew's stance is firm: "As far as he (Andrew) is concerned, he isn't moving. He can not be any clearer. He's not going to leave and move into another property, he has a lease, he's spent millions on doing the place up and doesn't want to move. Whoever is behind this would have to drag him out and that clearly isn't going to happen."

Prince Andrew is said to have paid just £250 a week for the property and made it clear that as his lease is with the Royal estate and not King Charles, he will not be breaking it.

Over the two decades he has lived there, he is understood to have spent over £7 million on upkeeping and repairing the mansion and has told the King in "no uncertain terms" that he intends to stay.

Even when urgent roof repairs needed to be undertaken, Andrew was reportedly hesitant to leave the property in case he was unable to return.

"It's become farcical," a source told MailOnline about the stand-off, "Andrew has roof repairs scheduled later this summer which will take several months to complete and has been advised that staying in the house during those renovations could prove problematic. But he is reluctant to leave."

The dispute went so far that a source even told the Mail on Sunday, that Andrew was last year "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."

The seven-bedroom, £30 million mansion sees Fergie and Andrew each occupying a wing, and was also the setting for Princess Eugenie's wedding reception in 2018.

It boasts a "Gothic drawing room, which occupies the heart of the house; a grand saloon with sage green panelling, soaring ceilings, vast oils depicting the surrounding park and acres of worn Persian carpet, where history hung like an invisible mist," as described by The Telegraph.

Photographs of Fergie are scattered throughout the property, showcasing "a shrine-like devotion to Sarah."

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