Prince Harry 'deeply upset' over King's decision to relocate Prince Andrew to Frogmore Cottage

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Prince Harry is reportedly "upset" over King Charles' intention to relocate Prince Andrew into Frogmore Cottage, a Royal commentator has suggested.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were bestowed Frogmore Cottage as a nuptial gift from Queen Elizabeth II and transformed the four-bedroom historical residence with a £2.4 million refurbishment.

They settled in during 2019 but vacated after their bombshell announcement to step back from Royal duties in 2020. In March last year, King Charles requested that Harry and Meghan officially relinquish the property.

Frogmore Cottage represented the Sussexes' sole remaining tie to the UK, with the couple now residing in a lavish £12 million abode in Montecito, California. However, the stately home may soon have a new occupant, as King Charles, aged 75, is purportedly pressing his embattled brother to abandon his expansive 30-room Royal Lodge in Windsor for Frogmore Cottage.

Royal expert Tom Quinn has voiced that Harry is likely displeased with this turn of events. Speaking to the Mirror, Quinn said: "However deep the rift with his father and brother, Harry always had hopes that he and Meghan might eventually be allowed to re-establish Frogmore Cottage at Windsor as their UK base."

He added: "He will be deeply upset at the prospect of his uncle Prince Andrew moving into Frogmore a very real prospect as King Charles insists that Andrew cannot continue to live at Royal Lodge, the 30-room mansion on the Windsor estate where Andrew has lived for decades."

The Duke of York found himself embroiled in scandal after his connections with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were exposed. Andrew was accused of having sexual relations with Virginia Giuffre when she was just 17, who alleges she was trafficked by Epstein and passed around his friends for sex.

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Andrew has categorically denied these allegations. In January 2022, a New York judge decided that the Queen's son would face trial over these accusations, leading Buckingham Palace to announce that Andrew would be stripped of his Royal titles. A month later, Andrew settled the civil sexual assault case brought against him in the US by Ms Guiffre for a reported £12million.

The settlement did not contain any admission of liability, guilt or wrongdoing on Prince Andrew's part. Now, according to Royal expert Quinn, the Duke of York, rumoured to have been the late Queen's favourite son, has been given his "marching orders" by his older brother.

"Andrew is furious that despite his pleas to his brother to be allowed to stay at Royal Lodge he has been given his marching order," Quinn claims. "The spat has been going on for some time. Always bullish and overly confident, Andrew was convinced that if he stood firm and continued to refuse to move his brother would give way, but now that Charles is king this is not going to happen."

Charles appears to be sending a message to his son Harry "that he will never be allowed back to Frogmore Cottage" with this move. Quinn commented: "For King Charles, forcing Andrew to move to Frogmore solves several problems at once it sends a message to Harry that, as a private citizen and no longer a working royal he will never be allowed back to Frogmore.

"It sends [a] message to Andrew that having disgraced himself, he can no longer expect to live in the grand style. And, finally, it means that a suitably grand residence can be made ready for the royals who really matter William and Kate. Charles is determined that Royal Lodge is the only residence on the royal estate at Windsor that is big enough and regal enough for his heir."

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