Prince Andrew facing legal proceedings over 'unpaid bill' for Swiss ski chalet

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The Duke and Duchess of York with their daughters Princess Eugenie (left) and Princess Beatrice (right) during a skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps. The Duke and Duchess were celebrating Princess Eugenie passing her Common Entrance Examination.   *  Ten-year-old Eugenie's exam success means she will now enrol at a private school near Windsor Castle. The divorced Duke and Duchess were reunited at their favourite Swiss Alpine resort and posed for photographs with Beatrice and Eugenie who is 11 next month.
Prince Andrew, pictured here in 2001 with the Duchess York and daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice during a skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps, is embroiled in a legal battle over claims he has not paid a bill for his Swiss chalet. (Picture: PA)

The Duke of York is embroiled in a legal dispute over an alleged £6.7m unpaid bill for his Swiss skiing chalet.

Andrew and his ex-wife reportedly bought the seven-bedroom holiday home in the ski resort of Verbier for £18.3m in 2014 but allegedly failed to pay off a chunk of the total sum by a deadline of December 2019.

French-language daily newspaper Le Temps said as a consequence, legal proceedings have been issued through law firm Etude du Ritz.

A spokeswoman for the Duke of York said: “We can confirm there is a dispute between the two parties in this matter. The contractual details remain the subject of a confidentiality agreement and prevent further discussion.”

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the reports.

A photo taken on May 7, 2020 shows the wooden chalet Helora, owned since 2014 by Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson in the Alpine resort of Verbier, western Switzerland. - Legal proceedings have been launched in Switzerland against Britain's beleaguered Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Le Temps Swiss newspaper reported on May 7, 2020, over money they still owe on a luxury chalet. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
Andrew and his ex-wife have owned the chalet Helora in Verbier since 2014 but reportedly failed to pay off a chunk of what they owe on the luxury holiday home. (Picture: Fabrice COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

According to Le Temps, a sum of nearly £5m was due to be paid at the end of 2019, which has since risen to £6.7m - the equivalent of around eight million Swiss francs.

It is understood that Andrew and his ex-wife had planned to sell the chalet and use the proceeds to clear any outstanding debt.

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Andrew stepped down from royal duties last year following what was dubbed a ‘car crash’ interview amid the scandal surrounding his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by Epstein, alleges the royal had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17.

Andrew, who strenuously denies the allegations, has faced calls to talk to the FBI and US prosecutors still investigating Epstein, who say the royal has declined to co-operate with them.

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