Where did Prince Andrew get £6.6 million to pay off his ski chalet debt last year?

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Sarah Ferguson, the York princesses and their husbands were all in Verbier after Christmas for a New Year’s ski holiday. They were staying in the “controversial” ski chalet owned by Fergie and Prince Andrew. The ski chalet has been much-discussed in recent years, because no one knows how Fergie and Andrew got the money initially to make layaway payments on the £18million chalet in 2014, and no one knows why the money ran out for payments immediately following Jeffrey Epstein’s death. The Yorks still owed £6.6 million on the chalet, and until that sum was paid to the original owner (Isabelle de Rouvre), the Yorks could not sell the chalet. In recent weeks, the sale of the chalet was being discussed as one of the answers to Andrew’s ongoing legal fiasco, as in, if he possibly settled out of court with Virginia Giuffre, he would have to use the money from the sale of the chalet. Well, here’s some good news for Andrew and I’m sure this will not lead to more questions!

Prince Andrew has settled a £6.6 million debt with a French socialite, paving the way for him to sell his beloved ski chalet to fund his alleged sex abuse case. Isabelle de Rouvre, 74, sold her house, Chalet Helora, to her then-friends Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson in 2014 for £18million.

Andrew and Fergie agreed with Ms de Rouvre that the house would be paid for in instalments. But Ms de Rouvre claimed the Yorks failed to make the final instalment of £5m for the property in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier. Initially Ms de Rouvre agreed that it could be deferred until December 2019, with interest accruing, but the pair still did not honour the agreement despite repeated demands. Glamorous Ms de Rouvre, saddened by the breakdown in trust, was forced to launch a legal battle in the Swiss courts two years ago in an attempt to recoup the sum owed to her by the Duke of York.

The Duke finally paid late last year, and Ms de Rouvre has now said: ‘The war is over. He has paid the money.’

The settlement raises questions over how Andrew raised the £6.6million he owed Ms de Rouvre – but it now paves the way for him to sell Chalet Helora and free up desperately needed cash to pay his escalating legal bills due to claims he sexually assaulted Virginia Roberts.

Ms de Rouvre said: ‘I sold it two months ago, or was it one. Maybe six weeks ago. Anyway, I sold it to the Yorks and we made an agreement. That is the end of the story thankfully. The war is finished. It is the end of the matter. I have nothing to do with it now. That’s all. I don’t know what they are doing now. They were here at Christmas but I only know that because I read it in the press. I did not see them. So Happy Christmas and that’s that. The end.

‘It was about six weeks ago that the matter was closed. It was November. It’s done. They paid the money and it was done. It is closed for me. The war is over. He has paid the money. We have a war against Covid which is more important but this was a different war. The second payment needed to be paid and that payment is now done. That’s it. You can be sure that’s it. It’s done.

[From The Daily Mail]

I’ll underline this point: Andrew had to clear his debt with Isabelle de Rouvre before he could sell the chalet, going by Swiss law. It was not a case of Andrew selling the chalet and then using that money to pay his debt and clear up her lawsuit. Which begs the question: where did Andrew get £6.6 million?

Meanwhile, sources told the Sun and the Mail that Andrew has already found a buyer for the chalet. The York vacation really was the last one at the chalet, and the Mail says a “mystery buyer” has already agreed to take the chalet off Andrew’s hands and the sale is proceeding.

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  1. Kiera says:

    So clearly the Queen paid off the chalet so he could sell it and get money to pay the legal bills so that it can’t be said that Queen is paying his legal bills.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Andrew basically did the same thing with the house, Sunninghill Park, QEII had built for him after his marriage to Sarah Ferguson and pocketed all the proceeds.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        Ah, yes, Sunninghill Park, which was sold for well over asking price to a Kazakh billionaire, who later demolished it. Makes you wonder who the “mystery buyer” of the chalet might be.

      • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

        Which was rather curiously sold for 3M over asking price…can’t imagine what a Kazakh oligarch would be doing paying over asking price for Paedo’s Ascot home… /s

      • Elizabeth Kerri Mahon says:

        And some shady businessman bought the house for more than what it was worth.

      • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

        Good to see we all were on the same page 🙂

      • Lizzie Bathory says:


    • Ainsley7 says:

      The only bill the Queen was unwilling to pay was for a settlement. At no point was it said that she was unwilling to continue paying all his legal fees. She may have helped with the debt either way though. It could be the case that Andrew wasn’t planning on paying the debt until he found a buyer. The buyer may have even been the one to pay his debt off and then paying less for the chalet or something. Otherwise, I’d find it weird that the Queen waited so long to pay the debt off when there was apparently interest involved. It’s always something shady with him though.

    • Lauren Too says:

      She will pay the legal bills because those numbers will never see the light of day, but the settlement? Yeah, those the world will definitely know, and it would be a PR nightmare if the queen were to pay millions of dollars to a human traffic victim her son raped. So yes, she probably settled the debt for the chalet and told Andy to look for a buyer in case he needs to settle with Virginia and to use the proceeds from the chalet sale.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        The queen enabled Andrew to do what he did. She should pay for damages as well. (I know the royal family doesn’t WANT the queen to have any association, so they have to hide her financial contributions — but I’m thinking she SHOULD have to pay for her part in enabling Andrew).

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Exactly! This gives her the coverage she needs so that it is not seen as her paying his actual pay out. But how convenient that his real estate seems to bounce out of trouble regarding his former homes and they all sell at above asking, and not a few measly pounds, but millions!! I am not a real estate expert but that’s quite unusual for properties that sit in the market for such a long time frame.

      Bit we can all be rest assured that PedoAndy will be set for life for when TQ passes. She knows that Chaz would leave him out in the cold. Hell, even the rage monster is still raging about him!

  2. Lauren Too says:

    Mommy dearest always opens her purse for her favorite son. I hope that Virginia gets way more than what that darn chalet is worth.

  3. Jay says:

    What’s funny is you know that the royals are already patting themselves on the back for this amateurish shell game, thinking nobody could possibly question them about exactly how broke Andrew paid for this, who the mystery buyer might be, and if any favours were promised to make this go away. I also predict the sale price will be mysteriously low, maybe just exactly the amount he’s already floated for Virginia’s settlement. They really, really think we’re stupid, I guess.

    • AmelieOriginal says:

      Oh of course, the royal family think they know how to do PR and make themselves look good in the best possible light. However just because the Queen never met or spoke to Epstein or met any of his victims doesn’t mean she isn’t guilty in a way by association. She raised Andrew (sort of) and enabled him his whole life, instilling in him the belief he is infallible and can do no wrong. I blame her in part for the way Andrew behaved because she helped mold him. No she isn’t guilty of her son fraternizing with Epstein and sleeping with underage girls. But she is guilty of putting her blinders on where he is concerned and protecting him.

      The BRF think they can fool the public and not have their shady shenanigans exposed but I don’t know why they believe this as they have had so many scandals throughout the centuries and are about as intelligent as a pile of rocks.

  4. Jais says:

    Who’s to say the queen didn’t also give some money to this secret buyer for the chalet?

    • BayTampaBay says:

      With the BRF, ANYTHING is possible. Maybe the chalet was purchased for Kate???

      I have no doubt William would love to “exorcise” Kate to Switzerland.

  5. Moderatelywealthy says:

    Betty paid it, yes, not nominally

    I can bet Betty´s will, which will be sealed for 100 years no doubt, wil have an stipulation that she forgive Andrew any debts regarding the money she borrowed him to sell this chalet AND will leave enough money for him to buy a new one. Then he will move to Switzerland for mostof the year, just returing to England for some months to retain citzenship.

    Andrew knows how to play her. Charles renegading on the agreement regarding the Duke of Edimburgh title going to Edward just helped Andrew behind the scenes IMO.

    Charles will get everything that he is supposed to get as the heir( which is lot) and nothing more.

    Any news regarding this chalet being sold is just for 1 ) tell Victoria or any other women coming forward there is a limit for the money they can ask and 2) make their audience believe them to be paying from their own pockets.

  6. Sofia says:

    Mummy. The answer to the questions of “How did Andrew afford x?” is always going to be mummy.

  7. C-Shell says:

    I recall reading in recent months that the Queen had advanced Paedrew the finds to pay off the chalet debt, but can’t produce the receipt. Not that there’s any question that the only way he could have paid it off is with his mummy’s £££. 🙄 I’m just glad there’s about to be money for Virginia.

  8. Cessily says:

    After legal fees I hope that she is awarded a hell of a lot more than he will make from the sale of the chalet. He is a shared owner of that Chalet with his ex according to all the articles on the property, so even if he sells it for asking she will get half of the proceeds in her name which is just another shitty way to hide assets. I hope she is awarded so much he has to sell the lease of the Royal Lodge back to mummy and become a permanent Royal squatter. (Since we know he will never face jail time even if he does someday face criminal charges, it seems like a viable solution that the Royals that protect him are stuck with him).

  9. Greenfingers says:

    Tan tan tan taaaaaan….

    Creepy Andrew horror music 🎶

  10. Andrew's Nemesis says:

    Wasn’t there a report of a shady trust fund in the Channel Islands that laundered money to Paedrew, and vice versa?

    • Jaded says:

      Yes – He is chummy with an uber-rich financier named David Rowland. Emails were found showing that while on official trade missions meant to promote UK business, Andrew was quietly plugging a private Luxembourg-based bank for the super-rich, owned by Rowland and his family. He also allowed Rowland to shoehorn meetings into his official trade tours so they could expand their bank and woo powerful and wealthy clients. He also passed them private government documents they had no right to see. To boot it all off Andrew co-owned a business with Rowland in a secretive Caribbean tax haven which was used to lure his wealthy royal contacts to invest in a tax-free offshore fund.

  11. M says:

    That statement is…super odd. Sounds like she made it while someone was threatening her. Hell they probably did. He may not have even paid for the rest; Mommie Dearest may have just twisted her arm enough to forgive the debt. Either way, these people are gross and need to go down hard.

    • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

      Very “nothing to see here, leave me alone” right? Interesting, interesting.

  12. Amy Bee says:

    The money came from Mummy, of course.

    • Becks1 says:

      100%. Is there any doubt? Now he can sell it and use some of the money to pay the settlement, and the Queen keeps her hands clean (as far as the public is concerned anyway) of this whole “mess.”

      That’s IF Virginia takes a settlement.

  13. Seraphina says:

    This is the problem with monarchies – members will do as they please because they know the money they have access to will protect them. It’s a free pass through life.

  14. jferber says:

    Mummy paid the $6.6 million and then either bought the $18 million chalet herself and got a close friend of the monarchy to put his/her name on the deed or got that friend to shell out the $18 million for who knows what royal favors. Yeah, they’re dumb and think the world is even dumber.

  15. Jais says:

    Slightly of topic but I saw Lorraine talking about this with Russell Meyers and was legit shook over the pronunciation of chalet. I’ve always pronounce it as chal-ay, as in the end part rhymes with yay. But they were saying it as in chal-lee, rhyming with alley. I had to hear them say it a few times in context before I even knew what they were talking about.

  16. Mslove says:

    It’s incredible to me that this rapist & his family are able to get away with this with no repercussions, while taking hard earned money from the taxpayers. And you know they’re probably laughing at how stupid the pheasants are. Seriously. How the public can celebrate Kate and turn a blind eye to Andrew’s crimes is sad and confusing to me.

  17. Gewels says:

    Never understood Andrew not settling long ago. Do a deal for 2/3 mill and be done. You can settle without admitting culpability. Now he’s in the press, ruined rep and he’s going to lose probably. Was it really worth it?

  18. Athena says:

    I stand corrected, I was wrong yesterday when I commented on the Verbier trip being a mistake. It wasn’t a mistake for Fergie and the York girls to go there, it was a deliberate PR stunt, with the trip well documented with a lot of pap pictures. It was to spin the story about how Andrew is selling it to pay his legal bills and take the attention away from the fact that the queen is paying, which by the way they put out there themselves.
    The royal PR is such a clown show. For all their money they can’t seem to attract professional people.

  19. Over it says:

    Mummy comes riding in on her horse to save her favorite son neck once again. I love how the woman was like I didn’t see them so it was a happy Christmas for me because I got my money and didn’t have to see any of these grifters.lol

  20. A says:

    The fun thing about Sarah Ferguson and Prince Pedo is that it doesn’t even have to be his mom’s money! He’s probably in touch with the Saudi guy that got his brother in trouble a couple months ago. Or maybe he saved the phone number of that Kazakh businessman who bailed him out of his house in England. Or Fergie could find another shady man to shake down. Or, speaking of Fergie, she could try to sue another newspaper for ‘loss of earnings’ when they expose whatever horrendously immoral grift she’s got going on now. Or she could go back on TV and tell more poor people to eat some vegetables, surely that would net the couple a few quid. Or Andrew could volunteer for medical experiments on his adrenal gland.

  21. RoRo says:

    I’m guessing the queen paid it off or whatever inheritance he got from Prince Philip paid it off.

    • Marjiscott says:

      It was reported (here? I believe) that Prince Phillip’s Will did not leave any money to Andrew.
      Also Charles, but for different reasons …..

  22. caro says:

    The weird thing is them thinking we don’t get what is going on. Its like they are inbred or thick or something…
    Anyhow – on the subject of mumsy’s jubilee and her request to us plebs here in the UK to come up with a new pudding in celebration – here’s one that is very relevant to Randy Andy – as the British press used to call him in days of yore… https://youtu.be/4Yeor8MB11s enjoy 🙂

  23. Julia K says:

    I really hope Fergie did not shake down her 2 new son in laws, either for the cash or have them take out loans to pay off this debt. She has no pride.

  24. Agreatreckoning says:

    This is from September (don’t know how accurate it is). It implies they found a buyer and the debt would be paid with the selling of the chalet. It’s possible Fergie & co. went there this last time to say bye to the place. Mummy helping out is always in play with Andrew though.

  25. Wrin says:

    From his mama…he doesn’t have a job.

  26. Concern Fae says:

    If Andrew is quietly announcing that he found a buyer, my assumption would be that the 6.6M was part of the down payment, with the chance for one last vacation a part of the contract. These are the sorts of people Charles is forcing his family to have shady financial dealings with because of his own petty skinflintedness.

  27. AmB says:

    Just so I’m clear here – is it done? Is the war over? 😉

  28. blunt talker says:

    This predicament happened because Andy’s parents neglected to help him especially after his marriage and children were born-parents know when something is not quite right with their own children-this has gone on for decades and his parents looked the other way instead of getting him help-they bare some responsibility for his actions or mental sickness-Two main reasons he was not caught much earlier-his mother being queen of the UK/extreme wealth of the royal family-Andy needs to pray for mercy from God for the harm he has inflicted on these young girls.

  29. phlyfiremama says:

    Hint: ultimately, the taxpayers.