Prince Andrew fears that King Charles is trying to ‘evict’ him from Royal Lodge

Another week full of news and gossip about Prince Andrew. It’s been clear this whole time that Andrew still has many “allies” in the British establishment and in the media, and he’s also paying people to tell him what he wants to hear. “Sources” recently told the Daily Beast’s Royalist that Andrew “rues the day” he ever settled out of court with Virginia Giuffre, and he’s still playing the “we never met” game, despite photo evidence. It seems Andrew still believes he can somehow, some way, overturn the settlement and somehow get those millions “back.” You might think, hey, didn’t Andrew get a large inheritance from his parents and isn’t he blowing through that inheritance on this stupid, going-nowhere fight? You would be right, and apparently King Charles has taken notice too, because Charles isn’t going to pay for Andrew’s lifestyle much longer. From the Daily Mail:

Charles is trying to force Andrew out of Royal Lodge? Prince Andrew fears the King is trying to force him out of his £30 million Windsor home by slashing his annual grant. A furious Duke of York is telling friends that without hundreds of thousands of pounds a year from his older brother, he will be unable to maintain Royal Lodge and will have to move out by September.

Charles said it’s belt-tightening time: The Duke formerly relied on the generosity of the late Queen to support him with private funds from the Duchy of Lancaster, last reported at £249,000 a year. But it is understood that in the past few weeks all members of the Royal Family have been told to tighten their belts and to expect less money from the Duchy – now owned by Charles – than in the past. Those in the Duke’s inner circle feel that he has been targeted as his only other annual income is a small Navy pension, so he will be particularly hard hit.

A royal eviction: One friend said: ‘It feels as though his brother wishes to evict him.’ Another source said: ‘He’s not being explicitly kicked out but it’s expected that he won’t be able to afford the maintenance. Royal Lodge has a swimming pool, 98 acres of land and is already in need of some repair.’ Another friend said: ‘They’ve been told their subsidy, vital for maintaining Royal Lodge, will be cut as soon as April.’

Andrew has money from his parents though: Others point out that the Duke has received a substantial inheritance from the late Queen and Prince Philip. A source said: ‘This is about Charles telling Andrew that he can use his own money to pay for things. The same goes for other members of the family, such as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. And while there is leniency with working members of the family, who have offices funded by the Sovereign Grant, there have been other examples. Sophie and Edward’s daughter Lady Louise, for example, inherited Prince Philip’s carriage but Charles doesn’t feel like he should pay for the upkeep of the ponies to pull the carriage.’

A review of Duchy of Lancaster expenditures: Aware of public opinion, the King is said to be keen to reduce expenditure and ‘slim down’ the monarchy. Although the Duchy funds are private, he has ordered a major review of how it is spent. He is believed to have guaranteed Andrew an income – albeit reduced – and a home, and is also understood to have agreed to pay privately for the Duke’s security, estimated at about £3 million a year, after his team of Scotland Yard protection officers was axed by the Home Office.

Charles is looking at all of the royal properties: There has also been discussion of what to do with the many Royal properties. Aside from the London palaces and the Windsor estate, the King alone has Sandringham, Balmoral, Birkhall, The Castle of Mey, Highgrove and a cottage in Wales plus properties in rural Transylvania. The Mail on Sunday understands that the King has held meetings with the Prince of Wales and Sir Michael Stevens, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, about their future use.

[From The Daily Mail]

It’s still insane that QEII subsidized Andrew’s giant mansion for years while giving the Sussexes that dilapidated shack. And guess which one the media freaked out about? Anyway, I hoped that Charles would evict Andrew from Royal Lodge, but I doubt that will happen – Charles will just find some way to quietly pay for Andrew’s upkeep all while maintaining an air of performative belt-tightening.

Meanwhile, the Sun reports that Andrew has been “keeping an eye on everything Harry and Meghan have been doing in America. They have managed to set up a new working life away from the Royal Family and that is something Andrew has been following very, very closely. He is very interested in the businesses and charity side of things, rather than doing anything on Netflix.” Delusional, thy name is nonce. If Andrew steps foot in America, won’t the FBI grab him for questioning in the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell cases?

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  1. K8erade says:

    This is the one time I’m on Charles’ side if he does mean to evict Andrew, and I believe he very well might. I agree he should leave the UK too. But he won’t end up in the US, not when they still want to talk to him regarding Maxwell and Epstein. My best bet is that Charles would set him up with a nice house in Argentina and give him a yearly stipend if he agrees to never darken the Europe’s doorstep again. I can see Charles doing something like that and Argentina will ensure Andrew is never extradited.

    • Allyn says:

      Exile Andrew to the Falklands. Surely there’s some property there the Crown owns (or could buy) for Andrew. Then take his passport so he can never leave.

    • Tacky says:

      Andrew is England’s problem. He shouldn’t get dumped on another country.

    • Lauren says:

      He could join Spain’s ex-king in Bahrain. I’m sure the middle eastern royal families would be happy to host Andrew.

    • Barb Mill says:

      The only reason I don’t want Andrew evicted from the Royal Lodge is that if he is William and Kate will get it.

      • Chrissy says:

        Yup, I can see that happening. We all know that Willie needs a FIFTH property for his growing brood.

    • Elizabeth Phillips says:

      What they need to do is build a series of 3 and 4 bedroom bungalows in a complex with a shared kitchen, swimming pool and tennis courts. Their offices can all work together or they type their own correspondence and have a housekeeper each.

  2. Belt tightening time? Two new thrones and a new gold carriage. Moneys got to come from somewhere so the nonce will not be getting much money from Chuck. The nonce knows where the bodies are buried Chuck should tread lightly.

  3. ThatsNotOkay says:

    What’s Charles going yo do with all that money he’s “saving” by cutting back on other royals’ expenses and households? Give it back to the people? Ha-ha, I make myself laugh. Anyway, Andrew needs to be evicted. And then spill the remaining beans on Charles so the monarchy can crumble before y’all’s next election.

  4. Chaine says:

    Time for Lady Louise to start hitting the Fat Tuesday nursing home flapjack circuit so that she can get Charles to reverse his decision on the ponies! Earn yo keep, girl.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    The Sun should be ashamed to write that story about Andrew going to the US. They know he can’t go there because the FBI wants to talk to him. Charles has already briefed to the press that he won’t leave Andrew homeless and penniless. He will continue to maintain Andrew’s lifestyle because he’s been loyal to the family. In a few weeks time we will find out if Harry and Meghan have been kicked out of Frogmore by Charles.

    • Dutch says:

      But the passage doesn’t say about him going to America, it’s just that he’s watching how H&M have set up networks and income streams independent of the royal purse strings. That passage gives me vibes of a move to some non-extradition country and writing a tell-all memoir.

    • HamsterJam says:

      Sorry, I am just over here on the floor rolling around and laughing at the thought that anyone thinks that the Sun has a sense of shame.

      I mean these are the people that hacked phones to get stories and they had no qualms that their hacking gave hope to a murdered child’s parents that they were still alive because it looked like they were was listening to their messages when really they were dead and it was the Sun listening to their messages.

    • Truthiness says:

      I think Andrew following the Sussexes intently could be 💯 true but only because he wants to figure out new lies and manufacture rage bait. Andrew welcoming Harry back always struck me as underhanded, I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him.

    • Amybee, if he does it’s disgusting and I hope Harry demands the money back that he payed for the renovations. They made such a stink until he repaid the cost of refurbishment, so now Harry can kick up a stink until Charlie boy Repays him 2.7 million

  6. Alexandria says:

    Yeah I’ll believe it when I see it. Andrew can really go rogue on Charles, Cam and Pegs. We’ll see.

  7. Ginny says:

    Not the main topic, but this is the first I’ve ever heard of Charles owning property in Transylvania, of all places! Just did a quick Google, and sure enough…

  8. Wanderlust says:

    The timing of this Andrew article drop is very curious. Right along side the hideous dress, and attempted hand hold/ass graze from Katia. Jusstttttt when stories had started popping up on Twitter, about Willileaks interfering with the Baftas guest list.

    • Jais says:

      I think the story dropped just before we saw the gloves of doom. But I could be wrong. However, the timeline does seem to fit for it to be a distraction from the Russian Bafta inference by William.

  9. Fineskylark says:

    This is part of why I think Eugénie might be keen to move to the States. Her dad can never come visit, so it allows her to set a lot of boundaries and limits on her relationship with her parents.

  10. Emily_C says:

    How is Netflix not business?

    Anyway, Daily Heil and Rupert Murdoch, bunch of lies.

  11. Chantal says:

    C-Rex, via the tabloids, keep trying to tell Raggedy Andy to pipe down with his bs. Raggedy Andy is too stupid and vain to listen. He is however very greedy and won’t want to spend his inheritance on routine things most homeowners are familiar with – maintenance and upkeep. The thought of possibly being forced to use his own money to avoid eviction should serve as a wake up call. But it won’t. Instead, we will watch both morons play chicken and see who will cave first. Fortunately for him, Sarah bought some property so they won’t be homeless. Secrets or not, as king, Chucky is the bigger bully.

    And Raggedy Andy, keep your eyes and your azz in the UK bc the US doesn’t want you! The FBI would still like a word though…

  12. MSTJ says:

    Never take anything that institution does at face value. While their execution in the 21st century may be wanting at times they are usually playing a bigger or longer game than meets the eye. When Harry’s case comes up again in the courts, they are anticipating that some of the backend maneuvers regarding his security might be made public and be compared to the treatment Andrew received for his security and financial support which can make Charles look really bad as a parent. He needs to protect his image as the coronation comes closer and after it’s over people will ask how much the pompous pageantry cost the country. He is not on solid ground regarding his treatment of Harry as much as the royal sycophants might think; add grumblings about the coronation and he may soon be on sinking sand. Andrew is the scapegoat at the moment but he’ll be protected behind the scenes. He has too much information on KC and his Consort to be thrown to the wind.

    • Lady Digby says:

      This UK tax payer would like an explanation of why PA’s security remained in place despite stepping down from official duties in late 2019. Even now KC is picking up the 3 million tab for his security whilst not giving a rats ass about both H and M and their baby’s security being pulled from March 2020?! It is heartbreaking the difference between the cast off treatment of his own son and the indulgence of the gross brother. The court case on who gets security and why is going to be very interesting when both men’s treatment is evaluated!

      • Jais says:

        What gets me is that Harry is denied from even paying for it himself. While the press cries that celebrities can’t just buy police whenever they want. Harry is only a celebrity bc the country still has a monarchy. Kids born into it are treated like playthings for the press and the public participates in it.

      • Jaded says:

        Sir Edward Young, Chuck’s private secretary and member of the secretive Ravec group, stonewalled Harry’s idea to pay for his own security. He didn’t pass the request on to the other Ravec members, nor to the Met. He loaths the Sussexes, and this clearly has Chuck’s imprimatur on it. The lack of RPO security and the refusal to make the necessary apologies to Harry and Meghan pretty much guarantee they will be no-shows at the UpChucking.

      • MrsDarcy says:

        Jaded. “The UpChucking” is by far the best term for the events upcoming. LMAO over here!

  13. Steph says:

    He always looks like he’s burping. Why?

  14. Jojo says:

    Here in the UK this story dropped the morning after they’d all gleefully reported on SP’s H&M episode and the SS responded by immediately getting @PrinceofPegging (or something like that) trending on Twitter.

  15. Snuffles says:

    If Andrew don’t shut the fuck up and accept his fate, he’s going to get Fredo-ed.

  16. Imara219 says:

    I feel kind of sorry for Andrew’s daughters only because they were basically raised to become working royals eventually, and I believe they would have been better at it than Will and Kate; I mean not hard to do, but instead, they got to their mid-late 20s and realized their weird Ego-driven uncle would alter their life path. Royal Family Just Like (not Us) Generational Wealthy Families.

  17. windyriver says:

    Small point, but based on what Harry said in Spare, it’s probably time to retire the line about H&M being stuck in “that dilapidated shack”. He said, before they talked to TQ herself, they’d approached “the Palace”, “and we’d been offered several properties, but each was too grand, we thought.” When they asked TG for advice, she suggested FC, private, lovely, historical, told them to take a look, warned them it was currently a building site. As per Spare, “I rang Granny and said Frogmore Cottage would be a dream come true.”

    And unless H&M said it, or it’s part of the public record somewhere, the only other true thing appears to be they chose to repay the cost of renovations once they left, shortly after Archie’s birth. Anything that came via the tabloid press, like details of their lease arrangements, should be taken with a grain of salt.

    • Concern Fae says:

      I think the weird part from Spare for me was the way that there really isn’t a set up for members of the RF to live independently of their parents until they marry. That’s when a “Household” is set up for them, with a place to live and a budget for it. Charles bought Highgrove with Duchy money while he was single, but he, Andrew, and Edward all lived at Buckingham Palace until they married.

      Another way the RF ends up in terrible situations because no one ever stops to think – is there a better way we could be doing this, while maintaining what’s good about traditions. Everything keeps going along, broken, until it derails.

      • windyriver says:

        Does an earlier separate household matter? In a way, growing up in a massive castle, and between the nannies, boarding school starting from a young age, then personal aides upon return, and constantly surrounded by staff, they are living independently/separately from their parents from the outset. And then, the ultimate goal, at least what we’ve seen for those close enough to the monarch, is duplicating the surroundings they grew up in. A huge, luxurious home, surrounded by staff, with a generous income. Separate household or not, the “parents” (monarch) are still in control, since they’re the ones who dole out the money.

        What I found weird was the long list of things Harry had no experience with, that we’d consider hallmarks of growing adulthood and independence. They’re brought up unfit for any independent life, to crave the bubble, because then they are beholden to the RF. That’s where the real problem lies (compounded by any emotional damage from a lack of close relationship with actual parents). And a definite yes to your last paragraph. This is the cycle Harry saw and was determined to break bringing up his own children. For Will and Kate, everything continues as always.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Didn’t Sarah Ferguson buy a 5 million pound house in Mayfair? Who lives in that house if she lives with him at Royal Lodge? Edo and Beatrice? Andrew can move back into St. James Palace or one of the other smaller houses on the Windsor Estate. He does not need to rattle around a 30-room house by himself.

    • Jojo says:

      I did wonder when she bought the Mayfair place if she was preparing for the loss of her free digs with her ex. I think she’s seen his inevitable expulsion from that property coming for a while now.

      I hope Andrew gets given that bachelor basement flat place that Harry had to live in. Complete with the grumpy neighbour who blocks the windows with his car 😂.

    • Lady D says:

      It has been reported that Fergie cannot sell the Mayfair flat without permission from both Beatrice and Eugenie. I think maybe they put up most of the money?

  19. ML says:

    For how long have we been hearing the wailing that Paedrew will need to pay for his behavior? And yet, we’re still waiting for KC et al to take action.
    In the meantime, he should be moved from Royal Lodge into Nott Cott while they decide in which decade they intend to actually cut off his funds. And given his clothes, properties, horses, etc, there is no way anyone should be speaking about PA as if he’s basically destitute. Give me a break

  20. QuiteContrary says:

    Isn’t there a dungeon somewhere in which Pedrew can be stashed?

  21. Saucy&Sassy says:

    So, he’s eyeing the businesses and charity, huh? From what I can gather, his track record for business is dismal. I don’t think another royal needs another charity to take funds from. Part of me wants him to try this in the UK. That would be a train wreck waiting to happen. Let’s be reasonable, he’s not coming to the US and have to talk to the FBI.

  22. Scooby Gang says:

    I think C will say whatever he thinks will make him look good to the public. Behind the scenes will likely be a different story. C knows that if he doesn’t placate A, A might so happen to spill details about the RF.

  23. Anna says:

    Ugh, why does he ride with the bare curb bit and not the snaffle rein?