Prince Andrew hashed out a deal with King Charles to keep Royal Lodge

King Charles’s idiotic plan was hatched early this year – he ordered the evictions of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Prince Andrew from their Royal Windsor homes, Frogmore Cottage and Royal Lodge respectively. Charles’s scheme – which he happily leaked to the tabloids – was that Andrew should be downgraded and made to move into Frogmore Cottage, while Prince William and Kate would be moved into Royal Lodge at some point. The Sussexes didn’t fight their eviction and no one knows who is living in Frogmore currently (which is another story altogether). Meanwhile, Andrew “fought” his eviction and Charles ended up forgetting about it entirely. Andrew and his brother were able to hash out a “deal” at Balmoral over a month ago.

Prince Andrew has been granted permission by the King to stay indefinitely at his Royal Lodge home, after thrashing out a deal with the monarch. The disgraced Duke of York has been given time to assure his brother he can come up with the necessary funds to carry out much needed repairs on the 30 room royal mansion. Andrew and the King were at loggerheads this summer when the monarch suggested his brother move out of the property and into a smaller four-bedroom cottage on the Windsor estate, vacated by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

But now Andrew, 63, has been granted a “stay of execution”, despite his annual £250,000 handout being cut by the King and his home needing an estimated £2million in repairs. It can also be revealed Andrew had forked out more than £200,000 for roof repairs over the summer, described as an “interim payment”.

However, the Grade II listed house is in need of much more urgent repair including damp throughout the property. Royal sources have confirmed the King and Andrew met privately at Balmoral at the end of August, during a royal family gathering, where the issues were discussed. A friend of the Duke’s suggested there had been a “cooling of relations” with the King and his brother. Andrew was further buoyed by Prince William driving him to and from church during the family stay, representing a further thawing in the camp.

A source said: “Andrew’s stance has paid off. He has refused all attempts by the King to leave his home, dig his heels and the King has relented and granted a stay of execution. He (Andrew) is in agreement that the property needs repairs, for which he has already paid more than £200,000 recently to sort out the roof and has said he will make the further necessary renovations. It seems the King just wants to move on for the time being which might be a good idea for everyone.”

It is understood Andrew has not divulged how that he is intending to meet the costs for the repairs, while his inheritance he received from the late Queen is not known. The Duke has lived in the former home of the late Queen Mother since 2004 with his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.

Palace insiders believe the residence had been earmarked for the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children after their move to Windsor last summer, in order to be closer to the late Queen before her death last September. They are currently living in the four bedroom Adelaide Cottage, although it is said to be too cramped for the family’s needs.

[From The Mirror]

While Andrew and Fergie are always crying poverty, I absolutely believe they have millions stashed away in random accounts, just as I believe that QEII ensured that Andrew would have some kind of inheritance or fund to draw from after her death. So, I believe Andrew will “find the money” to make the repairs, and even if he doesn’t, Charles will just pay for it and they’ll cover it up. Just so we’re clear, Charles had this big scheme to evict two princes from their homes, both princes had valid leases and only one of them ended up getting evicted. The evicted prince was the one who committed the crime of marrying a Black woman and speaking his truth about being in an abusive family. The other prince who gets to keep his home is the rapist and human trafficker.

PS… Where oh where will the Wales family live now? Well, Kate has her separation house, so really, the question is: where is William staying? I’m starting to come around to the idea that William really did move into Frogmore.

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  1. MrsBanjo says:

    The idea that William is in Frogmore is extremely disturbing, considering his obvious obsession with Meghan. That was probably the deal the whole time with Charles for kicking both Harry and Andrew out. Andrew’s was for show so that William could quietly move into Frogmore. 🤢

    • Chloe says:

      I actually think he’s either staying at KP or somewhere in Windsor castle.

      • Becks1 says:

        We’ve heard reports that he takes the helicopter back to KP every night, so I agree that I think generally he is staying there, which makes sense if the mistress is based in London. But I’m assuming he has to stay overnight sometimes in Windsor. So maybe he does have a room or suite at the castle?

        I just feel like Charles is so petty he wouldn’t allow that. “if you don’t want to live with your wife, then divorce her.” IDK.

      • Jais says:

        Hmm interesting idea @becks1. You think Charles isn’t letting William stay anywhere else in Windsor except at Adelaide? Then it really would be cramped. I’ve been saying FC but someone would have to be paying the lease. Is anyone? Or is the crown estate just losing money every month now that Harry and Meghan aren’t paying the monthly lease?

      • Becks1 says:

        @Jais I don’t know! I honestly can see it going both ways – Charles saying “all right I wouldn’t want to live with her either” and letting him have rooms at the castle (and that could have been a BIG reason for the move, that William stays at WC while Kate stays at AC and no one can really track it) but I can also see him saying “nah, if you dont want to live with her, then divorce her, the castle is MINE.”

        But if we know he’s going back to KP most nights than it doesn’t seem to make sense that he has rooms at WC, but he must have SOMETHING bc I’m assuming he does see the kids on a regular basis, they seem too comfortable in public with him for it to be otherwise IMO.

    • Cessily says:

      It is beyond disturbing. So he evicted them and now sleeps in the Master bedroom they designed and decorated? Is the new valet there also? Sadly I also believe this is true and someone this absolutely vile and creepy is the next King.

      • Gabby says:

        Disturbing but take comfort in the fact this won’t touch Harry and Meghan anymore. FC is a symbol of what they had to give up for their freedom, like a trapped animal chewing off its foot to escape. Let’s Pegs’ rage and envy eat away at him from the inside. It will destroy him.

    • I’m afraid for what Peg will want next seeing that he wants what Harry has. As for pedo I’m sure he told big brother that I know where all the skeletons are so hands of my castle and please send food and gardeners.

      • Kingston says:

        @Susan Collins
        “……….so hands off my castle and please send food and gardeners.”
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • nona93 says:

        Spot on! No way the monarchy could survive another book on royal skeletons from the Duke of Yuck helped by ex-wife the Duchess of Pork – and he would if Charles tried to chuck him and his massive ego out of Royal Lodge. Also, if he has a lease, then surely he has plenty of justification to stay. Only problem is upkeep and that will be covered by the palace maintenance army for sure. This is all a cover-up for Charles having made a fool of himself by asking pedo to quit Royal Lodge. Now he is trying to make it look as if he is allowing his dear brother to stay on by ‘thrashing out an agreement’ when there is no way Andrew is leaving.

    • Elon's Sink says:

      My tin foil hat theory is that there is a Camilla 2.0 and this mystery woman lives in Frogmore Cottage.

    • RoyalCommoner says:

      @becks that would make sense. With 4 bedrooms, that would mean they’d have to sleep in the same room if the children have their own bedroom. No wonder wh she was crying that adelaide was too small and she needed an “office” for william.

  2. Pinkosaurus says:

    William always does want to take whatever Harry has. It hadn’t occurred to me, but the press stopped talking about Frogmore Cottage being vacant and unused so you may be right about the egg moving in without his family.

    • Jais says:

      I’ve been theorizing that William splits his time between KP and Windsor, so why not FC? It’s private, conveniently there and renovated. You make a good point @pinkosaurus. Why isn’t anyone from the rota asking about FC? Who’s going to stay there now that it’s not Andrew? What are the plans for the cottage since it was said that it can’t possibly sit empty? It’s so quiet about it that it makes it even more suspicious

    • notasugarhere says:

      William doesn’t have to be staying at Frogmore Cottage when he isn’t spending nights at KP as Jais writes. As we’ve learned in the last year, there are several homes on the Windsor estate that the monarch controls without any public/legal Crown Estate leases. Meaning nobody would know he was living in them, just as secret as him living in Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate.

      We knew about one for years – Garden House. That’s where QEII moved her cousin Margaret Rhodes for decades and Rhodes never paid rent. That house has been empty for years.

      The house QEII let AK47 have – and Charles evicted her from months ago. From the pictures, it is clear that house is sizeable and not Frogmore Cottage.

      IMO William hasn’t lived at Adelaide Cottage. Ever. When ‘they’ moved to Windsor, he given access to a ‘secret’ property like Garden House. That was already empty at that time. Or he has been given a small (1-2 bedroom) apartment in Windsor Castle proper so his being separate from Kate is hidden from the press.

    • FC says:

      I just can’t see Will living in servant quarters Frogmore when all those other houses and castles are right there. Maybe it’s Carole’s granny flat? That I could see.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Charles isn’t letting Carol(E) anywhere near Windsor, nor allowing her unfettered access to the Windsor grounds. I wouldn’t be surprised if he bans her from Sandringham either.

        William could have a small suite of rooms in the Castle proper.

  3. The Hench says:

    So a palace insider has flat-out admitted that Adelaide cottage is “ too cramped for the family’s needs.” Tsk tsk. All those stories insisting it was just right for such a humble family.

    • Tina E says:

      That line immediately stood out to me as well. If that’s the narrative they’re going with, suggests to me that some sort of change is on the horizon. Could be an announcement that the Wales family is moving into something bigger, could be something else…

    • Jais says:

      Right? So now it’s too cramped? What happened to the humble abode? Or at least what happened to the humble abode pr? Why is the palace(?) telling us that the Wales think a nice 4 bedroom house is too cramped? It makes them look bad. Are they trying to angle for another new house?

    • Eurydice says:

      Well, it is cramped if each child has its own bedroom and W&K can’t stand each other. I can’t imagine Will is sleeping on the couch.

    • Becks1 says:

      Well, you all seem to be forgetting that there is NO room for live-in staff!!! How can they be expected to live in a house where their staff have to live in the staff quarters across the driveway?!!?!?!?!!

      • notasugarhere says:

        And where the children, oh the poor royal children, have houses smaller than their peers and are embarrassed when kids come over to play. Oh the humanity.

        We’ve been hearing, from Kate and Carol(E), about how Adelaide is ‘too small’ since the moment the move happened.

    • Tessa says:

      I remember all the Kate is humble spin.

    • goofpuff says:

      I like how they conveniently forget the other mansions the Wales own. Like that cottage is their only home or something. So ridiculous. They really lean into that their readers are that stupid.

    • VilleRose says:

      If you look at pictures of the actual house, Adelaide Cottage would be considered a McMansion in the USA. Cottage is a misnomer here. It is perfectly big enough for 5 people and any regular person would look at it and ask what’s so cramped about it. They’re just used to their 20 room apartment at Kensington Palace. Or maybe William isn’t used to it but Kate grew up in regular houses so she can’t pretend like it’s too cramped.

      • Jaded says:

        It’s too cramped for a couple who clearly hate each other’s guts. They’re living apart — Khate’s got her separation house with the kids, Willnot is couch surfing between Windsor Castle and KP most of the time. CBers who live close to Windsor say there are helicopters coming and going morning and evening. I guess Mr. Environmentalist doesn’t practice what he preaches.

  4. equality says:

    RL has enough room for Fergie and Andrew to live separately. That is likely why PW wanted it. It also had enough privacy for Andrew to slip all sorts of visitors in. Andrew has the goods on KC and maybe on PW also. I wonder if Edo is willing to help him out with the repairs so that he and Bea can take over the lease some day and live in larger royal housing. It is now looking likely that PW has FC for his trysting place. It would be more private than living in WC.

  5. ML says:

    We’ve constantly Heard that KC has issues with his brother and firmly (in the future) will evict/ discipline/ disavow/ whatever him…however, we’ve also constantly Seen that KC never ever does.
    So this news is absolutely unsurprising: Of course Paedrew was never leaving Royal Lodge. CRex will verbally threaten his little brother once in a while publicly because Paedrew is not popular and it wins the king points, but really, KC has never actually done anything to hinder him.

    • Tessa says:

      I doubt Charles ever had any intention of evicting Andrew. This is all for show.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Tiger by the tail. An Andrew completely cut-off is far more dangerous to Charles than one relatively under control and housed at Royal Lodge.

      This leak reads like Charles making it clear/public to William that he’s not getting Royal Lodge. Yes, there’s things to work out. Andrew has to do the upkeep and find the money for that. But Billy Boy, you’re not getting your mitts on Royal Lodge. And no Kate/Carol(E) you’re not getting Royal Lodge as Kate’s divorce home.

  6. Roo says:

    If PWT has moved into Frogmore, or is at least using it for trysts, it just makes this whole mess even creepier. PWT and Keen are both obsessed with Meghan. Keen wants to be Meghan, and PWT wants to be with her.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    Nah William is at Windsor Castle. He’s too racist to want to live in Frogmore Cottage.

    • swaz says:

      Yes 👏 but they are not too racist to copy or impersonate them 🤣 so I totally believe that William has access to Frogmore Cottage.

  8. Alexandria says:

    These 3 and DW have dirt on each other. The most desperate will shoot first.

    • FC says:

      Totally. Andrew must have some serious blackmail on Charles (perhaps he was linked to Epstein, too?). Either way, Andy is set for life so long as he doesn’t write a book or open his mouth.

      • QuiteContrary says:

        It doesn’t even need to be Epstein. Charles has been close to all kinds of disgusting men, including Jimmy Savile and his Uncle Dickie.

  9. Becks1 says:

    Yeah, the “deal” they worked out was Andrew’s lease and any and all information he has on the royal family. the lease is why he’s staying, and the information is why Charles is paying for the repairs (which I absolutely think is going to happen.)

    and then as for this:
    “Palace insiders believe the residence had been earmarked for the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children after their move to Windsor last summer, in order to be closer to the late Queen before her death last September. They are currently living in the four bedroom Adelaide Cottage, although it is said to be too cramped for the family’s needs.”

    So lets just play along with this for a minute – the insiders really believed that one of the Queen’s last acts was going to be to kick Andrew out of Royal Lodge in exchange for William and Kate?? Or they want us to believe that? this is just more of Sophie’s “its what Philip would have wanted.” Now they’re trying to make us think that’s what QEII wanted all along, when I think we all know she was never going to make her precious Andrew move.

    And LOL at the cramped 4 bedroom cottage. We’ve all seen pictures of it. It’s not cramped. 4 bedrooms is plenty for 5 people when two are married, except of course they aren’t.

    I said a few weeks ago that I really think this talk of Royal Lodge is two things – William HATES that Andrew, Edward and Anne all have much nicer houses than he does, but he can’t do anything about Edward and Anne. He wants the best, the biggest, and right now that’s Royal Lodge.

    But the other thing is I really think this is just another massive breadcrumb from the RRs. Why would AC be too cramped unless they are separated? And if they are separated, Royal Lodge makes total sense as its where another divorced couple has lived for decades in separate wings. The RRs are pushing the RL story in a “look, its a perfect house for divorced couples!” kind of way.

    • equality says:

      Anne’s estate is privately owned so he definitely can’t touch it. He likely wouldn’t take her on anyway. Wonder how much E&S get paid and how much of it goes to maintaining and rental on their residence. Apparently they pay 90000 a year and the crown estates maintains the exterior and grounds. All they have to keep up is the interior. For this amount they get 51 acres with a 120 room house (likely 20-30 bathrooms), a lodge, stables, cottages, and probably other outbuildings. Really makes H&M look screwed over with the deal on FC.

    • Hannah says:

      The *real* architectural crown jewel is Bagshot Park (Eddie & Sophie’s home) it’s fkn gorgeous. I’ve driven reasonably close enough to it several times. It is by far the most gorgeous mansion of all the royal palaces. And is far, far grander than Royal Lodge, Gatcombe Park, and (IMHO) Fort Belvedere at Windsor and even Sandringham. Even Kensington *Palace* is the posh version of a council estate. It’s a bunch of too small, musty cottages cobbled together

      * Not knocking council estates, both my parents grew up in council estates

      • Becks1 says:

        @Hannah yes in pictures I’ve seen Bagshot looks gorgeous!! So does Gatcombe but Bagshot is the one that I used to show a few people I knew who complained that H&M’s Montecito mansion seemed “too grand.” (insert eyeroll here.)

      • BlueNailsBetty says:

        @Hannah Holeee Moleee! I just googled Adelaide, Royal, Gatcombe (Anne’s digs), and Bagshot. Bagshot is AMAZING. How on earth did Eddie score the best property?

      • Feeshalori says:

        Bagshot is indeed magnificent, but I believe the Edinburghs have to rent out some of the property because they can’t afford the upkeep.

    • notasugarhere says:

      To me there are dueling Royal Lodge stories going on.

      William may want to secure it as his house for Wife #2. That means he can bide his time, doesn’t need Andrew out for a couple of years. Charles not moving Andrew out immediately, working out this deal that will hold *only as long as Andrew keeps up the restoration work*? That can be a dodge either way. Not moving Andrew out now appeases William, because William wants the house eventually not right away.

      Kate wants it as her divorce home, so she and Carol(E) could be pushing the narrative of needing Andrew moved out now. Using the kids as an excuse. A four-bedroom house with a separate home next door for all the staff? That just isn’t ‘good enough’ for Kate’s divorce settlement (in her mind).

  10. Tessa says:

    William and kate have other residences. They could always relocate or William can

  11. sid says:

    I don’t think raggedy king chuck ever had any real intention of booting his sex offender brother out of Royal Lodge. A lot of this was cover for forcing the Sussexes out of Frogmore. I DO believe Willileaks wanted Royal Lodge for himself, but I don’t think the raggedy king really intended to help him get it. The sex offender brother knows where all the bodies are buried and isn’t above selling out the family to get what he wants. Not a hornet’s nest the raggedy king wants to stir up.

  12. Mslove says:

    Make Pedo pay for the repairs, then kick him out.

    • esline mills says:

      MsLove, that is exactly what they did to Harry and Meghan

    • notasugarhere says:

      Trick is, Charles can’t. Andrew owns the legal lease on Royal Lodge for decades to come. As long as Andrew does the required upkeep on a Crown Estate property, his lease cannot be terminated. Fergie, Beatrice, and Eugenie will inherit the lease.

      If Charles doesn’t pay for the upkeep himself secretly? Andrew can find an oligarch buddy who will pay for it. If William eventually wants RL for Wife #2? He’s going to have to convince Charles and Andrew.

      QEII did not offer Harry and Meghan a home where the same kind of lease could legally happen. They were offered a home that was always going to be insecure on an annual basis.

      • Barb Mill says:

        Yes and I think QEII set aside money for maintenance and upkeep for Andrew to be able to stay.

  13. Tessa says:

    So William can reconcile with Andrew but not his brother. Speaks volumes about williams being a self righteous hypocrite

    • Amy Bee says:

      In William’s eyes, Andrew has been loyal to and didn’t betray the family. Harry did.

      • Tessa says:

        Agree. William does not care that Andrew was pals with criminals and was hidden out from process servers and his mother had to pay off the lawsuit.
        he cares that he can’t scapegoat harry anymore. And harry and Meghan and family walked away from the dysfunction.

      • Eurydice says:

        I’m not sure about this. William did not look happy when he was forced to drive Andrew to church at Balmoral. My impression is that William has no familial love for Andrew, that he views him as a liability, but knows that Charles wants to protect him. William was able to get rid of Harry because QEII and Charles went along with it, but he can’t get rid of Andrew because Andrew has too much protection.

  14. Concern Fae says:

    Charles is so ridiculous. He cheapskates on supporting the other members of the family, and then they get in scandals trying to “earn” money (AKA accepting bribes).

    Harry has the right idea. Don’t fight, just say “OK, if that’s what you want.” Then let your fool of a father face the consequences of his actions. FAFO indeed.

  15. Mary Pester says:

    It’s quite simple really, Andrew said “don’t push Charlie, I have enough dirt on you and your incandescent son to end your reign RIGHT NOW. Charlie said,” ahhh, didn’t think you kept a journal, hmm, let me just ask Camilla what I’m allowed to do “.
    Andrew says” WTF has it got to do with her, your the king! ”
    Charlie says” but I always ask her what I should do Andrew “.
    Andrew says,” christ it’s no wonder you wear a kilt, she cut your B… S of on your wedding day, OK tell your wife I’m staying and she can suck it up, she had her way over Harry and Megan, but I HAVE receipts on your tacky menagerie with her, her ex husband and you and your other women, wonder if I should give Clarkson a call ”
    Charlie says” no, no Andrew, you can stay, but please, please keep quiet about those little things, no one needs know ”
    Andrew says” OK but you WILL pay for the repairs and keep it on the QT, and tell your eldest son, to back the hell of and keep the curtains closed in frogmore!! *

    • equality says:

      Are you sure PA would want the curtains closed at FC? He seems like the kind who would enjoy watching. And getting pix for future blackmail.

  16. tamsin says:

    William has a palatial apartment in Kensington Palace. To my mind, there has never been a credible explanation of why they moved to Windsor with the exception that they had their eye on Royal Lodge when the tenants of the Duke of Windsor’s former castle wouldn’t budge. Jealousy and covetousness are the hallmarks of this whole sorry saga. I’m surprised William didn’t demand renovating the Gloucester’s vacated apartment as an expansion of the one he currently has. He and Kate could each have their own apartment and no one would be any the wiser. I’m sure they could have manipulated around the outcry that would ensue. The pettiness, meaness, and lack of human kindness in the Windsors is shameful.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      “ Jealousy and covetousness are the hallmarks of this whole sorry saga.”

      That is the most accurate thing ever written about the British monarchy as a whole. They have literally been fighting the same damn family feud since the beginning of the concept of royalty.

  17. @BelizeEmpower says:

    If Adelaide is too small for the family now they really only have to suffer for another year or so cause George will be headed to Eton soon where he, I presume, will board like all the others who attend said school. If a divorce happens, Kate gets to stay at Adelaide near her family & she gets to keep her privacy & security on the Windsor estate.

    When Diana divorced Charles she always wanted a country home where she could disappear & have some privacy instead of being hounded each time she stepped out of KP, but alas she never was able to achieve that.

  18. Wannabefarmer says:

    Raise your hand if you thought andy was going to leave his big house for frogmore.

    charles will pay for the repairs, the same way he’s paying for his security because andy knows where all the bones are. And again, charles, the world sees what a sh!t father, grandfather, FiL you are. Karma is very patient.

  19. Laura says:

    The non-evicted Prince also kept his mouth shut and remained “loyal” unlike the other Prince who called them out on their bs.
    Also it’s not so much that Adelaide Cottage is cramped, it’s that William can’t stand that his uncle has that huge ass property for I believe a 100 year lease. Though I doubt the York princesses will ever inherit that lease. Will will be the Royal evictor by then lol.

    • Libra says:

      The royal princesses will never to able to afford the upkeep on Royal Lodge. I doubt Andrew will leave them the funds .They may just abandon the lease before William can pull the plug and leave him stuck with millions in renovation costs for overdue maintenance that Andrew ignored.

    • mary says:

      That and KC is not a strong king.

  20. QuiteContrary says:

    Family values, Windsor-style: Evict the veteran prince who fought in combat and married the true love of his life who happens to be biracial; coddle the prince who sexually abused a trafficked teen.

  21. AMTC says:

    If TOB is secretly staying at Windsor Castle it might explain why KC couldn’t offer Harry a room there at short notice (assuming H actually asked which is debatable).

  22. J.Ferber says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if William stays at Frogmore at least one night a month for a victory/revenge orgy. He took his brother’s home, just like took things away from Harry since they were little boys. Psychos keep that edge for LIFE.

  23. Lisa R says:

    One of the reasons they moved to a four bedroom house was to discontinue Ma Middleton’s habit of showing up unexpectedly, suitcase-in-hand, to spend the night.

  24. mary says:

    I wonder what Andrew knows so that he can “motivate” Charles to agree to such a “deal”. Andrew is a rapist (strongly suspected) of minor enforced prostitutes and this *d*ot committed these acts while working for the government. Is there anybody who doesn’t understand that such sex predatory crime actions make any government and any royal family subject of blackmail?