Only one person has power to evict Prince Andrew from royal home - and it's not King Charles
26.05.2023 - 10:15
The King has only been left with one choice after his brother Prince Andrew has refused to leave his £30million mansion, royal experts claim.
The Duke's residence Royal Lodge has become a battleground amid claims of his refusal to accept the King's orders that he vacate the 30-bedroom residence, the Mirror reports.
Prince Andrew has been living in the Grade-II listed house in Windsor Great Park for two decades but the property is now supposed to be designated to Kate Middleton and Prince William.
After he moved following the former resident the Queen Mother's death, the Prince signed a long lease on the manor which is a part of the Crown Estate where he lives with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.
According to the Prince's close friends, the lease is not up for several decades and unfortunately for King Charles, the powers to evict him are out with his hands and lie with the Chancellor instead.
A friend told The Times: "The lease is in the Duke’s name so no one can take that away from him. It has never been suggested that it could be taken away from him.
"It’s a long lease with 80 to 90 years left on it. This is a lease between him and the Crown Estate. That’s not a matter for the King. It’s a matter for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
"The only way you could get him to move out would be through an arrangement — he would have to agree."
The King and Prince Andrew's feud over the Royal Lodge has now been ongoing for a month with initial reports that the luxurious house had become too costly to maintain amidst Charles' wishes to crack down on royal budgets.
The disgraced Prince has had his annual maintenance loan from £249k slashed this year which has made it increasingly difficult for him to afford the upkeep of his lavish home.