King Charles is said to have “no power” in forcing Prince Andrew out of his home in Windsor with the Duke having “no plans” to vacate. Charles is said to be looking at reducing spending in the Royal Family, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle already losing their UK residence Frogmore Cottage. And now an insider has claimed Charles is unable to force the Duke of York out of his Windsor home because his brother’s name is on the lease, not the Royal Family’s.
It has been suggested that the Royal Lodge is intended for Prince William and Kate.
But Andrew reportedly intends to honour the lease he signed in 2003 – which expires in 75 years – by refusing to move out of the £30million mansion.
It is thought Buckingham Palace has offered him Frogmore Cottage – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s old home.
This is despite alleged pressure from Buckingham Palace to move to Frogmore Cottage, a smaller residence on the Windsor estate previously lived in by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
An insider, who is in regular contact with Andrew, 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.”
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