King Charles’ Prince Andrew headache worsens: ‘Increasingly impatient’

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Eighteen months after it was first reported that King Charles had tried unsuccessfully to evict his disgraced brother from the sprawling Royal Lodge, the situation is now said to have worsened even further.

Prince Andrew, who has lived in the 30-room mansion on the Crown Estate in Windsor since 2004, is said to be standing his ground and seeking a stalemate as the monarch steps up her efforts to oust him.

The real estate debacle was reportedly referred to by insiders as the “siege of the Royal Lodge,” according to the British Just.

The Duke of York, who was forced to step down from official duties in 2020 due to his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is reportedly unable to afford the annual maintenance costs of over $750,000 for the “decayed” building, which appears to be falling into disrepair.

Palace sources recently claimed the king, who is funding Andrew’s life after his term in office, may “reconsider the level of support he is willing to provide” if his younger brother continues to reject his offers for new accommodation.

But according to royal author Christopher Anderson, the Duke remains steadfast.

“Andrew is holding on tight at the moment and maybe hoping that one of his rich friends will contribute some money,” he said FoxNews.

“But it is highly questionable whether that would work. King Charles III is becoming increasingly impatient and at the same time wants to punish his brother, show everyone who is boss and restore the Royal Lodge to its former glory.”

The update comes just a few days after the Just confirmed that the royal had upped the ante in an attempt to force Andrew to move, preferably to nearby Frogmore Cottage, the former home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The complex conflict between the brothers is further exacerbated by the fact that while Andrew still owns the 75-year lease on the property, Charles has control of the finances.

“As things stand, life at Royal Lodge is going to become increasingly cold and uncomfortable for the Duke,” a source told the publication.

“The only question now is when he will realise that he has become a prisoner of his own pride – and that returning the keys will provide him with far more comfort and the continued support of his family.”

Last October, it was reported that Charles and Andrew had struck an unexpected accommodation deal that would see the disgraced Duke granted a “stay of execution” of his potential eviction.

According to the United Kingdom MirrorDuring a private meeting at Balmoral, Andrew successfully asked the King to grant him more time to prove that he was able to raise the necessary funds for the much-needed repairs to the great estate.

According to reports, the building’s renovations will cost an estimated £2 million ($3.8 million Australian dollars), with the publication also reporting that Andrew has already spent $380,000 as an “interim payment” on roof repairs.

For many years, Andrew’s livelihood was made possible by an annual allowance of around $500,000 paid to Andrew from his late mother’s personal fortune – a system that ended in April 2023 under Charles’ reign.

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