Prince Andrew Facing ‘Pressure’ To Give Up The Royal Lodge

"There is pressure on Andrew to give up the Royal Lodge, and that comes from a couple of points."

Prince Andrew Facing 'Pressure' To Give Up The Royal Lodge- TSZ Newz
Prince Andrew Facing 'Pressure' To Give Up The Royal Lodge

A royal specialist has indicated that Prince Andrew is under pressure to give up his Royal Lodge residence due to two major difficulties he is now dealing with.

The Duke of York, who is no longer a working member of the Royal Family, is said to be “resisting” his brother King Charles III’s wishes to transfer from the massive 30-room palace to the smaller Frogmore Cottage.

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The Berkshire property is also said to need extensive renovations, which may be incredibly costly and take several months to complete.

However, Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for the Daily Express, has explained two reasons why Andrew is under pressure to leave Royal Lodge.

Prince Andrew Facing 'Pressure' To Give Up The Royal Lodge
Frogmore Cottage

“There is pressure on Andrew to give up the Royal Lodge, and that comes from a couple of points.”

“Firstly, members of the Royal Family are looking at him and Fergie, looking at this 30-room house with seven bedrooms, and saying it’s ridiculous there are just two people living there.” Andrew is on one side of the home, while his ex-wife is on the other.

“The Queen Mother lived there before her death and I think it got a little bit run down while she was living there.

“Andrew did give it a fresh lick of paint when he moved in and spent £ 7 million upgrading it. I’m told the whole facades need doing again and that alone could cost £ 1 million. There is talk the roof needs doing.”

He added: “Reading between the lines, what is going on is the King is saying ‘I can’t support you in the way I used to support you like your mother used to be able to support you, and I’m worried are you going to be able to stay there and do the maintenance work that is needed on the property’.

“I think Andrew is saying ‘I’m not moving and I will find a way’ but nobody is quite clear how exactly he’s going to do that.”

However, King Charles faces a major challenge in convincing Andrew to leave Royal Lodge for something smaller and “more financially manageable.”

Mr. Palmer said that the Berkshire property is not part of the ‘Occupied Royal Palaces Estate,’ which comprises Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

All of the major royal houses and palaces, as well as some 200 additional estates, are supported by taxpayers, but Royal Lodge is not one of them and was given to Andrew on a 75-year lease by the Crown Estate.

The Crown Estate is defined by the government as “an independent commercial business established by an Act of Parliament, with a diverse portfolio of UK buildings, shoreline, seabed, forestry, agriculture, and common land.”

The royal expert explained: “In summary on Royal Lodge, I think the King is putting pressure on his brother to move to something smaller and something that is more financially manageable.

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“But, aside from the financial assistance he provides, he doesn’t have much leverage over that.”

“As I previously stated, he cannot evict his brother from Royal Lodge because it is Crown Estate property.”

“The monarchy is technically the owner of the crown estate, but only in name, and it is basically an independent property company that makes money from the government.”

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