Prince Andrew is refusing to leave his Windsor residence while critical building work is being done for fear of being evicted by the King.
The Duke of York is at odds with his brother on fears that he could be evicted from his Royal Lodge residence to make room for the Prince and Princess of Wales and their family.
Andrew, 63, is refusing to go, claiming he has a legal right to remain in the 30-room royal home after signing a 75-year lease in 2003.
The impasse arose after the King reduced Andrew’s £250,000 annual grant from the late Queen earlier this year.
The Duke was informed that he would be relocating to Frogmore Cottage, the former residence of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who were forced to hand up the keys following the publication of Harry’s explosive memoir, Spare.
Friends of Andrew, who was forced to resign from his royal job after being implicated in a sex abuse scandal that he adamantly denied, say he is “refusing to budge” from the home.
The Duke was spotted riding with his younger brother Edward, 59, in Windsor Great Park early on Monday.
Both royals wore shirts rolled up to their elbows and laughed and spoke with two other riding mates.
In recent weeks, the two have been spotted riding together multiple times.
It comes as preparations for Trooping the Color on Saturday continue, with Andrew possibly making an appearance despite being barred from participating last year as part of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities.
“As far as he (Andrew) is concerned, he isn’t moving,” a source close to the Duke stated.
“He couldn’t be more specific. He’s not going to leave and move into another property; he has a lease, he’s spent millions of dollars fixing up the building, and he doesn’t want to leave.
“Whoever is behind this would have to drag him out, and that isn’t going to happen.”
The Duke claims that his contract which requires him to pay only £250 a week to rent the house he still lives with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson is with the royal estate and not the monarch.
According to sources, Andrew has “in no uncertain terms told the King he will not leave” after spending millions of pounds from his personal riches on maintenance.
He is said to have spent more than £7.5 million upgrading the buildings in recent years.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, who now live in the four-bedroom Adelaide Cottage in Windsor with their three children, have long been rumored to move in.
However, some reports indicate that the Crown Estate would not rule out commercially renting out the Royal Lodge to maximize profits.
More urgent work on the Royal Lodge roof is set to begin this summer, and Andrew has been told that it would be easier for him to reside elsewhere during the restorations.
Sources say he’s remaining put while roof repairs are completed, which might take several months, and he’s hesitant to leave because he’s afraid of being kicked out.
According to sources close to the King, the monarch “will not leave his brother homeless or penniless,” but this has done little to soothe the row.