Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are one of those couples that divorce is far from being a thing of the past. Living under the same roof at Royal Lodge for years, the pair has now been asked to leave the premises and move to Frogmore Cottage, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s former pied-à-terre. But according to his ex-wife, it’s not that simple.
What is the status of Prince Andrew’s move? At the beginning of March, Buckingham Palace reported that Charles III had asked his youngest son and daughter-in-law, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to hand over the keys to Frogmore Cottage, their home in the UK, so that his brother could move in. The latter would thus be asked to leave his vast house at Royal Lodge, where he moved with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson after the death of the Queen Mother in 2003. But the man accused of having had a suspicious relationship with Jeffrey Epstein is not the type to let this happen. Forced to relinquish his duties and patronage of the firm from 2019, the Duke of York intends to keep his house for as long as possible, his ex-wife has suggested.
In a new interview with Samara García Mendez of ¡HOLA! TV in recent days, the mother of princesses Beatrice and Eugenie was asked about the situation of the man she divorced in 1996. The Telegraph reported that the 63-year-old prince has “no intention of moving out” because the lease he signed 20 years ago expires in over 50 years. “Don’t always believe what you read. I don’t know. I take each day as it comes,” the writer said, without elaborating on the thorny issue.
Prince Andrew determined to keep Royal Lodge
What is established, however, is the fact that when Prince Harry came to London for his father’s coronation on 6 May, he did hand back the keys to Frogmore to Buckingham Palace after spending one last night there. Charles III could therefore start pressuring his younger son to clear the floor of the expensive Royal Lodge in Windsor’s great park before the summer begins. Earlier this year, the monarch prepared Andrew for a downturn in his lifestyle by cutting his annual allowance. The 74-year-old monarch subtracted the cost of maintaining his Grade II listed house, which has no less than 30 rooms.
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