King Charles and Prince Andrew continue to be in conflict over the fate of the Royal Lodge, even after a 'stay of execution' decree from the monarch. The Royal Lodge has become the focal point of this disagreement, with rumors suggesting that Prince Andrew might face eviction. Despite the King's directives, Prince Andrew seems determined to retain his residence.
Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's former wife who also resides in the expansive 30-bedroom mansion, has a friend who recently shed some light on the matter. Speaking to The Mail, this confidant revealed, “Sarah definitely has reasons to want Andrew to stay in Royal Lodge, as it’s her home base when she's in the UK. However, this feud is deeply rooted in Andrew's pride and not just logistics."
Earlier, The Mirror had mentioned that Prince Andrew was granted a window of opportunity to demonstrate his capability to muster up the necessary finances for the mansion's upkeep. However, some sources from the Palace have challenged this report.
Comparing Royal Lodge Controversies
Drawing a comparison, Richard Fitzwilliams, a renowned royal commentator, juxtaposed Prince Andrew's situation with that of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from Frogmore Cottage. Speaking to GB News, Fitzwilliams stated, “Andrew’s circumstances are notably distinct. He can't resort to measures like publishing a critical memoir. He isn’t an active or a primary active royal member and, in my estimation, probably never will be.”
Adding further, Fitzwilliams noted, “However, he needs a residence. The Royal Lodge is where he wishes to stay. He has a valid lease, and he’s willing to oversee the required maintenance. So, that should settle it.”
This tug-of-war over the Royal Lodge between King Charles and Prince Andrew is emblematic of larger, deeper-rooted royal disputes and raises questions about the future of traditional royal residences and their occupants.