King Charles has big plans to modernise the monarchy and cut down the taxpayer-funded monetary funds that Royals live on. In an attempt to make the monarchy more relevant for the coming times, he's making changes in the living situations of the Royals.
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From evicting Prince Harry and Meghan from Frogmore Cottage to asking Prince Andrew to leave Royal Lodge, King Charles has big changes planned for the Royal Family. However, Prince Andrew is adamant on keeping his 30-room mansion and that may get tricky for the King.
Prince Andrew refuses to leave Royal Lodge despite monetary issues
According to The Sun, one of Prince Andrew’s friends has revealed that the Duke is ‘determined to stay put’ at the Royal Lodge. Despite his inability to afford the running costs of the Royal Lodge at Windsor, the disgraced Duke - whose ex-wife is making a film about her life - is refusing to move out.
One of Prince Andrew’s friends said:
This has been his family home for the last 20 years. Is it really sensible to kick him out?
He’s concerned that now the coronation is over, the knives are out. But we’re dealing with human beings, not real estate.
Considering Princess Eugenie and the birth of her new baby, another friend added:
Eugenie is heavily pregnant and her parents expect to have the new grandchild there this summer.
This comes after it was reported that King Charles is planning to slash Prince Andrew’s £250k grant that he used to receive on an annual basis from Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince William to move into Royal Lodge
It is understood that Prince William will be moving into the Royal Lodge after Prince Andrew vacates the house. Allegedly, plans are already in place to allow The Wales family to move into the vast property.
The step seems logical for the growing Wales family with three kids - Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis. Meanwhile, Prince Andrew is expected to move to Frogmore Cottage - that the Sussexes have been asked to vacate. The initial deadline for Prince Andrew’s move was set up to be in September, but it was too early to make the shift. A friend of Prince Andrew said:
If Charles wants Andrew to play ball and help the family, aren’t there better ways of going about it?
Why not do the decent thing, sit down and talk? If they need the house for William, perhaps Andrew should be told. Perhaps William should invite his uncle for tea and explain?
Or why doesn’t Charles invite his brother for a meeting and ask him if he’d leave Royal Lodge to help his nephew and the future of the monarchy? And agree on a schedule acceptable to both sides?
The Sun: Prince Andrew refusing to leave 30-room mansion in new row with King Charles ‘who wants to give home to William’