A real estate row between the two brothers has reached farcical proportions, with the disgraced Andrew making a mockery of his big brother’s pressure campaign to get him to leave his grace-and-favor home, which in theory is the king’s gift.
Andrew has hired builders to do some much-needed repairs on the damp and mold problems at his $46 million house, Royal Lodge, in an effort to stop his brother from throwing him out — thanks to cash he inherited from their mother, Queen Elizabeth.
Initially Andrew — who was forced out of royal duties after settling a sex-abuse casewith Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre in 2022 — had claimed he couldn’t afford to do the work on the 30-room property, which comes with a swimming pool and tennis court, and which he still shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.
Charles was then going to use Andrew’s plea of poverty to push him out in favor of someone who could afford to do the repair work. Now that excuse is gone.
To add insult to insubordination, Andrew has loaned the house Charles had offered him instead — the five-bedroom Frogmore Cottage, where Prince Harry and Meghan lived — to his daughter Princess Eugenie.
“For now, Andrew has got one over his brother and we will see how long it lasts,” says a royal source.
“Work started on the Royal Lodge this month and will extend to the end of the summer.
“Andrew was advised that he should move out while work was undertaken because the house is virtually a building site but he’s refused because he’s so terrified that the property might be seized in his absence,” according to the source.
To be fair to Andrew, he has poured millions into the home, and when he took a 75-year lease on it following the death of his grandmother, the Queen Mother, he expected it would be his home for life.
Prince Andrew outfoxes King Charles as monarch tries to evict scandal-plagued brother from $46M home. Prince Andrew outfoxes King Charles as monarch tries to evict scandal-plagued brother from $46M home