A source claimed their permanence at the residence could be a “terrible look” as Britain face the cost-of-living crisis and a difficult winter.
Nevertheless, they said the new King is unlikely to push out his brother and former sister-in-law from the home they still share in the immediate aftermath of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The insider told The Sun: “They are no longer under the protection of the Queen but it would seem callous to throw them out so soon after she died.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson share a home in Windsor
Prince Andrew is no longer a full-time working royal
“But if he’s doing no duties and rattling around a £30million mansion during the cost-of-living crisis, then it’s a terrible look.”
Another source claimed Andrew and Sarah feared they would be “thrown to the wolves” in the coming months.
According to a 2005 National Audit Office report, should Andrew leave his current home, the Lodge would revert to the Crown Estate – a collection of lands in the UK belonging to the reigning British monarch which is neither owned by the Government nor part of the monarch’s private property.
If he left prior to the end of his lease, Andrew would get “compensation in respect of refurbishment costs” estimated to be in the region of £7million.
Sarah Ferguson photographed on the day of the Queen’s funeral
A spokesman for the Duke of York did not comment when approached by the Sun. Express.co.uk has contacted the Duke’s representatives for further comment.
This comes a few weeks after it was reported Sarah bought a £5m house in Mayfair, one of London’s most lavish areas.
The residence, believed to have been bought from the Duke of Westminster, has been described by sources as “a long-term investment for daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie”.
A spokeswoman for the Duke of York said at the time Andrew had not personally been involved in the purchase.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson got married in 1986
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson with their daughters in 1999
The Duke and Duchess of York got married in 1986 and welcomed their two daughters, princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, a few years later.
While their marriage ended in a divorce in 1996, four years after they separated, Andrew and Sarah remained close for the sake of their children, which they brought up together.
Even after their split and the scandal which invested Sarah following the publication of intimate pictures in British newspapers in 1992, the Duchess continued to live, while not on a permanent basis, with the Duke at his official residence.
From 1990 to 2004, this was Sunninghill Park, a country house and estate of about 665 acres north of Cheapside.
The Grade-II listed home was originally built to enable King George IV to entertain guests during Royal Ascot.
The Queen Mother used it for decades as her private residence and, during King George VI’s reign, was used as the family’s weekend retreat.
The mother of Queen Elizabeth II died at the Royal Lodge in 2002, and was gifted to Andrew a few months later.
The late Queen and Princess Margaret photographed at the Royal Lodge in 1942
“If I am staying in a hotel I have the same family photographs and scented candles around me.
“When I’m in the UK I’m lucky enough to stay at Royal Lodge. I wouldn’t call it my home as that would be presumptuous.”
The Duchess often discussed her close bond with Andrew and stood by him even after he stepped back from public duties.
Asked during an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women if a rekindling in their romance was on the cards, Sarah said: “Andrew and I remain steadfast, in the past we’ve been co-parenting and now we’re co-grandparenting.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK