Andrew demands showdown with King as he refuses to vacate Royal lodge


Royal insiders have said the Prince fears his family “might even turn off the utilities” to get him out of the royal residence, where he has lived for 20 years.

Prince Andrew has made a demand to Charles after reportedly refusing to leave Royal Lodge despite being asked to vacate the premises, royal sources have claimed.

The Royal Family is reportedly eager to shift the Duke of York, 63, from his home of 20 years as King Charles III shuffles the Firm’s senior members into new residences.

The 30-room mansion on the Crown Estate is expected to receive Prince William and Kate, the Princess of Wales.

Andrew would have to downsize and move into Frogmore Cottage, the former residence of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. However, he is reportedly resisting relocation attempts, insiders have suggested.

Discussions about the move have so far been between officials but Andrew has insisted he would rather speak to his older brother face-to-face with friends of the Prince suggesting to Sky News he could come to a deal with the King if he just agreed to “do the right thing” and talk it out.

The friend also said Prince William should reach out “for a cup of tea” with his uncle to lay out a timeline that would suit both families.

Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew has lived at the Royal Lodge for 20 years (Image: GETTY)

Sources have told prominent US journalist Daphne Barak that the Prince is fearful that the royals may attempt to force him out.

Insiders said he worries building managers may turn off his gas, water and electricity, leaving him with little choice but to move into his new property.

Ms Barak, who is reportedly “very close” to people who are closest to the Prince, quoted her source as saying he is concerned the “knives are out” following the Coronation.

They said: “He’s concerned that now the Coronation is over, the knives are out.

“He’s worried that the royals might even turn off the utilities to get him out of there. But we’re dealing with human beings, not real estate.”

Another source added that he is seeking a meeting with the King, saying: “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?”

Prince Edward marks key milestone as he hosts Gold Duke of Edinburgh award celebrations

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As Patron of the DofE scheme the Duke will host over 9,000 young people at the Palace across two days, with another awards presentation due to take place on Friday May 19.

Jermaine Jenas and Prince Edward

Jermaine Jenas and Prince Edward during the garden party (Image: DofE)

The real reason why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still popular in America

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, resonate with the American public because they “deal with modern issues that matter”, one royal author has claimed.

Clive Irving, author of The Last Queen, told “Harry and Meghan are far more popular in America because they are a very modern couple and they deal with modern issues.”

He continued: “Both of them are involved in issues that really matter but Harry in particular pays a lot of attention to the care of former military people that have suffered from various stresses.”

Meghan and Prince Harry smiling

Meghan and Prince Harry live in the US (Image: GETTY)


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