Prince Andrew to be ‘granted permission to stay at Royal Lodge indefinitely’ after hammering out a deal with King Charles ‘concerning over £200,000 in roof repairs’
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Prince Andrew has reportedly been given permission by the King to stay indefinitely at his Royal Lodge home in Windsor after he hammered out a deal with the monarch.
The disgraced Duke of York is said to have forked out more than £200,000 for roof repairs on the royal mansion over the summer – a sum which has been described as an ‘interim payment’.
He must now work to reassure his brother that he can cover the extensive repair costs on the £30million 30-room home – which are thought to be in the region of £2million.
King Charles has granted his younger brother the ‘stay of execution’, The Mirror reports, after the pair were at loggerheads over the Duke’s residency at the house.
A source suggested at the time that Andrew, who was forced to quit royal duties over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, could leave the property and instead be put up in the far smaller Frogmore Cottage.
The disgraced Duke of York is said to have forked out more than £200,000 for roof repairs on the royal mansion over the summer
Andrew, who took over the house from the late Queen Mother on a long-term lease, has ploughed up to £7million of his own fortune into renovations
Suggestions mounted that he could be forced to permanently ‘downsize’ to the Windsor cottage after Prince Harry and Meghan left it and moved to the US.
But sources said that despite the dramas surround Royal Lodge and the costs needed to repair it, the Duke of York was adamant that he would remain in his home.
He is even believed to have refused to leave the premises during building works for fear he ‘might never get back in’.
Amid the quarrel, one of Andrew’s friends described how there had been a ‘cooling of relations’ between him and the King.
Charles then held out an ‘olive branch’ to his brother by inviting him to Balmoral over the summer along with Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
The brothers are said to have engaged in crisis talks during a family gathering there in late August, during which time the issue of Andrew’s tenancy was thrashed out.
Charles then held out an ‘olive branch’ to his brother by inviting him to Balmoral along with Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York
Royal Lodge has seven bedrooms across the two top floors and Andrew shares the lavish mansion with just his ex-wife Sarah.
But the Grade-II listed mansion is in desperate need of repairs on top of the roof maintenance Andrew has already paid for, including work to solve a damp problem throughout the property.
Andrew took over the house from the late Queen Mother on a long-term lease and has ploughed up to £7million of his own fortune into renovations.
Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.
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