Prince Andrew among royals attending Easter service
King Charles is “tired and infuriated” with brother Prince Andrew over his refusal to leave his royal home, an inside source has claimed. Earlier this year, the King ordered the Duke of York to leave Royal Lodge in Windsor, and move into Frogmore Cottage, the former home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Despite the King’s offer of a new home, Andrew has refused to move out of his current $37million (£29.7million) royal residence, leaving Charles incensed.
A source said: “Relations between the King and his brother have never been this bad.
“It has turned into a real battle which he never expected and it’s left him tired and infuriated.”
Insiders have said Andrew wants to stay in Royal Lodge as its a symbol of seniority in the Royal Family.
Speaking to Page Six, one source said: “Andrew doesn’t want to leave because the property is seen as a symbol of senior royalty — an important property in the family’s portfolio.
“But William, who is the heir to the throne, has his eye on it.”
Royal commentator Joshua Rom also told the outlet: “The cottage Prince William and Kate, the Princess of Wales live in once belonged to people who worked for the royals – such as Group Captain Peter Townsend, who had a romance with Princess Margaret and who described it as an ‘ice box’ — and is very cramped.
“It makes a lot more sense for William to have this house to reflect his new role particularly as Andrew is no longer a ‘working royal’ and therefore doesn’t need an office or to entertain dignitaries.”
It comes after Andrew made a shock appearance at this weekend’s Easter Sunday service, walking closely behind Charles.
Despite Andrew’s public scandals, columnist Ephraim Hardcastle suggested the walk “could be interpreted as the King showing there isn’t a rift”.
Quoting a courtier in the Daily Mail, Hardcastle added it could show that Andrew is “still part of the family”.
Meanwhile, former UK diplomat Simon Wilson told ITV that Andrew had an “insane” list of demands while travelling abroad, including a 6ft ironing board and room-temperature water only.
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Speaking for the upcoming documentary The Real Crown: Inside the House of Windsor, he said: “We had a whole raft of things that came out in advance of his visit, his dislikes in terms of eating and stuff.
“[Andrew] would only drink water, it had to be at room temperature, no ice.”
The Duke also is said to have insisted on taking a “large entourage” on his journeys, including “a private secretary, an equerry, a valet, a lady clerk and a business advisor”.
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