King Charles threatening to ‘sever ties completely’ with Prince Andrew

King Charles is turning up the pressure on disgraced Prince Andrew, warning that life will become “uncomfortable” if he refuses to leave his 30-room villa.

The King, 75, has this year redoubled efforts to evict his brother who shares the house with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and some insiders have called the standoff the “Royal Lodge siege”.

Palace sources say the king, who is funding Andy’s life, may “reconsider the levels of support he is willing to provide” if he rejects all offers of a new home.

The shamed Duke of York, 64, who will never return to public service after paying millions to settle a Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking abuse case, has refused the king’s demands to leave for 18 months.

The Sun exclusively revealed that Andrew had turned down the chance to move into Frogmore Cottage last year after Harry and Meghan were evicted.

Andrew, who will never return to royal duties due to his links to Epstein, still refuses to budge underlining that he is in possession of a 75-year lease.

But a friend told the Times: “It can be done in an orderly or disorderly way. It can be done with grace and dignity or it can be forced upon him. It’s all pretty sad.

“But as things stand, life at Royal Lodge is set to become increasingly cold and uncomfortable for the Duke.

“The only question now is when he will realize that he has become a prisoner of his own pride – and that returning the keys will offer him much greater comfort and the continued support of his family.”

Charles is said to be unwilling to continue paying out of pocket to fund Andy’s lavish lifestyle.

Sources close to the monarch say he may be forced to “reconsider the levels of support he is willing to provide” if the so-called Royal Lodge siege continues.

The disgraced Duke’s police protection was removed when he resigned from public service amid the Epstein scandal.

But Charles stepped in to withdraw his multimillion-dollar private security bill.

The crisis shows no signs of disappearing after Netflix screened its hit drama News in advancewhich details Andy’s “car accident”. Newsnight interview.

And there is yet another depiction of his shame in an Amazon series about his downfall in which Andy is played by actor Michael Sheen.

The scandal-hit father-of-two has kept himself away from the public since causing controversy by taking the family to serve the late Greek King Constantine at Windsor Castle in February in the cancer-stricken king’s absence.

But last month he was spotted playing golf without a care in the world with friends in Scotland.

His finances are said to be in trouble as he can no longer work and it is unclear whether he received any major gains from his late mother’s will when she died in September 2022.

But he and ex-wife Fergie managed to keep the corgis and he pocketed millions of pounds from the sale of his chalet in the Swiss Alps.

And the late Queen helped pay her multimillion-dollar out-of-court settlement to sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Sources close to Prince Andrew insist he will not leave Royal Lodge citing a 75-year lease on the property that doesn’t expire until June 15, 2078.

Friends of the Duke last night has a “cast iron” lease and sees no reason to give up the home he has lived in for the last 20 years.

A family source who intends to force Andy to leave told the Times: “The King’s kindness is not unlimited and there is a very good option for Andrew to move into Frogmore Cottage, recently vacated by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who it also has the advantage of being within the security cordon of Windsor Castle, thus reducing the need for alternative 24-hour security for the Royal Lodge.

“It is taking us longer than expected to recognize the reality of the situation, even though it is clearly the most sensible course of action.

“If he does not agree to move to a property better suited to his needs, then the King may need to reconsider the levels of support he is willing to provide.”

Another acquaintance who visited the Royal Lodge told the newspaper: “It’s really quite sad, but if it’s a matter of who blinks first then Andrew will lash out. He’s not going anywhere.

“He has had a stay of execution due to Sarah and the king’s illnesses and hopes that Charles doesn’t want to be seen as vindictive by throwing him out.”

The Duchess of York, who despite divorcing Andy 30 years ago still lives in Royal Lodge, has recently battled breast and skin cancer.

Palace sources insisted that Prince Andrew “remains the king’s brother” and is welcome at family events, but will never return to public service.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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