King Charles 'infuriated' by Prince Andrew's refusal to leave Royal Lodge as the property 'seen as a symbol of senior royalty' is eyed up by another family member

King Charles is 'infuriated' by Prince Andrew, say royal sources, as his younger brother stays resolute on his desire to stay at Royal Lodge

King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal and Prince Andrew, Duke of York watch on as The Queen's funeral cortege borne on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy as it departs Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
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King Charles is 'infuriated' by Prince Andrew's stubbornness over staying at Royal Lodge, the home he shares with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. To complicate matters further, the property is reportedly being eyed up by a working senior royal - Prince William.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee at St Paul's Cathedral on June 5, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of wellwishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations.

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Despite being stripped of his military titles and no longer being a working royal, Prince Andrew still resides in Royal Lodge

According to reports from Page Six, the King is 'infuriated' by his brother's assistance in staying in the home.

“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,” a royal source told the publication.

“But William, who is the heir to the throne, has his eye on it.”

As it stands, the Prince of Wales lives with his wife Princess Catherine, and three growing children in Adelaide Cottage, a four-bedroom home in Windsor. Apart from potentially needing a little extra space to house his family - status also comes into play, claims the source.

“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.”

: The Country Home of the Royal Family', 1937. A Grade II listed house in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, England, known as the Royal Lodge since the late 1820s. From "George VI, King and Emperor", by Major J. T. Gorman [W. & G. Foyle Ltd., London, 1937]. Artist Unknown.

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In the run-up to King Charles's Coronation, it's not only the whispers surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's coronation invite - which at the time of writing remains unanswered - that's causing him anxiety.

Although the late Queen stripped Prince Andrew of his military honors and royal patronages following allegations of sexual abuse, which he strenuously denies, the Prince remains hugely unpopular in the public sphere.

Earlier this year a YouGov survey to discover the most popular royal found him to have only 7% approval rating - the bottom of the rung in the family's rating.

“Relations between the king and his brother have never been this bad,” a source told Page Six. “It has turned into a real battle which he never expected and it’s left him tired and infuriated.”

Following the confirmation of Harry and Meghan's Frogmore Cottage departure, many reported that it could be an ideal home for Prince Andrew - but this five bed home pales in comparison to Royal Lodge.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank helped by Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew, Duke of York leave Windsor Castle in an Aston Martin DB10 after their wedding for an evening reception at Royal Lodge on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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The grand property is a private home and belongs to The Crown Estate, which is a collection of holdings that belong to the British monarch.

In other words, it's a grace and favor property - which can be rented by the King to whoever he wants. The Grade II-listed Royal Lodge was originally built to enable George IV to entertain guests during Royal Ascot. However, in more recent years it's been the residence of senior royals including the Queen Mother and the Yorks.

It was the Duke of York who signed a 75-year lease on the property back in 2003, a year after his grandmother's death, and who funded a £7.5M refurbishment to bring it up to date.

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

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