Prince Andrew of York to Remain at the Royal Lodge
No relocation is in sight for Prince Andrew of York, who has no intention of leaving the Royal Lodge in Windsor, where he has been living for more than twenty years. But it is not just an emotional issue, nor a matter of principle, as has often been stated recently, but above all to ensure peace and comfort in a familiar environment for his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, who has always had an apartment here (despite the two having been divorced since 1996 they have never really said goodbye).
Sarah Ferguson Undergoes Major Surgery
After a diagnosis of breast cancer, Fergie underwent an eight-hour operation at the beginning of May and is still recovering. No other details have been released, as the Duchess is not formally a member of the royal family, nor is it clear what kind of treatment she is receiving, but it is certain that the whole family, including Andrew, is by her side. “She is resting at home, it was a major operation,” a source told Page Six, emphasizing how Sarah has had great support, both from her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and from Andrew.
The Future of the Royal Lodge
Andrea and Sarah Ferguson have remained very close despite the divorce and live together. However, the Royal Lodge issue will eventually come up again. The central problem is financial: Andrew, who has occupied it since 2003, has indeed signed a contract for 74 years, so on paper no one can really evict him, but it is also true that the prince has fallen into disgrace after the Epstein scandal. To silence Virginia Giuffre, the woman who accused him of sexual assault, he paid a considerable amount, and since he is no longer a senior royal, without any income from institutional activities, he would not have enough funds to pay the rent of the thirty-room residence to the Crown Estate, the Company that holds the monarchy’s properties. Another issue is Andrew’s security: Charles III pays for it out of his own pocket, even though the Lodge is outside Windsor, so in an area that would presuppose private and unpaid surveillance by the Crown.