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Prince Andrew begins work on royal home amid ongoing pressure to move into Frogmore Cottage

The Duke of York has reportedly been asked to vacate Royal Lodge that he currently shares with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson

Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
Updated: June 3, 2024
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Prince Andrew appears to have finally started essential restoration work on the "crumbling" £30 million Royal Lodge he currently occupies with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson

New photographs of the property, which is located in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, confirm reports by US Weekly last month that revealed the Grade-II listed building is ravaged by damp leaving visible cracking and crumbling of the brickwork. 

The father of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie has reportedly been asked to leave the property by his brother, King Charles, after neglecting to pay for its £500,000 upkeep per year and leaving it chipped and growing black mould on the exterior.

Latest images captured of the 19th century, 90-acre property show that scaffolding has been erected around the entrance, as well as a yellow skip which has appeared on the driveway and appears to be full of discarded rubbish.

 Prince Andrew under pressure to vacate Royal Lodge

Scaffolding and a skip can be seen on the front of Royal Lodge© W8Media / MEGA
Scaffolding and a skip can be seen on the front of Royal Lodge

The Duke of York, 64, stepped down from public duties in May 2020 amid the controversy over his years of friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The royal was subsequently stripped of his royal and military titles.

According to The Times, Prince Andrew signed a 73-year lease with the Crown Estate in 2003, which says that he has a responsibility to "repair, renew, uphold, clean and keep in repair and where necessary rebuild" the home. 

Despite reports suggesting the Prince had failed to meet the annual upkeep requirements, he has continued to live at the royal residence Royal Lodge, the 30-room mansion he has called home for two decades.

The Duchess of York now looks after the late Queen's Corgis at Royal Lodge
The Duchess of York now looks after the late Queen's Corgis at Royal Lodge

Prince Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah dispelled rumours that Prince Andrew was under pressure to leave Royal Lodge by his brother. 

The mother-of-two was quizzed by Samara García Mendez from ¡HOLA! TV about the eviction in 2023, though she casually shut down the rumours.

Responding to reports that she and Andrew will be moving into Frogmore Cottage instead, Sarah replied: "Don’t always believe what you read."

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Royal Lodge was in need of major repairs

Signs that renovations have begun could mean that the royal brothers have come to an agreement over whether Prince Andrew is allowed to remain in the property.

A green haven 

Bird's eye-view images of Royal Lodge give a rare glimpse at the breathtaking greenery that surrounds the property; a place that no doubt brings seclusion and solace to Sarah as she grapples with her ongoing cancer diagnosis. 

Last summer, the mother-of-two was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram, undergoing a single mastectomy; six months later, she was found to have malignant melanoma.

Sarah Ferguson throwing a toy ball in front of sheets drying© Instagram
Sarah shared her joy at finishing cancer treatment with HELLO!

The Duchess has been told not to use the phrase "cancer free" by her doctors, but she tells HELLO! her outlook remains positive now she is no longer immunotherapy, taking any drugs or doing chemotherapy.

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