Prince Andrew in high spirits as he drives through Windsor11/04/2023
Prince Andrew spotted driving through Windsor – after claims he ‘has no long-term future’ at his Royal Lodge home
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Prince Andrew appeared in high spirits today as he drove through Windsor – a day after making a nod to his late mother by wearing a poppy on his horse.
The Duke of York, 63, was dressed casually in a navy blue jumper as he drove through the Berkshire estate, shielding his eyes from the autumn sun.
Yesterday, he took to the grounds of the Royal Lodge with his horse – which sported a poppy on its side.
This is a gesture often related to the late Queen Elizabeth, who would exhibit the red flowers on her horses each year around Remembrance Day.
His outing came amid rumours that King Charles privately believes his younger brother ‘has no long-term future’ at his royal home have been circulating, despite the fact he gave Andrew more time to prove he can pay his way for the mansion’s upkeep.
Prince Andrew appeared in high spirits today as he drove through Windsor – a day after making a nod to his late mother by wearing a poppy on his horse
One family friend said: ‘In all honesty, I would not expect to see the Duke of York of living at Royal Lodge in the long term. If he could pay the upkeep then he would be welcome to stay. But the chances of that happening are, frankly, remote.
‘He and the duchess are… rattling around in a huge property they simply can’t afford.’
The King culled Andrew’s annual allowance – believed to be in the region of £250,000 – following the emergence of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. Andrew is said to have paid sexually abused Epstein victim Virginia Roberts £12million to settle a case she brought against him outside court – allegations he strenuously denied.
Last month, Andrew was pictured going around Windsor Great park on horseback.
The father-of-two sported navy jodhpurs and a zip-up jumper featuring a royal cypher on it for the outing, making sure to don a riding helmet and gloves.
In September, he appeared to enjoy his equestrian activities – and Range Rover driving – very regularly.
The pictures follow reports that the beleaguered Duke of York has been granted permission by the monarch to ‘stay indefinitely’ at his Windsor mansion after they ‘thrashed out a new deal’.
The pair have been at loggerheads over Charles’s demands that Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah, move out of the 30-room royal property – which has problems with damp and requires several million pounds-worth of repairs – into somewhere smaller, such as Harry and Meghan’s old home, Frogmore Cottage.
The Duke of York, 63, was dressed casually in a navy blue jumper as he drove through the Berkshire estate, shielding his eyes from the autumn sun
Prince Andrew appeared in high spirits as he headed out of the Royal Lodge in Windsor yesterday for a horse ride
Andrew’s horse sported a poppy on its side (pictured) – a gesture often related to the late Queen Elizabeth, who would exhibit the red flowers on her horses each year around Remembrance day
The Mirror reported last month that Andrew had been granted a ‘stay of execution’ after Charles accepted his brother should be given time to prove he can pay for the mansion’s upkeep.
Multiple well-placed sources in royal circles have told the Mail that the prince isn’t being ‘realistic’ about his financial situation after being forced to step back from public duties.
A family friend said: ‘It’s all a bit cloud cuckoo-land, I’m afraid. No one, not least His Majesty, believes there is any realistic, long-term chance of the Duke of York being able to keep the roof at Royal Lodge over his head.
‘It’s a massive property and estate that requires a huge amount of upkeep.’
The King has no right to kick his brother out because Andrew took on the late Queen Mother’s Grade II-listed property from the Crown Estate in 2004 on a long-term lease and has funded many millions of pounds worth of renovation
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