Prince Andrew now faces the further humiliating prospect of being evicted from his 31-bedroom mansion and losing his police protection.
Prince Andrew now faces the further humiliating prospect of being evicted from his 31-bedroom Georgian mansion and losing his police protection.
In 2003, he signed a 75-year lease at Royal Lodge for a one-time fee of £1 million ($1.88 million) to the Crown Estate, the equivalent of around £250 a week ($470 dollars).
The sun reports that Andrew has spent £7.5million ($14.1million) to renovate the property, including the addition of an indoor swimming pool. Royal Lodge, believed to be worth at least £30 million ($56.4 million) on the open market, is three miles from Windsor Castle and was the former home of the Queen Mother.
Andrew’s former wife, Sarah Ferguson, also lives in the mansion, although the couple have separate wings. If evicted, the prince could move into Harry and Meghan’s former residence at Frogmore Cottage as their lease expires in April.
His downgrade could also mean he loses 24-hour police protection – and has to pay for security himself.
The Duke of York’s accuser wants to be “vindicated” by the legal process and is not motivated by the pursuit of a “purely financial settlement”, her lawyer has said.
One of the few options Andrew has is to try to reach an out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre after a US judge ruled her sexual assault allegation against him could be heard in court. a civil trial.
But a suggestion from David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s solicitor, that money alone would not satisfy her client may indicate she may want her day in court or an admission from the Duke or acknowledgment of her position.
Mr Boies told the BBC Newsnight“I think it’s very important to Virginia Giuffre that this case be resolved in a way that vindicates her and the other victims.
“I don’t think she has a firm opinion at this point, or could she, as to what exactly a solution should be. But I think what is going to be important is that this resolution justifies her and justifies the claim that she made. I think a purely financial settlement is not something that interests him.
It comes as Andrew was sensationally stripped of his military and HRH honors by the Queen amid his sexual assault scandal.
News of the bombshell was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening – just days after a US judge ruled the abuse allegations against him should go to trial. Ms Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York on three occasions in 2001 – and Prince Andrew strongly denies any wrongdoing and even says he has never met Ms Giuffre.
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