The annual Sovereign Grant report listed the property as unoccupied, and a palace official confirmed the Sussexes "only just left." Not only did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave the home, but the pair returned the £2.4 million ($3,026,352 USD) of public funds they used to renovate the property.
Although the Sussexes have fled Frogmore, Prince Andrew was asked to leave the Royal Lodge at the same time the Sussexes received an eviction notice, but the Duke of York has refused to leave. The Royal Observer previously reported the fallen royal is under pressure to move out of his mega-mansion, and there were rumors that King Charles wanted Andrew to move into Frogmore Cottage.
"Charles is not chucking Andrew out, but Andrew will have to find the money to look after the property himself — and where is that coming from," the source shared.
Since Andrew was stripped of his HRH status, Charles can't justify using tax dollars to finance Andrew's lavish lifestyle. Richard Palmer revealed His Majesty pushed his brother to get out of the property. "There is pressure on Andrew to give up the Royal Lodge and that comes from a couple of points," he told a publication. "Firstly, members of the royal family are looking at him and Fergie, looking at this 30-room house, with seven bedrooms, and saying it's ridiculous there are just two people living there. Andrew at one end of the house and his ex-wife at the other."
"More importantly, it's an expensive place to run and is looking a bit neglected, from what I understand," the royal expert added.
Andrew's emotional attachment to the luxurious estate could be due to it being Queen Elizabeth's former living quarters. "The Queen Mother lived there before her death and I think it got a little bit run down while she was living there," Palmer explained. "Andrew did give it a fresh lick of paint when he moved in and spent £ 7 million upgrading it. I'm told the whole facades need doing again and that alone could cost £ 1 million. There is talk the roof needs doing."