The Duke of York and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, have lived an extravagant lifestyle and are set to pay the price with the loss of a house amidst other things.
Prince Andrew, who is the Duke of York and the ninth in line to the succession of the British throne, is the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
Andrew was married to Sarah Ferguson in 1986, and they made an adorable couple but got divorced in 1996 following their separation in 1992. The duo is famous for living the jet set, frivolous lifestyle, and owning expensive properties.
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. | Source: Getty Images
Prince Andrew has more high-priced and exorbitant possessions compared to royal household members. Due to his pricey lifestyle, he was once nicknamed "Air Miles Andy and Playboy Prince" because he was famous for luxurious vacations and travels.
The Royal Prince is a typical party rider and parties from one city to another, including St Tropez to New York, and anywhere the bright lights take him.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York at day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2019 in Ascot, England. | Source: Getty Images
He is believed to own a unique watch collection valued at hundreds of thousands of pounds. He is not only a lover of jewelry but owns expensive luxury properties and recently acquired a £17 million ski chalet in the Alps.
Not only is he spending millions of pounds on frivolities, but he also is paying heavily for services that include his team of staff.
Although Prince Andrew is living the life of his dreams, it is still suspicious that he spends so much when it is established that his annual income pales by comparison to his extravagant lifestyle.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Beatrice and Sarah, Duchess of York leave Windsor Castle after their wedding for an evening reception at Royal Lodge on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images
His annual income is estimated at about £248,000, which is his allowance from his mother, Queen Elizabeth, and his Navy pension, which is under £20,000. "Andy," as he is fondly called, spends in foreign currencies wherever his profligate world leads him.
The blue-blooded prince is said to rub shoulders with the high and mighty and even went hunting with Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev and had a meeting with the then Libyan dictator Gadaffi.
The Duke and Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, during their trip to the London Eye, on Prince Andrew, The Duke of Yorks 40th Birthday, on February 19, 2000 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
He did not spare a dime when globetrotting on his various holidays. Comfort and luxury is his motto, and he followed it to the latter. His massage mattress, personal pedicures, and valet were some of the must-haves for the prince when traveling.
This audacious display has raised brows and got people talking. Royal experts have affirmed that speculations have been made concerning Andrew's wealth dating back to 15 to 20 years ago.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie during the a National Service of Thanksgiving as part of the 90th birthday celebrations for The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral on June 10, 2016 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Amongst many opinions, Mr. McClure, the author of "The Queens True Worth," believes that Andrew might have mingled with high society people during his tenure as Britain's trade ambassador, which could have helped him build a "Valuable Portfolio of shares."
The author believes the prince might have met with people who gave him invaluable financial advice to help him up his financial game.
McClure thinks that the royal prince is bored after leaving the Navy and after his tenure as trade ambassador and is probably looking to keep himself busy with his numerous vacations and travels.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice as they arrive in Western Isles of Scotland, on August 02, 2010 in Scrabster, Scotland. | Source: Getty Images
Another concerned person is Norman Baker, the author of "...And What Do You Do?" Also, a former Lib Dem minister gave his two pence concerning Andrew's high-priced way of life.
Baker believes that Andrew is probably getting funds from somewhere else asides from his usual stream of income. The author believes that his luxurious gifts could be from his fellow business associates and likened his spending to pouring water into a sieve.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York visits Mother London on March 13, 2013 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
The 62-year-old Prince is not alone in frivolous spending, as his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson is the same when it comes to extravagance.
The Duchess of York was caught in a web of financial difficulties recently when she got into debts of £2m in 2011 and even collected £15,000 from Andrew's paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein.
She also had an overdraft from the Queen's bank estimated at about £5m in 1990. Ferguson was caught trying to sell access to Andrew and the trade envoy for £500,000.
THE ROYAL LODGE
Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, during a Skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, on January 4 1995, in Klosters, Switzerland. | Source: Getty Images
The Royal Lodge is owned by Andrew and Ferguson and is one of their most prized possessions. The beautiful lodge used to be the Queen mother's old home, three miles from Windsor Castle, but they moved in after she passed away in 2001.
Although the exact amount is unknown, the couple is believed to pay a "peppercorn" rent, and the estate spokesperson will not oblige any inquiry concerning the individual lease. This large property is a high maintenance one and was last renovated 20years ago.
Queen Elizabeth II has described feeling a "huge void in her life" following the death of her husband Prince Philip, their son Prince Andrew said on April 11. | Source: Getty Images
In recent times £7.5m was spent for its renovation, which Andrew purportedly paid for even though he does not have any source of income besides his Naval pension.
He also pays for staff and upkeep of the place, which is estimated at about £1m every year. This goes to show that Andrew's lifestyle cost a fortune. Although Andrew and Ferguson have been divorced since 1996, they live together in the Royal Lodge owned by them.
Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, at Royal Lodge, in Windsor on April 11, 2021, two days after the death of his father Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. | Source: Getty Images
However, it is believed they stay in separate wings of the lodge. The Royal Lodge is valued at about £30million in the open market.
The couple must have a lot of attraction for each other. Ferguson once stated that they are the happiest divorced couple ever.
A Royal Lodge in the grounds of Windsor Castle is surrounded by flood water after The river Thames burst it's banks on February 10, 2014 in Datchet, England. | Source: Getty Images
The Duchess of York feels it is great because they believe in compromise and communication, which has helped them cohabit in the Royal Lodge, albeit in different wings.
A SKELETON UNCOVERED IN THE CLOSET
A picture shows the Royal Chapel of All Saints, at Royal Lodge, in Windsor on April 11, 2021. | Source: Getty Images
The rich also cry, and this was the case for Andrew and his nuclear family when a huge scandal came face to face with them and changed their lives negatively.
A civil lawsuit was filed against Andrew by Ms. Giuffre. The prince was accused of sexually abusing her as an underage.
She alleged that they went out on a date and they hugged. There is photo evidence to this effect. Ms. Giuffre also commented that they danced together at the "Tramp," a bar in London.
Virginia Roberts holds a photo of herself at age 16, when she says Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein began abusing her sexually. | Source: Getty Images
Her lawsuit claims that the prince's actions constitute sexual offenses defined in the New York Penal Code Article 130.
A US judge refused an attempt by the royal prince to dismiss Giuffre's lawsuit. As a result, Andrew risks facing deposition and inquiry about his sex life, and marriage, in open court under oath.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre during an interview in New York on August 29, 2019. | Source: Getty Images
His ex-wife, the Duchess of York, and his children, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, could also be questioned as no one, including the Queen, is off-limits.
The ex-wife and daughters also risk being deposed of their royal titles and entitlements. Unless the royal finds serious grounds for dismissal, the court has decided to uphold the lawsuit, and a trial date was to be fixed.
After back and forth in the courtroom and refusing an out-of-court settlement by Andrew, who persisted in his innocent claim, the court ruled in favor of Giuffre.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends a commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral marking the 100th anniversary since the start of the Battle of the Somme. July 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. | Source: Getty Images
This was after Andrew's lawyers were said not to have been able to persuade the New York judge, Lewis Kaplan, to dismiss the civil lawsuit. The ruling of the court did not come as a surprise to many.
Although an insider made it clear that it is not instantaneous, the prince will keep defending and upholding his innocence. Eventually, on April 27, Andrew was stripped of his military title and patronage, which was returned to the Queen.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York at the QIPCO King George Weekend at Ascot Racecourse on July 27, 2019 in Ascot, England. | Source: Getty Images
Buckingham Palace, in a statement, made it clear that the deposition of the prince was with the approval and consent of the Queen.
It was also made clear that the prince could not act in the capacity of a royal or undertake any public engagement and was defending the case as a private citizen without the backing of the royal house.
In due course, his titles will be redistributed to other family members. Amid this legal brouhaha, the embattled prince is set to clear his name and determined to fight until the finish.
: Princess Eugenie of York arrives with her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, ahead of her wedding to Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images
Giuffre is suing for unspecified damages, valued at about £14m if she is successful. Many concerned individuals have come up to give their varying opinions concerning this scandal.
Some believe that the Duke should settle out of court or appeal to the royal family for support, although his chances of winning could be below 50%.
Others better still believe the prince should swallow his pride and take responsibility for his actions by affirming his deeds for the greater good of the royal household.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank helped by Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew, Duke of York leave Windsor Castle in an Aston Martin DB10 after their wedding for an evening reception at Royal Lodge on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images
The Queen, who is very fond of her second son and is often called "her favorite son," had to swallow a bitter pill when she relinquished Andrew of his role and patronages.
Prince William and Prince Charles agreed with the Queen on this action. It was said that William spearheaded the motion to help the Queen see that Andrew's case is getting out of hand and that he had "crossed a red line."
Andrew took the news badly as he was surprised that this kind of move would be taken against him as he looked ashen-faced and sad.
Prince William and Kate Middleton at an event | Photo: Getty Images
The Queen administered her judgment upon her kin, setting sentiments aside and doing what she viewed as needful and just. It is believed she personally wrote the statement deposing her son of his title.
Some of what the prince lost are 12 military titles, honorary roles of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and RAF Air Commodore.
He is no longer entitled to dorn his uniforms at Cenotaph memorials, although he can wear his medals just like veterans. He also lost several patronages, including golf clubs, sports, medical associations, charities, yacht clubs, and art institutions.
Prince William and Kate Middleton at an event | Photo: Getty Images
THE ROYAL DOES NOT GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT
It looks like Andrew's problems did not come in trickles but in battalions because apart from the loss of his titles and patronage, the Duke has other probable huge losses that are necessitated from this deposition.
His adorable Royal Lodge could be taken from him as his lease expires soon, and he is faced with the humiliation of putting up with Wiliam's family at their Frogmore cottage. The Duke also risks losing his 24-hour police protection and would have to pay for his security.
The father of two is trying to ensure that his children do not go down the hole with him and that this scandal does not affect them.
People walking along the Long Walk in Windsor, Berkshire. | Source: Getty Images
Despite the woes of Andrew, it feels like it's William's field day because the Royal lodge is coming up as a prospective home for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Grade II has listed it as a potential home for their family, and plans are underway to move to Windsor. In preparation for their move, the Duke and duchess are also considering schools in Windsor and the adjoining areas like Surrey and Bucks.
The Band of the Coldstream Guards (top left), play Happy Birthday to mark the 96th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, alongside the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards, during Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle on April 21, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
It has been alleged that the luxury-loving prince would not move out of his lavish home for the Cambridges. Although it is settled that he has no means of income for the upkeep and maintenance of the home, Andrew is determined to keep it against all odds.
Andrew has two reasons why he would not like to leave the environs of Windsor on any account. The prince loves the affiliation living close to the Queen affords and is trying to use her to get the goodwill of people and get back into the good books of the society.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend the traditional Easter Sunday Church service at St Georges Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle on April 17, 2022 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images
It was affirmed that during the COVID-19 lockdown, he was always with the Queen and the family was grateful for him. He also would need the financial aid of the Queen if he loses this lawsuit.
Therefore, it is perceived that the Queen will step in and foot his legal bills to save the royal house from embarrassment. There is a precedent in the case of Charles and Diana, where the Queen gave a £17m loan for the settlement.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends the Sunday Service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor, following the announcement on Friday April 9th of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99, on April 11, 2021 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images
Andrew and the Queen are quite close and can be seen together on most occasions. For example, they attended the Royal Ascot on day one and day two together in 2017. They were also together at the Queen's annual birthday parade.
Another reason why Andrew would not like to leave his lodge is that he wants his daughters to be identified with the royal household in Windsor and not be treated differently from William and Harry, even though they are not working royals.
It is being speculated that Princess Eugenie is looking for a place to settle in, and Windsor is the place. The Duke is a proud father of his daughter Eugenie, and he is seen walking her down the aisle while she beamed on her wedding day.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York at The Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2017 in Ascot, England. | Source: Getty Images
After causing a massive stir in the public eye and staining the royal house with his scandalous acts, the Duke is trying to get back into the view of the society by saying his family is a scaffold on which he stands.
Despite concerns raised by prince Charles and prince William about the Queen being escorted by Andrew to Prince Phillip's memorial, the belligerent Duke took the front stage beside his mother in front of the world.
Being the supposed favorite son of the Queen, Andrew's actions may be seen as trying to play on his mother's emotions and manipulate her.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York & Queen Elizabeth II watch the horses in the parade ring as they attend Day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2014 in Ascot, England. | Source: Getty Images
This is also seen by members of the royal house and the public as a ploy to get into the frontline of the events and, ultimately, the household.
Andrew believes that the allegation and lawsuit are closed and would like to get on with life and put everything behind him. However, he believes he has a lot to offer and would not laze around till the end of his days.
The Cambridges have had to deal with a family member who is insouciance and will not give up his claim on any family property or role. The Royal lodge's house hunting and preference, which Andrew refused to give up, make their relationship awkward.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Prince William was once asked if he supports his uncle, Prince Andrew, and he laughed it off and walked away, making it clear that Andrew's matter is not up for discussion.
After all is said and done, the royal family has scores to settle amongst themselves and would rather not wash their dirty linens in public. So we can only hope Prince Andrew keeps a low profile and does not cause the royal household future pain.