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Prince Andrew Makes a Big Decision as Sarah Ferguson Rejects Remarriage Rumors

Prince Andrew is reportedly planning to pass down the lease on the Royal Lodge to his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. King Charles had previously asked his younger brother to vacate the expansive Royal Lodge for the relatively smaller Frogmore Cottage. However, Andrew has resisted these demands, insisting on honoring the terms of his 75-year lease on the property.

According to the Daily Mirror, the disgraced prince has now decided to bequeath the lease to his daughters, whom he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. Despite the ongoing pressure from King Charles, Andrew remains firm in his decision to maintain the lease within his family.

It is noteworthy that Andrew’s former wife, Sarah Ferguson, currently resides in the Royal Lodge with him. The couple has managed to maintain a close relationship, cohabitating at the property despite their divorce.

The outlet claimed though the beloved son of the late Queen Elizabeth would “prefer” to leave it to the television personality, the lease specifies “it can only be passed to his children or his widow – and the Crown Estate won’t recognize a divorced wife as a widow.”

“Despite Fergie’s reservations, is it time to recycle the old confetti and re-wed Andy?” they suggested. “I get asked that all the time. We are very happy as we are now, thank you!” the television personality shared, noting her “life changed forever when I married into the royal family”.

In a recent interview with Bella Magazine, Sarah Ferguson opened up about the possibility of remarrying Andrew, reflecting on their life-changing experiences together. Her comments have added another layer of public interest to the ongoing saga surrounding the Royal Lodge.

The Royal Lodge, a 30-room mansion on the Windsor Estate, has been Andrew’s home for over two decades. Initially granted a lease by the Crown Estate in 2003, Andrew undertook extensive renovations, which were estimated to cost around £7.5 million. The property holds significant sentimental value for Andrew and his daughters, making the current discussions particularly sensitive.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who both maintain a lower profile compared to other senior royals, are believed to support their father’s plans. The two sisters have always had a close bond with their father and consider the Royal Lodge their family home.

The move to transfer the residence to his daughters is seen by some as a strategy to retain control over the property amid mounting pressure from the Crown. King Charles’s push for Andrew to leave the estate is part of a broader effort to streamline the monarchy and reduce the financial burden on taxpayers.

Public opinion on Prince Andrew remains largely negative, with many viewing his continued residence at the Royal Lodge as inappropriate given his tarnished reputation. Critics argue that his presence at such a prestigious property undermines the Royal Family’s efforts to distance itself from scandal and maintain public trust.

As discussions continue, the future of the Royal Lodge and Prince Andrew’s living arrangements remain uncertain. The Duke’s attempts to secure the property for his daughters reflect his desire to maintain a legacy and provide stability for his family, even as he navigates the fallout from his controversial past.

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