Prince Andrew and Fergie fear being ‘kicked out’ of Windsor mansion in royal reshuffle

Prince Andrewand his ex wife could lose the home they share together in Windsor as the newKingputs his mark on theRoyal Family.

The Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson are reportedly expecting to have to pack their bags and leave the 31-bedroom Royal Lodge they live in that is owned by the Crown Estate.

Following the death ofthe Queen, it is thought to be only a matter of time that Andrew’s older brother King Charles goes forward with the royal reshuffle he previously hinted at.

The Crown's abundance of property, which spans over 500,000 acres of land across the UK, is likely to fall under the King's impending review but Andrew could be set to get a lot of money if he is “kicked out”.

If his undisclosed 100-year lease on the Queen Mother's former home, Royal Lodge, is cut short, Andrew may be able to claim up to £7million in compensation.

An insider toldThe Sunthat the Duke who was thought to be "under the protection of the Queen" would not be forced to leave Royal Lodge in the near future because it would "seem callous to throw them out so soon after she died".

"But if he's doing no duties and rattling around a £30million mansion during the cost-of-living crisis, then it's a terrible look," the source added.

That’s not the only change that the Duke of York could face, as King Charles is apparently set to makechanges to the law preventing non-working royals being Counsellors of State.

Being a Counsellor of State means that Andrew can step in for the monarch and temporarily perform duties on his behalf if he is unable to "due to illness or absence abroad".

Andrew, along with Prince Harry, Prince William and Charles, held the position before Her Majesty passed away on 8 September.

Under Charles' reign, Andrew, Harry, 37, William, 40, and Princess Beatrice, 34, will all be Counsellors of State.

However, under new proposals, counsellors of the state would only be working members of the Firm, going forwards, reportsthe Telegraph.

Additionally, the King is also said to be considering broadening the scope of the position to allow others royals such as Prince Edward andSophie, Duchess of Wessexto undertake the duties in the King’s absence.

The move is believed to be part of a long rumoured shake up of the Royal Family, as plans to modernise the monarchy see a clearer distinction between the duties of a working royal and a non-working one.

However any tweak to the legislation will need to go through the Houses of Parliament.


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