PRINCE Charles has told shamed sibling Andrew to stay “out of the line of sight” — effectively banishing him from Windsor Castle. The duke and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson could even be forced out of Royal Lodge and the town itself when Charles is king. Sources close to the Prince of Wales, 73, say he and wife Camilla, 74, are on the warpath since Andrew was told to stand trial in the US.
Charles also feels his brother misled him three years ago by saying the scandal around pal Jeffrey Epstein and sex-trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre would go away. Andrew, 61, has not been seen near the castle since the Queen summoned him there last month to effectively fire him from the Firm. A royal source told The Sun: “Charles wants Andrew out of the line of sight and out of the picture.
“He has been warned to keep his head down. Charles does not want Andrew to be photographed every other day looking happy and waving as he is driven to the castle. “Eventually Andrew will be made to leave Windsor and could get several million pounds from the Royal Family. But he has made it clear that he will hang on for dear life.” Sources would not rule out Andrew remarrying Fergie, 62, if they were forced to fend for themselves.
The couple divorced in 1996 but have lived together at Royal Lodge since 2008. Charles is having an increasingly influential voice in affairs after the death of Prince Philip last April and the Queen’s health scare in October. He was said to be alarmed last summer when Ms Giuffre lodged her sexual abuse writ in a New York court.
After discussing with son William over Christmas, Charles decided that Andy must lose his royal roles, and the Queen agreed. Charles has also grown angry about the damage Andrew has wreaked on the Royal Family’s reputation in recent weeks. Yesterday we told how massage therapist Emma Gruenbaum called him a “constant sex pest” at sessions.
We also revealed he swore at a maid after forcing her to run up stairs to close his curtains. And he left a gardener shaking in a row about cutting trees. Andrew is due to make his deposition in the Giuffre case on March 10. He could stand trial as a private citizen in autumn, or settle out of court.
Meanwhile sources say Kate and Wills hope to move to the Windsor area so kids George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, can go to school locally. The Cambridges have been eyeing up the 31-room Royal Lodge. It needs renovating at a cost of thousands but Andrew’s funds are tied up in his legal fight.
William and Kate have also looked at Fort Belvedere on Windsor Great Park. But it is understood to be too small for their family. Moving Andrew and Fergie into Fort Belvedere is also an option. The mansion was used by Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and was the scene of his abdication in 1936.
Kensington Palace sources deny Kate and Wills want an apartment in Windsor Castle. Palace aides also deny claims Andrew, said to be the Queen’s favourite, has been asked to look after her as she turns 96 in April. Charles, William and Anne have all been spending time at the castle following Her Majesty’s health scare.