Prince Andrew could get £7m from taxpayer if he gives up Royal Lodge

Prince Andrew could get £7million compensation from taxpayer if he is forced out of grace-and-favour £30m 31-bed Royal Lodge home in Windsor

  • The Duke of York could rake in the huge sum if he forfeits the £30m Royal Lodge
  • 2005 National Audit Office report says he is entitled to be repaid for work done
  • He pumped in £7.5million for a refurbishment after he moved into house in 2003
  • It comes as the 61-year-old faces growing calls to leave the 31-bedroom mansion

Prince Andrew could get £7million in compensation from the taxpayer if he is forced out of his grace-and-favour home in Windsor.

The Duke of York could rake in the huge sum if he forfeits the £30million Royal Lodge, documents show.

The 2005 National Audit Office report says he is entitled to be repaid for a £7.5million refurbishment he funded after moving in in 2003.

It comes as the 61-year-old faces growing calls to leave the 31-bedroom house after he settled his rape case with Virginia Roberts earlier this week.

The Queen’s second son said in a letter submitted to the United States District Court he ‘regrets his association’ with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew also agreed to make a ‘substantial donation’ to Ms Giuffre’s charity after the pair agreed an undisclosed out-of-court settlement in her civil sex claim against him.

Prince Andrew could get £7million in compensation from the taxpayer if he is forced out of his grace-and-favour home in Windsor

The Duke of York could rake in the huge sum if he forfeits the £30million Royal Lodge, documents show

Documents, seen by the Sun, revealed despite the setbacks of recent weeks the Prince could still rake in £7million from the sale of Royal Lodge.

The NAO report says the Royal cannot ‘gain financially from any increase in the value of the property’ and the cash would be pumped back into the Crown Estate.

But it points out he would be set to receive ‘compensation in respect of the refurbishment costs’.

It says: ‘The maximum compensation of just under £7million is subject to annual reductions over the first 25 years of the lease, so that at the end of that period, there is nil compensation payable.’

The Duke forked out £1million for a 75-year lease in 2003 when he took over the property previously inhabited by his grandmother.

The mansion, set in 40 hectares of woodland and lawns, would be worth around £30million today.

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, aged 17, and Ghislaine Maxwell at Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London, Britain on March 13, 2001

Demands for Buckingham Palace to reveal how Andrew will pay for his £12million sexual abuse lawsuit intensified last night after royal aides refused to say whether it will be partly funded by the Queen 

The Queen personally made a £2million to Virginia Roberts’ charity as part of Prince Andrew’s £12m settlement, according to reports

By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter for MailOnline 

A Labour MP has said he intends to seek assurances in Parliament that public money will not be used to pay for the Duke of York’s settlement with Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

Andy McDonald said he would raise the issue when MPs return to Westminster next week following their half-term break.

‘This is a person of very high profile involved in a case where his position of authority and privilege has been allegedly abused and it is an enormous sum of money,’ he told BBC Newsnight.

‘We don’t know the precise figure but there is a risk that this will be at the public’s expense so we need to have that resolved. We need to know exactly where this money is coming from.

‘I am going to take the opportunity to raise this issue in Parliament because the issue isn’t going to go away until people have that information and receive assurances that public money is not going to be used to in any way contribute to the settlement.’

MailOnline understands that Mr McDonald will likely raise it with a minister at Cabinet Office questions in the Commons.  

 Royal author Angela Levin said: ‘Losing Royal Lodge is a marvellous idea and if he can walk away with some money, it makes it more enticing. He should be obliged to do that.’

She added: ‘Charles has asked him to be invisible. He has an opportunity to change and live out of sight.’

It comes as the Duke of York prepares to celebrate his 62nd birthday tomorrow but faces the prospect of being banned from the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service.

Andrew is likely to have a low-key event to mark the anniversary following a dramatic week that confirmed he will never return to royal duties after he reached an out of court settlement in his sexual assault civil case.

The Royal Family publicly severed its ties with the duke when the Queen stripped him of his remaining patronages and military affiliations in January.

But in a sign of his future status, Andrew may be denied access to the service of thanksgiving for Philip which will be held at Westminster Abbey on March 29, according to lawyer Mark Stephens.

Mr Stephens, an international reputation lawyer from the law firm Howard Kennedy, said: ‘The settlement has drawn a line under further humiliation of him but there’s no way back for him now. I think a bellweather of that is it’s very unlikely he will attend his father’s memorial.

‘Obviously he’s been present at his father’s funeral and he took the opportunity to command the cameras at that and I think the royal family will not allow that to happen a second time.

‘I think they understand that he is toxic and if he goes to these events it will be seen as a tacit approval and so, whilst it’s quite hard, the royal family can’t be seen to have him at things like the memorial.’

In another development, councillors in York have said they are taking steps to remove the duke’s freedom of the city.

Andrew was given the Honorary Freedom of the City of York in 1987 but Liberal Democrats, who form the largest group on City of York Council, said a motion to begin the process of removing the honour will be submitted at the next full council meeting on March 24.

The motion will also call for the prince to relinquish his title as Duke of York in the wake of the settlement of his legal battle with Ms Roberts.

The long and sordid saga that ended with royal outcast Andrew settling rape lawsuit: From meeting Epstein to being accused of raping his ‘sex slave’ and THAT Pizza Express alibi 

By Rory Tingle and James Robinson for MailOnline 

It has been more than two decades since Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein first crossed paths.

That meeting would set in motion years of damaging allegations, embarrassing interviews and eventually a US lawsuit against the Queen’s third son.

Over the next 23 years, Epstein would go on to abuse and sex traffic young girls across the world on his private jet with his madame Ghislaine Maxwell – the woman who would introduce the financier to Prince Andrew – by his side.

Though he would go on to take his own life in prison while awaiting trial for his sex trafficking crimes, and ultimately robbing his victims of justice, the fallout would continue for those around him.

Maxwell would end up in a US prison, herself found guilty of sex trafficking for Epstein, while Prince Andrew would face accusations of sexual assault by one Epstein victim, Virginia Giuffre.

Determined to clear his name, Prince Andrew would agree to a toe-curling BBC in which he claimed he couldn’t have had sex with Ms Giuffre, because he was at Pizza Express at the time.

But Giuffre would continue to pursue the royal, eventually launching a US civil case against him – which has now ended in a settlement.

Here MailOnline takes a look at the sordid saga, from start to finish: 

1999: Andrew first meets Epstein, reportedly introduced through his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.

Andrew welcomes Epstein to the Queen’s private Scottish retreat in Aberdeenshire. Andrew later says he sees Epstein ‘infrequently’, adding ‘probably no more than only once or twice a year’.

2000: Andrew and Ms Maxwell are seen on holiday with Epstein at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Epstein and Ms Maxwell attend a party at Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen to mark Andrew’s 40th birthday, the Princess Royal’s 50th, the Queen Mother’s 100th and Princess Margaret’s 70th.

2001: Virginia Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew ‘three times, including one orgy’, with the first encounter allegedly taking place in Ms Maxwell’s London townhouse after they met at the Tramp nightclub on March 10. Recalling the alleged meeting, Andrew was said to be ‘sweating profusely’.  

Virginia Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew ‘three times, including one orgy’, with the first encounter allegedly taking place in Ms Maxwell’s London townhouse after they met at the Tramp nightclub on March 10. Recalling the alleged meeting, Andrew was said to be ‘sweating profusely’

The Duke would later claim in his infamous BBC interview that this could have never happened because he was at a children’s party at a branch of Pizza Express in Woking. In the same interview he says he has a medical condition after being shot at during the Falklands War that left him ‘unable to sweat’ because Ms Roberts, who was 17 at the time, claimed that they danced together and he had been ‘sweating profusely’ 

Ms Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew on two more occasions, at Epstein’s New York home and at an ‘orgy’ on his private island in the Caribbean.

2008: Epstein admits prostituting minors and is sentenced to 18 months in prison.

2010: Epstein is released from jail. Andrew is photographed with the disgraced Epstein in New York’s Central Park.

Footage emerges years later, reportedly shot on December 6 2010, showing him inside Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, from where he is seen looking out from a large door of the property waving a woman goodbye after Epstein leaves to get into a chauffeur-driven car.

2011: The duke quits his role as UK trade envoy after the fallout from the Central Park photos.

2015: Buckingham Palace denies Andrew has committed any impropriety after he is named in US court documents related to Epstein. A woman, later named in reports as Ms Roberts, alleges in papers filed in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the state.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Andrew, in his first public engagement since he was embroiled in the allegations, responds, saying: ‘Firstly I think I must, and want, for the record, to refer to the events that have taken place in the last few weeks. I just wish to reiterate, and to reaffirm, the statements that have already been made on my behalf by Buckingham Palace.’

In April the claims against Andrew are struck from US civil court records following a federal judge’s ruling.

Newly released legal documents show that Johanna Sjoberg, another alleged Epstein victim, claims Andrew touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the US billionaire’s Manhattan apartment in 2001. Buckingham Palace denies the allegations

2019: Newly released legal documents show that Johanna Sjoberg, another alleged Epstein victim, claims Andrew touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the US billionaire’s Manhattan apartment in 2001.

Buckingham Palace says the allegations are ‘categorically untrue’. Epstein is found dead in his jail cell on August 10, having killed himself after being charged with sex trafficking.

Later that month a pilot on Epstein’s private jet claims Andrew was a passenger on past flights with the financier and Ms Roberts.

The Sun newspaper reported that David Rodgers said in a testimony released in August that Epstein, Andrew and the-then 17-year-old travelled to the US Virgin Islands on April 11 2001.

Buckingham Palace describes the evidence statement as having ‘a number of inconsistencies’ and said that Andrew was on a different continent in some cases.

Following Epstein’s death, a statement from the palace says that Andrew is ‘appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes’.

Breaking his silence on the issue for the first time since 2015, Andrew then releases a statement on August 24 saying: ‘At no stage during the limited time I spent with him (Epstein) did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.’

On November 16, the prince gives a ‘disastrous’ BBC interview in which he speaks about his friendship with Epstein and addresses allegations of his own sexual conduct.

On November 16, the prince gives a ‘disastrous’ BBC interview in which he speaks about his friendship with Epstein and addresses allegations of his own sexual conduct

He faced a barrage of criticism following his television appearance, with the royal accused of a lack of empathy with Epstein’s victims.

During the interview, Andrew, questioned by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, twice stated his relationship with Epstein, who died in jail while facing sex trafficking charges, had some ‘seriously beneficial outcomes’, giving him the opportunity to meet people and prepare for a future role as a trade envoy.

The royal maintained he did not recall meeting Ms Roberts and did not spend time with her at Tramp Nightclub in London on March 10 in 2001 after which she claims the pair first had sex.

The duke denies sleeping with her on three separate occasions, saying the encounter in 2001 did not happen as he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice to Pizza Express in Woking for a party, and they spent the rest of the day together.

The duke denies sleeping with her on three separate occasions, saying the encounter in 2001 did not happen as he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice to Pizza Express in Woking for a party, and they spent the rest of the day together.

He also said a medical condition after being shot at during the Falklands War left him ‘unable to sweat’ because Ms Roberts, who was 17 at the time, claimed that they danced together and he had been ‘sweating profusely’. 

The Duke of York said: ‘I was with the children and I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at I suppose sort of 4 or 5 in the afternoon.

‘And then because the Duchess was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other one is there.

‘I was on terminal leave at the time from the Royal Navy so therefore I was at home.’ 

However he continues to strongly deny any wrongdoing and claims he has never even met Ms Roberts, now a mother-of-three living in Australia who goes by her married name, Virginia Giuffre. 

Following the disastrous interview, which is widely panned, Prince Andrew announces in November that he will step back from frontline royal duties for the ‘foreseeable future’. A number of companies with association to the prince step back. 

He says at the time he deeply sympathises with sex offender Epstein’s victims and everyone who ‘wants some form of closure’. 

2020: With the Covid pandemic occupying much of the news and the minds of the British public, Prince Andrew has the chance to lie low, which he does, in Windsor Castle. 

Andrew hires Gary Bloxsome, a UK criminal defence solicitor, early in the year, just weeks after his car-crash Newsnight interview. 

Despite him lying low, talk continues to flow in newspapers like The Telegraph and The Times that he is planning a ‘rebranding’ and hopes to one day return to frontline royal duties.

He is praised by one senior palace aide for not appearing in official wedding photographs at the marriage of his daughter Princess Beatrice to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. One said it shows a ‘level of maturity’ from Prince Andrew.

Prince Andrew is praised by one senior palace aide for not appearing in official wedding photographs at the marriage of his daughter Princess Beatrice to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. One said it shows a ‘level of maturity’ from Prince Andrew

However, despite attempting to keep a low-profile, the headlines continue for Prince Andrew. 

In February the US attorney for the Southern District of New York claims prosecutors and the FBI had repeatedly contacted the Duke of York’s lawyers to follow up on his previous pledge that he was ‘willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency’.

In November, Lisa Bloom, who represents six of Epstein’s alleged victims, cals on Andrew to submit to an interview with the FBI in their investigation into Ghislaine Maxwell. Sources close to Andrew say he is willing to speak to the FBI.

2021:  In August, Virginia Giuffre files a lawsuit in the US against Andrew accusing him of sexual assault. In the civil case she alleges she had sex with Andrew and he was aware of her age.

She also claims hat she was a victim of sex trafficking when she was forced to have sex with him in 2001.

‘I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me. The powerful and the rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions,’ she said in a statement via her lawyers in August that year.

Andrew continues to vehemently denies the claim. He hires US defence attorney Andrew Brettler to represent him. He describes the lawsuit as ‘baseless, non-viable, and possibly unlawful.’

Initially there is some debate over whether Prince Andrew has received the lawsuit. His lawyers claim the royal has not been properly served.

Giuffre’s lawyers claim the legal papers were handed over to a Metropolitan police officer on duty at the main gates of Andrew’s Windsor Great Park home on 27 August. 

David Boies, representing Giuffre, said the complaint had been ‘delivered to the last known address of the defendant’. He added that the documents had also been sent ‘by Royal Mail’.

David Boies, representing Giuffre, said the complaint had been ‘delivered to the last known address of the defendant’. He added that the documents had also been sent ‘by Royal Mail’

A previously secret 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Epstein is raised. Prince Andrew’s lawyers claim the settlement protects the royal from Giuffre lawsuit. The judge agrees to unseal the agreement.

Lawyers for the Duke of York also file a motion claiming Giuffre currently lives in Australia and so the court does not have jurisdiction to hold the lawsuit. But her lawyers argue the civil case was properly filed in Manhattan federal court because she is a citizen of Colorado and some of the sexual misconduct she alleges took place in the state of New York.

Meanwhile, a jury in New York finds Epstein’s former madame Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of sex-trafficking.

The British socialist is also found guilty of conspiracy to entice individuals under the age of 17 to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity, conspiracy to transport individuals under the age of 17 to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity; transportation of an individual under the age of 17 with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity; and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of individuals under the age of 18. 

A jury in New York finds Epstein’s former madame Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured in a court sketch) guilty of sex-trafficking.

On December 30, Giuffre hits back. Her legal team ask the prince’s lawyers to prove he cannot sweat in a court filing. The request is made in relation to Prince Andrew’s claims in his disastrous 2019 Newsnight interview.

In the filing, it says: ‘If Prince Andrew truly has no documents concerning his communications with Maxwell or Epstein, his travel to Florida, New York, or various locations in London, his alleged medical inability to sweat, or anything that would support the alibis he gave during his BBC interview, then continuing with discovery will not be burdensome to him at all’.

2022: The 2009 agreement between Giuffre and Epstein is unsealed. It shows Giuffre settled with Epstein for $500,000. In the settlement, Giuffre is show to agree not to go after ‘other potential defendants,’ defined as ‘second parties’. But it does not specifically name Prince Andrew. His legal team say he is included under ‘other potential defendants’ and ask the judge to throw out the case.

Alongside attempting to use the Epstein agreement to shield Prince Andrew, his legal team claim Giuffre hadn’t sufficiently alleged any violations of the New York Penal Code.

They also argued that Giuffre’s allegations would have been time-barred by the statute of limitations if not for the 2019 New York Child Victims Act, which they labeled ‘unconstitutional’ and that Giuffre’s allegations in her complaint were not sufficiently detailed.

But in a major blow to Prince Andrew case, a New York judge throws out his legal challenge to dismiss the lawsuit and rules it can go ahead. 

A day later, the Queen strips Andrew of a range of military affiliations and royal patronages after more than 150 veterans write to describe their ‘upset and anger’. 

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