An­drew ‘in dan­ger of los­ing’ his man­sion...

Sunday Express - - LONDON BRIDGE TERROR ATTACK - By David Wil­liamson

PRINCE An­drew faces los­ing his royal man­sion or be­ing made to pay the mar­ket rate for it, ac­cord­ing to a former mem­ber of Par­lia­ment’s Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee.

The 59-year-old – who was forced to give up front­line royal du­ties af­ter crit­i­cism of his friend­ship with sex of­fender Jef­frey Ep­stein – lives in Royal Lodge, the Queen Mother’s former res­i­dence in wind­sor.

In 2003, the Duke of York agreed a 75-year lease on the 30-room man­sion with a one-off pay­ment of £1mil­lion to the Crown Es­tate.

This equates to around £250 a week.

But Chris Evans, a former mem­ber of West­min­ster watch­dog the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee, now wants MPS to in­ves­ti­gate the dis­graced prince’s fi­nances.

A £13mil­lion Swiss ski lodge An­drew bought with his exwife Sarah Fer­gu­son could also come un­der scru­tiny.

Mr Evans, who is stand­ing for re­elec­tion as the Labour MP for Islwyn in South Wales, said “se­ri­ous ques­tions” needed to be asked about the prince’s “fabulous in­come”.

He added: “I think [the lease] should be looked at and it should be put at mar­ket rate – £250 a week for that type of place is very small beer.

“I hope that in the next Par­lia­ment, who­ever the mem­bers of the new Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee are, they will look at that forth­with.

“Se­ri­ous ques­tions have to be asked about where Prince An­drew’s wealth comes from.

“The books need to be opened up and he needs to start telling peo­ple where this fabulous in­come is com­ing from.”

An­drew’s 99-acre es­tate in Wind­sor Great Park in­cludes sev­eral other cot­tages.

A 2005 Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice report said the lease was not of­fered up to the wider mar­ket be­cause of the prop­erty’s “sen­si­tive lo­ca­tion” and “se­cu­rity con­cerns sur­round­ing the Royal Fam­ily’s ac­cess to the Royal Chapel”. It also stated the Crown Es­tate thought it was “ap­pro­pri­ate” for the prop­erty to re­main within the Royal Fam­ily.

The report claimed that if An­drew ter­mi­nated the lease within the first 25 years, the Crown Es­tate could be re­quired to com­pen­sate him for any money he has spent re­fur­bish­ing the prop­erty.

The watch­dog re­ported that the spend had ex­ceeded £7.5mil­lion.

Last night, a spokes­woman for the Duke of York said: “We do not com­ment on pri­vate mat­ters re­gard­ing mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily.”

An­drew has faced in­tense scru­tiny over his re­la­tion­ship with Ep­stein, who took his own life in Au­gust.

The first UK tele­vi­sion in­ter­view with Vir­ginia Roberts – now Gi­uf­fre – who says she was forced to have sex with the prince when she was just 17, will be broad­cast on BBC’S Panorama tomorrow.

An­drew has de­nied the claims and said he could not even re­call meet­ing her, de­spite a photo of him with the teenager be­ing widely cir­cu­lated.

‘Se­ri­ous ques­tions have to be asked’

PALA­TIAL: Royal Lodge in Wind­sor Great Park

SCAN­DAL: An­drew and Vir­ginia Roberts in 2001

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