‘King Charles hasn’t ostracised Andrew so he doesn’t appear vindictive’, says expert

Following on from suggestions that King Charles hoped to have the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York relocate from Royal Lodge to the slightly smaller Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate, it appears that the plans have been "shelved".

The Times reports that the couple – who finalised their divorce in 1996 – will be staying put in the seven-bedroom home for some time to come after the King asked Prince Harry and Meghan to remove the remainder of their possessions from Frogmore Cottage earlier this year.

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond feels that the King's idea to let the issue over residences lie for a while is a smart move.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, Jennie said: "The last thing the King needs is headlines suggesting that he is vindictive or heartless and, since Sarah‘s breast cancer news, that is certainly how evicting them from Royal Lodge could look.

"The fact is no one else really needs Royal Lodge at the moment; indeed, the family have too many properties, which is not a good look. William and Catherine seem happy enough in Adelaide Cottage (plus Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall) and of course there is the option of Frogmore Cottage.

"And, although the publicity around Andrew’s friendship with Epstein rumbles on — constantly threatening to erupt into a further scandal— he and Charles are brothers.

"And the King has made it clear that Andrew and Sarah are welcome at family occasions. He has not ostracised them and I think he has decided to let the issue of Royal Lodge quietly disappear for the time being, especially while Sarah recovers from her mastectomy."

It is understood that both Prince Andrew and Sarah have been invited to spend the summer holidays with the Royal Family in Balmoral this year and are staying in the late Queen's favourite residence of Craigowan Lodge.

Craigowan Lodge is a rustic stone cottage located about a mile from Balmoral Castle that was loved by Queen Victoria.

It is also well-known that the late monarch would sneak off to the home for some quiet time, only inviting her closest relatives such as her niece Lady Sarah Chatto.

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