King Charles evicts brother Andrew from Buckingham Palace after Epstein scandal
King Charles has "evicted" his disgraced brother Prince Andrew from Buckingham Palace after the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
The Duke of York, 62, is no longer allowed to have an office in the main royal building, nor to use it as a corresponding address, according to reports.
He is thought to have had a team of skeleton staff at the Palace, who now face losing their jobs following King Charles' decision.
Prince Andrew officially stepped away from royal duties three years ago after he was embroiled in a scandal when he was accused of sexual assault in a US civil case brought by Virginia Giuffre.
Andrew vehemently denied the accusation, and settled the case out of court in February, paying out an undisclosed figure believed to be as high as £12 million.
He's said to be intent on trying to repair his reputation by employing a new communications team, but it won't be based in Buckingham Palace.
A source told the Sun: “Any presence at the Palace is officially over. The King has made it clear. He isn’t a working royal. He’s on his own.”
OK! has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.
As the Jeffrey Epstein scandal engulfed him, Prince Andrew was stripped of his HRH title, and also forced to return his military affiliations and Royal patronages to the then-Queen Elizabeth.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "With the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
"The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."
On Wednesday, his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards was gifted to Camilla Queen Consort, wife of King Charles.
In a further blow, the Home Office has also stripped him of his £3million-a-year, 24-hour armed security, leaving the Royal Household to pick up the tab.
Prince Andrew still resides in the Royal Lodge on the Windsor Estate, a home which he shares, somewhat unconventionally with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.
Despite the drama surrounding him, Prince Andrew is expected to join the royal family on Christmas Day at Sandringham, a tradition loved and upheld by the late Queen.
The royal family usually does a royal walkabout on the estate after a service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the day itself, but it's unclear whether Andrew will be join his relatives.
King Charles' security team are said to have ordered an urgent review amid fears of public protests during the King and Queen Consort's walkabout on Christmas Day.
His team are said to be concerned after a number of recent incidents in which eggs were hurled at Charles on two separate occasions by protesters in York and Luton as he walked around, which came less than a year after a man allegedly got into Windsor Castle with a loaded crossbow last Christmas Day.
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