Since 2004, Prince Andrew has lived at Royal Lodge, a massive 30-bedroom mansion near Windsor Castle, and now shares the sprawling estate with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, with whom he has an unusual living arrangement.
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The Queen has an extensive property portfolio with huge houses located throughout the country.
And one of them is just over three miles from Windsor Castle and played an important role in his childhood.
Called the Royal Lodge, the mansion is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 17th century and was once the beloved home of the Queen Mother.
It is now home to the queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, who has an unusual living arrangement there with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.
Here we take a look inside…
Royal Lodge dates back to the mid-17th century, but it wasn’t until the mid-1930s that it gained its first royal residents, according to MyLondon.
In 1931, it was given to George VI and the Queen Mother, the then Duke and Duchess of York, as a weekend retreat.
The Queen Mother made a number of additions to the property and it also features a Wendy’s mini cottage or house called Y Bwthyn Bach, which was gifted to the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, in 1932.
Even after the King’s death in 1952, the Queen Mother still used it as a home of grace and favor until she died there in March 2002 with the Queen at her side.
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Following the death of the Queen Mother, Royal Lodge was leased to Prince Andrew.
Along with the main house, the lease included Gardener’s Cottage, Chapel Lodge, six Lodge Cottages, police security accommodation, and a whopping 40 hectares of land.
He was asked to pay for the renovations himself, which was reported to be around £7.5m.
In 2004, he moved into the Royal Lodge with his two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and soon after, so did his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.
Fergie, 61, married Andrew in 1986, however things didn’t work out due to her busy schedule and they split in 1991.
In an interview last year, Sarah explained the couple’s decision to continue living at Royal Lodge when in the UK.
She told the Sunday Times: “I travel a lot and have always been able to make it my home wherever I am. If I stay in a hotel, I have the same family photographs and scented candles all around me.”
“When I’m in the UK, I’m lucky enough to stay at Royal Lodge. I wouldn’t call it home because that would be presumptuous,” he added.
Their unusual relationship has even meant that they have been forced to deny that they are back together.
Sarah once told the Daily Mail: “We are the happiest divorced couple in the world. We are divorced from each other, not from each other.”
as it is inside
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The Royal Lodge is said to have a total of 30 rooms, but like most other royal dwellings, very few photos of the interior exist.
Fergie has given a sneak peek of the interior in her YouTube videos and Instagram photos, showing off the sparkling conservatory with its impressive drinks cabinet and rustic dining room.
Princess Eugenie also got a glimpse of one of the rooms as some of the official photos were taken on her wedding day inside the Royal Lodge.
Meanwhile, her Instagram account also took a look at the garden, which has a swing with Eugenie’s name on it.
And some of Princess Beatrice’s wedding photos were also taken on the Royal Lodge grounds.
In 2019, the standard flag was reported to have been removed from the roof after Andrew announced that he was leaving public life.
According to MailOnline, Prince Andrew had previously flown the Duke of York Royal Standard from the flagstaff above Royal Lodge for years whenever he was in residence.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.