After settling his civil sex abuse case with his accuser Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew now has to pay up.
The settlement is said to run into millions of pounds – and reports today suggest that Andrew’s older brother Prince Charles is lending him some of the money.
According to the Sun, he is allowing the Duke of York to borrow £7million with others including the Queen also chipping in with their private cash.
Speaking on the decision to loan Andrew the money, a source told the newspaper that family discussions took place about how to “take a little from here and a little from there”.
Andrew will reportedly pay his brother and the Queen back when he gets his cash from the sale of his ski chalet in Verbier, Switzerland, which could take two months.
But despite Charles, seemingly assisting his younger brother, the pair have had a rocky relationship in the past.
Despite being brothers, the pair had very different upbringings and have also had very different adult lives.
And it appears there have been several incidents – partly driven by Charles’ desire for a slimmed-down Monarchy – that have proven there has been tension between them…
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Charles is the eldest son of the Queen and the late Prince Philip with his birth coming in 1948.
Andrew was born in 1960 – meaning there is an age gap of 12 years, so the pair didn’t really grow up together.
But despite having the same parents, it seems that Charles and Andrew had very different experiences growing up.
Experts believe the Queen has long felt the weight of raising Charles to be the next king – but with Andrew, she is said to have a far more hands-on relationship.
Royal author Katie Nicholl told the documentary: “There is a real tension between Charles and Andrew. Andrew has a very different relationship with his mother and the Queen was much more hands-on.”
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell added: “Andrew has always been the Queen’s favorite son and he has never done anything wrong in her eyes.”
While journalist Penny Junor said: “I think the Queen has always had a bit of a blind spot when it comes to Prince Andrew.”
In the 1980s, both Princes were granted grand weddings when they wed their respective ex-wives – Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson.
Diana and Sarah knew each other before becoming royal, and their bond tightened when they joined The Firm, often pictured chatting at events such as Ascot and Wimbledon.
They even took their children on skiing holidays together with Fergie frequently describing Diana as her best friend.
This meant Charles and Andrew also spent a lot of time together, with royal expert Katie Nicholl noting the brothers had “more companionship between them at that stage in their life than perhaps at any other.”
However, neither marriage lasted and both were divorced by 1996.
As heir to the throne, Charles has spent his entire life preparing for the day he takes to the throne to become King.
And it’s long been reported that he plans for a slimmed-down monarchy with a team of seven senior royals – that doesn’t include Prince Andrew or his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
This came to a head in 2011, when Beatrice and Eugenie were stripped of their 24-hour taxpayer-funded security.
And one royal expert said Charles was forced to intervene in the debate about funding for Beatrice and Eugenie’s security after it caused a row behind palace walls.
It is thought the heir to the throne stepped in after the younger of his children racked up huge security costs as she traveled the world on her gap year.
A report published at the time suggested Eugenie spent more than £100,000 of taxpayers’ money as she explored India, America, Thailand and South Africa.
Charles reportedly stepped in to control the spending, with royal author Angela Levin telling the program Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses? I have suggested the sisters didn’t need costly security as it’s unlikely they will ever become working royals.
But Charles’s suggestion didn’t go down well and is said to have left Andrew furious.
Meanwhile another incident between the brothers also reportedly left Andrew angry.
It came in 2012 when the Queen was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and an appearance by the royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony was planned.
It was reported that Charles had a hand in the decision for only senior royals, such as the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, to appear on the balcony – leaving Andrew dismayed.
Royal expert Richard Kay wrote in the Daily Mail in 2012: “For Andrew, according to one close figure, being excluded from the balcony scene was a sudden and totally unexpected demotion from front-rank to peripheral royal. It was ‘like a dagger to his heart and he hasn’t got over it’.
“But this was a dramatic statement of intent by Charles, who long ago decided that when he is king the Royal Family would be ‘slimmed down’.
“But as a friend of the Duke of York says: ‘The speed and suddenness with which Charles has acted has taken Andrew’s breath away. It’s dreadfully high-handed.'”
Last year, Virginia Giuffre began the process of suing Andrew in a civil case in New York for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. Andrew vehemently denies all allegations.
While waiting for the case to come up in court, Buckingham Palace announced that Andrew would not undertake any public duties and that his military associations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
Charles is said to have had a hand in the decision to remove Andrew’s titles – along with his son William.
And royal expert Robert Jobson said they had no other choice.
He told the Mirror: “Prince Andrew will be devastated at the way he has been cut adrift by the royal family.
“But the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William – the main players in this shocking move – will feel they had no choice.”
After Buckingham Palace’s announcement, a reporter asked Charles a question about Andrew, but he didn’t answer.
Settling the case
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Last month, the news came that Andrew and Virginia Giuffre had come to an out-of-court deal – and that the case would not proceed to trial.
And according to sources, it was Charles along with the Queen who put “substantial pressure” on Andrew to settle the case.
The Firm is said to have wanted a settlement agreed so the case did not overshadow the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Well placed royal sources previously said Andrew was under “intense pressure from the very top” to ensure a deal was done after a US judge rejected the duke’s bid to have the case dismissed.
Her Majesty took advice from Charles and William who were summoned to meet her at Windsor Castle minutes after Andrew broke the news. A source said: “It was made absolutely crystal clear to Andrew he has to sort this mess out.
“It would have been unthinkable for the case to have reached trial under the glare of the international media.
“It has been a disaster from the start and everyone was in agreement it had not only destroyed his reputation but had the capacity to seriously damage that of the monarchy as well. In such an important year for the Queen, enough was enough.”