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By DAVID AVERRE
Buckingham Palace issued an eviction notice to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex days after Harry’s memoir Spare – in which he made a series of sensational claims against the Royal Family – hit UK shelves in January, according to The Sun.
Instead, the Palace seeks to replace the pair with the disgraced Duke of York, who currently inhabits the larger Royal Lodge, the paper alleges.
Andrew is said to be resisting the move, but it is said Harry and Meghan will be forced to leave the cottage – their only remaining home in the UK – and fully complete their relocation to the US irrespective of whether Andrew moves in.
The revelation comes with preparations for King Charles’ Coronation in May well underway amid speculation that Prince Harry may not receive an invitation.
MailOnline has contacted Buckingham Palace and Prince Harry’s representatives for comment.
A Royal insider told The Sun of the move: ‘This surely spells the end of Harry and Meghan’s time in the UK.
‘Andrew is resisting the idea of moving into Frogmore Cottage after he was offered it last week.
‘But it shows Harry and Meghan are powerless to stop the eviction.’
Frogmore Cottage, a grace and favour home on the Frogmore Estate in Windsor gifted to The Duke and Duchess by the late Queen in 2018 for their wedding, is the pair’s only remaining residence in the UK.
The cottage is located just a stone’s throw away from Adelaide Cottage – the principal residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
It is more like a mansion, with five bedrooms and sprawling gardens – and underwent a multi-million pound renovation in 2018-2019 before Harry and Meghan moved in.
It had previously been five separate properties for staff working on the Windsor Estate.
The whole renovation famously cost the Sovereign Grant £2.4million.
Harry and Meghan most recently renewed their lease on the property in May 2022, after Princess Eugenie and her partner – who moved in following the Duke and Duchess’ 2020 departure – vacated the estate in a move to Portugal.
The pair are understood to be pressing ahead with their move to Montecito, California, but it is unknown whether they plan to fight the reported eviction.
It comes at a fragile time for Harry and Meghan who have seen their popularity ratings in the US drop significantly since the release of Spare.
News of their eviction comes days before Harry is expected to take part in an ‘intimate’ livestream chat with physician, author and addiction expert Gabor Maté to promote his memoir Spare.
More than a month after the release of the book royal fans can sign up to watch the Duke of Sussex discussing it with Dr Maté, and will also receive a free copy of Spare as well as the opportunity to submit questions to the prince.
The event, organised in collaboration with Harry’s publishers Penguin Random House, will take place at 5pm UK time on Saturday March 4.
The pair are expected to talk about ‘living with loss and the importance of personal healing’, followed by a live Q and A.
Prince Andrew meanwhile is said to remain ‘resolute’ in his desire to remain at the Royal Lodge – a much larger property in Windsor.
But he may be forced to leave if his older brother decides to cut down the annual £249,000 grant that helps the Duke of York maintain the Lodge’s upkeep.
Royal experts have said the prince must face up to reality and start ‘living within his means’ after he settled out of court with sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre following a multi-million-pound payment.
Socialite Lady Victoria Hervey claimed last week that Charles could also seek to reduce Andrew’s yearly grant out of jealousy.
Speaking on GB News on Friday, Lady Victoria said: ‘I think Charles, as the older brother, has always been a bit jealous of him [Prince Andrew]. He had a very successful military career for 20 years.
‘I’ve heard that he’s always been jealous of him. So as soon as the Queen has gone, the daggers are out.’
Referring specifically to the lodge at Windsor, Lady Victoria said: ‘They’ve got time.
‘But Charles has inherited how much money and yet, he can’t help his brother out?
‘Prince Andrew was made to settle [with Virginia Guiffre], he didn’t have a choice, and then as soon as he was made to do it, they then just took everything else away, little by little.’
There is mounting speculation Andrew may be forced out of Royal Lodge as part of Charles’ plan to cut royal costs. With a row brewing, Andrew has indicated he won’t leave without a fight – but he has been ‘selfish’ by critics.
Incredibly he has a 60-plus year lease on the 30-room property and reportedly pays £250-a-week for it, which former MP Norman Baker, an expert on royal finances, told MailOnline ‘wouldn’t get you a cupboard in London‘.
Mr Baker said: ‘It’s time Andrew started living within his means rather than expecting other people to subsidise his luxurious lifestyle.
‘If he can’t pay a commercial rent for the property with his own money, he should be evicted and relocate to somewhere much smaller. The taxpayer is subsidising him.’