Prince Harry's 'declaration of war' behind King's decision to evict duke and Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and King Charles

Meghan and Harry were evicted from Frogmore earlier this year

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 03/10/2023

- 18:12

Updated: 03/10/2023

- 18:11

King Charles ordered Duke and Duchess of Sussex to vacate Frogmore Cottage earlier this year

King Charles evicted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from their home Frogmore Cottage earlier this year, which a royal commentator claimed was due to the Duke of Sussex's "declaration of war".

Richard Fitzwilliams spoke exclusively to GB News about the King's decision, in light of the news that Prince Andrew has been allowed to stay in Royal Lodge.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously lived in Frogmore Cottage as working royals, but they had to vacate the property earlier this year as they live full-time in America.

In contrast, the Duke of York, who has also stepped down from royal duties, has been allowed to stay in his Windsor home, Royal Lodge, despite earlier reports that he could be evicted.

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Fitzwilliams explained King Charles's decision to evict the Sussexes, blaming Harry's publication of his memoir, Spare.

He claimed: “The reason is because Harry is based in Montecito.

"They were evicted from Frogmore, not because they couldn't keep it up, or because there were any problems in that aspect of it.

“It's because Spare was a continuation of the declaration of war on the Royal Family.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan and Harry lived in Frogmore as working royals


Frogmore Cottage

​Frogmore Cottage is located on the Windsor Estate


Prince Andrew, on the other hand, has not launched a public attack on the Royal Family.

Fitzwilliams argued this is key to King Charles's decision to allow him to stay in his Windsor home, which he has lived in since 2003.

The duke signed a 75-year lease for Royal Lodge in 2003 and continues to live with Sarah Ferguson, despite the duo divorcing in 1996.

According to Fitzwilliams, Andrew also appears to be able to afford the necessary repairs which Royal Lodge needs.

Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew is allowed to stay in Royal Lodge


Royal Lodge

Royal Lodge has been Prince Andrew's home since 2003


The commentator added: "Andrew's got to stay somewhere and so does the Duchess of York, with whom he has it seems reasonable relations.

"She is also there and her health has been unkind as we know.

“All the mitigating factors - the fact is simply put clear that if you have a lease, and if you can afford the necessary repairs, the idea that you'd be moved out was never likely.”

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