Prince William unveils plans for royal properties as uncertainty over Prince Andrew's home ramps up

Prince Andrew and Prince William

The Prince of Wales visited Europe’s largest climate tech hub today

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 05/10/2023

- 20:21

Updated: 06/10/2023

- 07:45

The Prince of Wales visited Europe’s largest climate tech hub today

Prince William has indicated that he's keen for royal residences to become more environmentally friendly, right as crunch talks over Prince Andrew's property have taken place.

The Prince of Wales visitedSustainable Ventures, Europe’s largest climate tech hub at London’s County Hall today.

The future King wanted to hear more about the work they are doing to help small businesses scale up.

The prince is currently preparing for the Earthshot Prize Awards, which celebrates members of the public for their sustainable efforts.

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Among the businesses William met today was ENSO Tyres, which makes environmentally friendly tyres for electric cars.

They are a finalist in this year’s Earthshot Prize Awards, which will take place in November in Singapore.

William expressed his interest in royal residences becoming more environmentally friendly, particularly on energy loss, during a conversation with Satellite Vu which tracks thermal energy from space.

Andrew Wordsworth, the Managing Partner of Sustainable Ventures said: “The Prince of Wales is known for his dedication to sustainability.


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Prince William at London headquarters of Sustainable Ventures


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Prince William is currently prepping for the Earthshot Prize Awards


“It’s inspiring for Sustainable Ventures’ members to know that someone of his influence understands that they need to scale to have impact in the next decade.

“He has shown by his actions that we need optimistic solutions in a world dominated by negative headlines.”

Royal Lodge is one royal residence currently making headlines, due to the uncertainty around Prince Andrew staying there indefinitely.

The property urgently needs repairs, amid reports that the Duke of York has already spent £200,000 on a new roof.

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Prince William with staff member from ENSO


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Prince Andrew has lived in Royal Lodge since 2003


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Prince William visited Europe's largest climate tech hub today


The Duke of York signed a 75-year lease on the property in 2003 and continues to live there with his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.

However, now that Andrew is no longer a working royal, the King reportedly met with his younger brother in August to thrash out the details about where he could continue to live.

Although Andrew does not need to immediately vacate the property, it is unlikely he will be able to stay there "long term" according to a royal insider.

This has left the duke in an uncertain position about the current status of his home.

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