King Charles ‘refuses to pay enormous sum for Andrew’s Indian guru’
King Charles has delivered a new snub to Prince Andrew by refusing to shell out £32,000 a year to pay his brother’s Indian healing guru, reports say.
The disgraced prince reportedly submitted the expense report to the Privy Purse and expected it to be approved without contest.
But the king reportedly declined his request, instead telling Andrew he had to pay the yoga teacher who lives in the house out of his own pocket.
The Duke of York has been using the yoga teacher for several years, the Sun reports.
The guru lives with Andrew at the Royal Lodge for a month at a time and helps “heal” the prince with chants, massages and holistic therapy, the newspaper reports.
The late Queen signed the expense every year and is said to be happy to indulge in her son’s lifestyle.
But since becoming king, Charles has been trying to spend the palace’s £24,000,000 annual revenue much more sparingly, which he says reflects poorly on the royals in times of austerity.
A source told The Sun: “While the Queen has always been keen to spoil her son over the years, Charles is far less inclined to fund such indulgences, particularly at a time of a cost of living crisis.
“Families are struggling and would rightly stumble at the idea of tens of thousands being paid to an Indian guru to provide holistic treatment to a non-working king living in his mansion of grace.
‘This time the king saw the bill for the healer that Andrew had submitted to the Privy Purse and thought his brother was laughing.’
The news comes days after reports that Andrew could be banned from wearing ceremonial robes for the king’s coronation on May 6.
The Duke of York is said to be furious at being kept “in the dark” over whether he will be allowed to wear flowing velvet robes adorned with glittering insignia denoting his position as “Knight of the Garter”.
Andrew was stripped of his royal titles by the Queen last year after Virginia Guiffre, aged 17, alleged sexual abuse and revealed his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffery Epstein.
The move has banned him from wearing his military uniform at the Queen’s funeral and means he can no longer be called ‘His Royal Highness’ – a symbol of his status as a senior king.
He has also lost access to taxpayer-funded security and is expected to have his £249,000 annual stipend cut by Charles next month.
In January, reports claimed the Duke of York had been forbidden to use his room suite at Buckingham Palace and he would never return.
There are now plans to evict him from his £30,000,000 mansion at Royal Lodge, with the palace reportedly working out a range of options to accommodate him.
The Mirror reports that the monarch will “tempt the Duke of York with houses across the royal portfolio” following his possible eviction from the Royal Lodge.
A royal source told the newspaper: “The King and Duke (of York) have very different ideas about where he (Andrew) should be based, both geographically and in terms of his involvement in family affairs.”
But Andrew isn’t ready to go down without a fight, as sources say he may now give another historic investigative interview to clear his name.
A source close to Prince Andrew told the Mirror: “Nothing is off the table.
“Andrew was made to leave his job and now possibly his home.”
The source added that he feels he has “little to lose” and that the prince believes he has already “paid a terribly high price”.
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