Prince Charles and Prince Andrew do not have the best relationship. However, the Prince of Wales is willing to lend the Duke of York money for his settlement with Virginia Roberts.
Prince Charles Supports Prince Andrew In His Sexual Assault Settlement
Last month, the Duke of York agreed to settle the sexual abuse lawsuit against him filed by Virginia Roberts. He agreed to pay her an undisclosed amount, which according to Daily Mail could reach up to £12million ($15.7 million).
Prince Andrew denied the allegations and insisted on his innocence. However, he decided to settle the case.
Prince Charles will reportedly loan his younger brother up to £12million ($9.1 million). Prince Andrew was reportedly only given 10 days to pay Roberts. The Duke of York will reportedly pay back his older brother when he sells his ski chalet in Verbier, Switzerland.
"There were family discussions about how to 'take a little from here and a little from there,'" a source told The Sun. "Once it (money from the chalet) hits his bank account, he can pay back his brother and whoever else has lent him money. But that payment (to Virginia) has to be paid on time."
Prince Charles And Prince Andrew's Relationship Examined
Prince Charles is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. According to royal experts, the mother and son were not that close because the Queen was busy with her royal duties while the Prince of Wales was growing up.
Meanwhile, some sources claimed Prince Andrew is the Queen's favorite son. The two princes have a 12-year gap and had different experiences growing up.
The Queen raised the Princ of Wales as the future king. However, the Duke of York enjoyed a more hands-on relationship.
"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," royal biographer Katie Nicholl said in a documentary, per Mirror.
Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, confirmed that Prince Andrew is the Queen's favorite son. According to him, the duke "has never done anything wrong in her eyes." Journalist Penny Junor seemed to share the same opinion saying, the Queen "has always had a bit of a blind spot when it comes to Prince Andrew."
According to reports, Prince Charles plans to slim down the monarchy when he takes over the throne. Some members of the family, including Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not make the cut.
Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield told Insider that the slim-down monarchy would only include a few members, including Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and the Cambridge kids. Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne will still be part of it.
"While these are all individuals that will be out in the future representing the crown, I think Charles will try to draw attention to himself, Camilla, and the Cambridge family as the future of the monarchy," Schofield added.
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