Prince Andrew did not receive a public greeting from the palace on his 63rd birthday. The Royal Family's official Twitter account, which is usually used to congratulate members of the royal family, was silent on Sunday afternoon about King Charles III's brother. The palace and the government had already distanced themselves last year.
The Sun tabloid reported on Sunday that Andrew could soon lose his royal residence in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Charles wants to cut his brother's £249,000 (€279,740) annual subsidy from April. This left Andrew without the funds for the expensive upkeep of the Royal Lodge, where he lives with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. That would leave him with nothing but his pension from his time in the Royal Navy.
Entangled in an abuse scandal
"It feels like his brother wants to evict him," the paper quoted a source as saying. Several media had previously reported that Andrew was no longer allowed to maintain a study at Buckingham Palace.
Andrew hardly plays a role in public anymore because of his involvement in an abuse scandal. A year ago, he agreed to a settlement with an American woman who accused him of sexually abusing her several times when she was a minor. The Queen, who died in September, had stripped her second son of his military ranks and patronage.