King Charles’ fresh snub to Prince Andrew who ‘tried to get £32k Indian healer guru expensed on Privy Purse’ but was denied
- Prince Andrew’s expense claim for £32k-a-year yogi rejected by King Charles
- Source said King reportedly ‘thought his brother was having a laugh’
King Charles has reportedly given a fresh snub to his brother Prince Andrew by refusing to pay for a £32,000 annual bill for an Indian healer guru.
The Duke of York submitted the expense claim to the Privy Purse – the King’s private income which is mostly from the Duchy of Lancaster – and it is said that he thought it would be signed off without challenge.
However the King has told his brother that he will have to pay for the guru’s services out of his own pocket.
Andrew, 63, has been a client of the Indian healer’s for a few years, sources told the Sun newspaper.
He is reported to treat the Prince with chanting, massages and holistic therapy in Andrew’s grace-and-favour mansion. And it is believed that he lives at the £30million Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park for up to a month.
King Charles (right) has reportedly given a fresh snub to his brother Prince Andrew (left) by refusing to pay for a £32,000 annual bill for an Indian healer guru
The guru is reported to treat the Prince with chanting, massages and holistic therapy in Andrew’s grace-and-favour mansion, the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park (pictured)
Before her death in September, the expenses bill was footed by Charles’ and Andrew’s mother the late Queen.
But the around £24million annual income from the Duchy of Lancaster is now the King’s alone.
A source told the Sun that the treatment is ‘very expensive’ and that while the late monarch was ‘happy to indulge her son over the years’ the King is ‘far less inclined’ to fund Andrew’s extravagances especially considering the cost-of-living crisis.
Continuing, the source said that struggling families would not be happy with such large sums of money being paid to provide holistic treatment non-working royal.
They said that the King ‘thought his brother was having a laugh’ when he saw Andrew’s expense claim to the Privy Purse for the healer.
It was reported that historically expense claims like these would be signed off ‘no questions asked’ but in Charles’ era this is changing.
The Duke had his royal roles taken off him by the Queen last year after sex abuse claims made by Virginia Giuffre.
Andrew, 63, has been a client of the Indian healer’s for a few years, sources told the Sun newspaper (stock photo)
Andrew told friends last month that he will not be able to afford the upkeep at Royal Lodge in Windsor when Charles slashes his annual £249,000 grant is slashed from April. And he and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 63, could now face being evicted from the Royal Lodge.
But Prince Harry and Meghan’s Windsor home Frogmore Cottage, which they are set to be evicted from, has been offered to the Andrew.
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker told the Sun that the bill was an ‘outrageous use’ of what is effectively taxpayers’ money.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment when approached by the Sun.