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Prince Andrew demands mansion 'fit for a king' and disgraced royal wants top role

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Prince Andrew has been lobbying King Charles for a regal estate amid negotiations to vacate his Royal Lodge mansion.The disgraced Duke of York is refusing to give up his palatial 30-bedroom Windsor home after the King told him of planned budget cuts to the royal finances.

According to the Daily Mirror, Andrew, 63, has even pleaded to be given the chance to run some of the most prestigious estates in the Royal Family’s portfolio, such as the late Queen’s beloved Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.

It is believed the Duke begged the King for a “top role”, in the belief the responsibility and prestige of running the properties would offer him a way back into the fold.

One insider said: “Andrew is insisting on having a job despite being made to stand down from his duties and now he’s being kicked out of his home. “He’s of the opinion that he is still a senior member of the family, despite not being a working royal and deserves to be treated as such.“He is prepared to take on the responsibility of a big role running an estate and still thinks he is far too young to retire.“However, the King certainly has a wildly different view to that of his brother and has told him straight, there is no chance of that happening.”The King has resisted all attempts by Andrew and daughters Eugenie and Beatrice, who are also understood to have met His Majesty to fight their father’s case.Despite the King’s insistence that he is not for turning, sources close to Andrew suggest he is prepared to “dig his heels in” after being told he must leave his Royal Lodge home.Andrew’s finances continue to be shrouded in mystery after he paid £12million to his sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre last year in an out of court settlement to halt a full civil

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