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Removal vans are spotted outside Prince Andrew’s much-loved £18m Verbier ski chalet

EXCLUSIVE: Moving vans spotted outside Prince Andrew’s beloved £18million ski chalet Verbier, which he’s ‘forced to sell to pay debts after being forced to pay sexual abuse victim Virginia Roberts millions of dollars’

  • EXCLUSIVE: Moving vans seen outside Prince Andrew’s ski chalet
  • The £18million Swiss lodge was put up for sale by the disgraced Duke last year
  • Andrew’s wife Sarah Ferguson and their two daughters Beatrice and Eugenie spent the New Year there with their families

Moving vans have been spotted outside Prince Andrew’s controversial £18million Swiss ski chalet, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The lodge was put up for sale last year by the disgraced Duke who would use the money from the sale of his beloved property to fund his installment payment to sexual abuse victim Virginia Giuffre.

In January, it was reported that a buyer had been found for the seven-bedroom Chalet Helora in the chic seaside town of Verbier.

The Prince hasn’t been to the wooden lodge in several years, but his former wife Sarah Ferguson and their two daughters Beatrice and Eugenie spent New Year’s Eve there with their families.

Moving vans have been spotted outside Prince Andrew's controversial £18million Swiss ski chalet

Moving vans have been spotted outside Prince Andrew’s controversial £18million Swiss ski chalet

The lodge was put up for sale last year by the disgraced Duke, who would use the money from the sale of his property to settle out of court

The lodge was put up for sale last year by the disgraced Duke, who would use the money from the sale of his property to settle out of court

Neighbors said a large blue moving van from London-based Abels had arrived in the village earlier this week and boxes had been brought into the vehicle from inside.

Abels was awarded a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen in 1981 and has been performing relocation services for the Royal House ever since and is rewarded for his continued service.

No one at the company was available to comment, but a villager in Verbier said: ‘It’s the talk of the town – everyone knew it was sold and now the moving van has turned up.

‘I’ve seen some guys move boxes and furniture around and they’ve been there all day and they don’t look like they’re done – it’s a huge van so I imagine they’ll be cleaning up the chalet.

Andrew, pictured, settled out of court with Virginia Giuffre in March after she claimed she had been sexually assaulted by him several times in London and the United States

Andrew, pictured, settled out of court with Virginia Giuffre in March after she claimed she had been sexually assaulted by him several times in London and the United States

A villager in Verbier said: 'We used to see the Duke and his wife here all the time, but in recent years it's Sarah with the kids - I know they both loved the place and had many lovely years here'

A villager in Verbier said: ‘We used to see the Duke and his wife here all the time, but in recent years it’s Sarah with the kids – I know they both loved the place and had many lovely years here’

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“I really think they sold it with a heavy heart because Sarah used to ski here when she was younger,” said the villager.

“We used to see the Duke and his wife here all the time, but in recent years it’s been Sarah with the kids – I know they both loved it and had many wonderful years here.

“Sarah was here for the last time over New Years with her family and they watched the fireworks from the balcony – I really think they sold it with a heavy heart as Sarah used to ski here when she was younger. †

However, the sight of the moving vans came as reports in local Swiss media suggested there could still be a legal impediment to the sale as the Duke and Sarah still owed money to the previous owners.

According to reports, they owed a further two million Swiss francs to a couple with whom they had had a business relationship – so the sale could not officially go through.

Le Temps and Le Matin both said the property had been the center of a legal dispute over an alleged debt since December 15, 2021, just 11 days before Sarah and her two daughters arrived with their respective husbands and children.

They added: ‘The measure concerns the sum of two million Swiss Francs – a debt that Prince Andrew and his wife have with a couple from Verbier, with whom they have a business relationship.

‘She sent the latter a letter in which they request the money back, but is not refunded’

Andrew settled out of court with Virginia Giuffre in March after alleging she had been sexually assaulted by him several times in London and the United States.

No amount was disclosed, but it was thought to be in the region of £7.5 million and he was also told to pay an unspecified amount to a charity of Virginia’s choice, as well as his own legal bills. .

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts stand in the background in London on March 13, 2001, together with Ghislaine Maxwell

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts stand in the background in London on March 13, 2001, together with Ghislaine Maxwell

Buckingham Palace made it clear that the Queen would not pay, so the disgraced Prince’s only option was to sell the chalet with an indoor pool, sauna, shoe room and terrace with spectacular views.

They bought the lodge from French socialite friend Isabelle de Rouvre for £18million and she was supposed to get the balance paid in installments, but not everything was done on time and it was thought the repossession was about the missed payments.

It’s at odds with what she told MailOnline in February that everything was “okay and over” with the Duke.

A source close to the Duke of York told MailOnline: ‘Talks are underway to resolve the matter, which are expected to be satisfactorily concluded for all parties, but it in no way prevents the sale of the chalet, which is underway. is and is expected to be completed. complete in due course.’

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