Prince Andrew’s controversial chalet reportedly sold to settle civil assault case

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Prince Andrew’s beloved Swiss chalet is reportedly being evicted after it was allegedly sold to settle his civil assault case out of court.

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MailOnline has published several photos showing a large blue van belonging to London home mover Abels parked outside the controversial £17 million holiday resort in Verbier.

Abels received a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen in 1981 and has been carrying out removals for the royal household ever since and has been rewarded for doing so.

No one at the company commented on the footage to MailOnline, but locals told the outlet the sighting was the “talk of the place.”

An unnamed resident of the area said Thursday evening: “I’ve seen some guys shifting boxes and furniture 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 are going to clean up the chalet completely.”

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They added that they hadn’t seen Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 62, at the property recently: “We saw the Duke and his wife here all the time, but for the last few years it’s been Sarah with the kids – me know they both loved the place 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 it was with a heavy heart that they sold it as Sarah used to ski here when she was younger. †

Chalet Helora, which has an indoor pool and sauna, was already on the market for 22 million Swiss francs.

Embarrassed Andrew, 62, has been lying low since he was criticized for reaching a secret settlement with Jeffrey Epstein sex slave, Virginia Giuffre, 38.

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She claimed she was trafficked to have sex with the royal family when she was 17 by notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein – found dead in his New York prison cell in 2019 at age 66 – and his convicted ‘madam’, the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 60.

Despite denying the claims and vowing to fight his case in court, the Queen’s second son agreed in February to quietly settle the lawsuit in February.

It immediately raised questions about how he would pay for the settlement, which is widely claimed to be up to £12 million.

Andrew is said to have taken a loan from his older brother Prince Charles, 73, to cover most of the expenses.

It has also been reported that much of the money to repay the Prince of Wales will come from the sale of the Duke of York’s Swiss holiday home.

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Photos from the inside show it has a swimming pool and luxurious living areas, hailing it as one of the “best properties in Verbier”.

The lodge was put up for sale by the Duke last year and in January it was reported that a buyer had been found for the seven-bedroom property.

Andrew had owed £6.6 million to socialist girlfriend Isabelle de Rouvre, 74, who sold the Swiss ski chalet in 2014 to the Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 62.

De Rouvre claims the Yorks were unable to meet a repayment deadline and the pair were sued in 2020 for £6.6m, including interest.

In January, it was reported that the matter had been resolved in 2021 when the Duke would have paid his debt.

De Rourve said at the time: “The war is over. It’s the end of the matter. I have nothing to do with it now. That’s all.”

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But speculation that the chalet will be sold by the Duke is at odds with new reports that it would be “impossible” after being frozen as property by Swiss authorities.

Sources in Verbier say the chalet has been “seized” over an alleged £1.6 million debt.

The Swiss newspaper Le Temps alleges Andrew and Sarah Ferguson entered into a business arrangement with an unnamed couple at the resort, and the reported £1.6 million debt led to the property being seized.

Geneva professor Nicolas Jeandin told Le Temps: “A sale is impossible in principle, except with the agreement of the creditor.”

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