Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson Are Being Sued Over a Swiss Chalet
Royals are just like us, if we all happened to have legal issues involving vacation homes in Switzerland. People reports that Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are being sued for missed payments on their Swiss chalet in Verbier. The couple, who remain close after divorcing in 1996, purchased the home for $23 million in 2014.
Reports out of Switzerland allege that Ferguson and Andrew were scheduled to pay $6.2 million in December 2019. The two missed that deadline and due to interest, they now owe $8.4 million.
"We can confirm there is a dispute between the two parties in this matter," a spokesperson for Prince Andrew explained to The Daily Mail. "The contractual details remain the subject of a confidentiality agreement and prevent further discussion."
People adds that the suit was filed in part by Isabelle de Rouvre, one of the original owners of the chalet — which has a name: Chalet Helora. After Ferguson and Andrew rented the home, they enjoyed it so much that they decided to purchase it directly from de Rouvre before the property hit the market. Prince Andrew, Ferguson, and their two daughters — Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie — have been vacationing in the Swiss Alps as a family since the princesses were young and continue to spend time skiing in the area.
The real estate complications come during Prince Andrew's involvement with the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. After news broke of his friendship with Epstein, Andrew stepped away from his royal duties, though he remains close to his ex-wife and his daughters.
"He plays a very traditional role in her life. She’s his greatest supporter," an insider previously told People of his relationship with Beatrice. Before her wedding was rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic, Andrew was set to walk her down the aisle at her wedding to fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.