The Duke of York has resolved a £6.6m debt with a French socialite, allowing him to sell a Swiss chalet while his legal fees from Virginia Giuffre's sexual assault civil claim mount.
“The conflict is over,” remarked Isabelle de Rouvre, 74, who sold the home to Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York in 2014. He paid.”
Andrew and his ex-wife had agreed to pay Rouvre in instalments for Chalet Helora in Verbier, Switzerland. But Rouvre said they missed the final £5m payment.
Rouvre first agreed to delay the final payment until December 2019, but the Yorks refused to comply despite numerous requests.
Rouvre sued for £5m plus interest in May 2020 in Switzerland. Andrew reportedly paid late last year.
Rouvre told MailOnline she sold the Yorks the house about two months ago.
“Thank goodness, that's it,” she told the outlet. “The war is over. That's it. I'm out of it now. All.”
“The matter was closed around six weeks ago. November. The second payment was due, and it has been made. Yes. Sure, that's it. Done.”
“I can confirm that the legal case has been discontinued and that the chalet is being sold – but no comment on private financial matters,” stated a source close to Andrew.
To avoid a lawsuit filed by Giuffre, who claims she was forced to have sex with the royal on three times by paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, the prince is now selling the home. Andrew denies the charges.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, his ex-wife and their daughters, spent the New Year at the lodge. The Yorks had rented the seven-bedroom chalet with an indoor pool for winter vacations before deciding to buy it for their kids.
Andrew couldn't sell it until the debt was paid. It is understood a buyer has been located and the sale is under progress.