Prince Andrew latest news – Queen's son could pay £10 MILLION to stop rape accuser Virginia Giuffre taking him to court

PRINCE Andrew could pay £10 million in a bid to stop his rape accuser taking him to court, legal experts believe.

The Duke of York recently sold his Swiss chalet for £17 million, which is understood to have left him with a £10 million war chest to fight the claims.

Now legal experts say offering the money as a direct pay off to sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre is Andrew's "least worst option" after a US judge this week ruled the allegations should be heard in court.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Andrew ‘to be asked about his PRIVATE PARTS’

    PRINCE Andrew could be “asked about his private parts,” the lawyer representing Jeffrey Epstein’s victim has claimed.

    No date has been set for the trial but it could take sometime between September and December this year.

    Mr Kuvin added: “It is without question the Duke will be asked about his private parts.

    “Nothing is off limits because if an underage girl can describe what the Duke of York’s private parts look like… how would that be if they had not had a relationship?”

    The Duke of York is understood to be prepared to do “whatever is necessary” to stop his sex abuse case overshadowing the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    He denies the allegations and sources say he is determined to clear his name.

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Three choices Prince Andrew faces (Continued…)

    3. Walk away from case

    REFUSE to engage in the case against him. His accuser would be almost certain to win a judgment by default and damages and costs stretching into millions.

    The reputational cost would be far worse to Andrew — as well as provoking the fury of the UK’s most powerful ally.

    Andrew is still the subject of a US “mutual legal assistance” request to the UK — filed when it sought to question him in its Epstein probe.

    It has been gathering dust but Andrew could now put the Home Office in a tricky position.

  • Milica Cosic

    Three choices Prince Andrew faces

    1. Face accuser in court

    FACE Virginia Giuffre in court, “tough it out” and fight to clear his name.
    But experts say that strategy is extremely high-risk, pitting a senior royal against a victim of alleged sex abuse in the US court system.

    Even if Andrew was determined to challenge Ms Giuffre’s claims — which he firmly denies — the reputational damage could still be immense.

    He would very likely be cross-examined via video-link about some extremely personal matters — including his sexual tastes.

    2.Offer a cash settlement

    SETTLE and offer Virginia Giuffre a lot of money to walk away.

    Paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was a close pal of Andrew, paid Giuffre £370,000 for a “non-prosecution agreement”.

    Andrew would almost certainly have to pay up to £10million to secure a “no liability” deal.

    Even then, there is no guarantee of new deeply damaging material not being made public as negotiations drag on.

    Effectively paying off an Epstein victim also means his reputation will never recover.

  • Milica Cosic

    District Judge Lewis Kaplan's crusher

    PRINCE Andrew’s date with US justice was sealed in a coldly crafted judgment from a New York court.

    District Judge Lewis Kaplan set out in 44 pages why the royal’s bid to get the case thrown out failed.

    He swatted aside dossiers of obscure US legal cases the Prince’s legal team highlighted.

    The judge called the 2009 deal signed between paedo Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Guiffre “ambiguous”.

    He said Andrew’s claim the non-prosecution agreement protected him as a third party was “an unduly broad generalization”.

    Ms Guiffre’s case was “legally sufficient”, Judge Kaplan ruled.

    District Judge Lewis Kaplan set out in 44 pages why the royal’s bid to get the case thrown out had failed
  • Milica Cosic

    Buckingham Palace 'distancing' itself from Andrew

    Last night Buckingham Palace distanced itself from Andrew. A spokesman for the Queen said they would not comment on an ongoing legal matter.

    Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said: “For the sake of his mother Andrew has to settle. The last thing his lawyers want is Andrew saying anything because he is a verbal disaster.”

    Nigel Cawthorne, author of Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace, said: “It’s the final nail in the coffin of Andrew's reputation. If a settlement was made then the taxpayer would be right in asking where the money is coming from.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen rumoured to be bankrolling Andrew's case

    The Queen is rumoured to be bankrolling his case but it would be considered a PR disaster if she paid an alleged sex abuse victim to end claims against her son.

    Andrew has not been seen this year. He denies the allegations and sources say he is determined to clear his name.

    His lawyers have previously claimed a financial offer has not been discussed but accepted more than 95 per cent of US civil trials are settled out of court.

    Mark Stephens, an expert in constitutional law, said: “This has dropped a bomb on the Royal Family. It is the most serious problem in living memory.

    “The only thing to make it worse would be if he were cross-examined over what he did or didn’t do to a 17-year-old woman. He has to settle now. It is his least worst option. He would be lampooned by Ms Giuffre’s lawyer in court.

    “Someone in the Royal Family must grab the tiller and guide this to a safe shore.

    “The Queen will be taking advice from Downing Street, Privy Councillors and her trusted aides.

    “There is a need to limit the damage. Andrew, I suspect will be stripped of his royal titles. A settlement of five or ten million is a good bet but Ms Giuffre may want her day in court.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Andrew ‘to pay £10m from sale of Swiss chalet to settle claims'

    PRINCE Andrew is set to pay £10million from the sale of his Swiss chalet in an out-of-court settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre, The Sun understands.

    His desperate move comes after a US judge ordered him to face a civil trial this autumn over claims he sexually abused Ms Giuffre when she was 17.

    The Duke of York, 61, is understood to be prepared to do “whatever is necessary” to stop his sex abuse case overshadowing the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    Ms Giuffre’s lawyer last night told The Sun a “settlement is always a possibility”, as legal experts said it was his “least worst option”.

    Senior royal aides are all urging Andrew to settle as soon as possible to prevent him dragging the “whole monarchy through the mud”.

    His £2,000-an-hour legal team were last night locked in talks amid the “biggest constitutional crisis in living memory”.

  • Milica Cosic

    Family could give evidence

    Andrew’s own family could be called as witnesses in the rape lawsuit against him in a bid to blow apart the royal’s Pizza Express alibi.

    Legal experts said Andrew’s hopes of having the lawsuit dismissed were on the ropes last night after Judge Lewis Kaplan ripped apart his lawyers’ case. 

    Yet Judge Kaplan appeared mostly dismissive of this argument.

    If the case goes ahead, here are five witnesses – including members of Andrew’s own family – who could be called to give evidence.

    1. Princess Beatrice
    2. Meghan Markle
    3. Princess Eugenie
    4. Sarah Ferguson
    5. Anonymous nightclub witness

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Claims that Prince Andrew will have to face

    Virginia has claimed she romped with Andrew in a bath when she was 17, after a night where he had allegedly been plying her with vodka a club in London.

    Maxwell had previously said her bath was “too small” for sex.

    In a manuscript, Virginia claimed: “It was a beige marble tiled floor with porcelain Victorian-style bathtub in the middle of the room and nowhere near the size of Jeffrey’s residences.”

    She added: “I turned on the taps for the tub and the heat from the water began to steam up the small room.

    “Trying to do the best of my youthfulness to try and act seductive, I gradually began to strip off my clothing, piece by piece.

    “He loved every second of it as I went over to where he was waiting and watching, then began to undress him.

    “We kissed and touched each other before submersing into the hot water, where we both continued to re-enact foreplay.”

  • Louis Allwood

    “It is a word that neither you or I can find any meaning at all”

    Mr Brettler argued that a newly-disclosed £371,000 secret agreement between Virginia and late financier Epstein in 2009 released the royal from any legal action.

    And he said the settlement had resulted in a similar lawsuit from Andrew’s accuser being dismissed.

    But Judge Kaplan appeared to disagree over the interpretation of “potential” and said: “It is a word that neither you or I can find any meaning at all.”

    Andrew’s lawyer argued that his client should be covered by it because Ms Giuffre had mentioned “royalty” in her civil complaint against Epstein.

    The judge indicated the settlement wording might mean that both Epstein and Ms Giuffre had to agree as to whether or not it could be used to release other potential defendants.

    He said: “If someone got sued and Jeffrey Epstein said this person was within the release, and it was OK with Ms Giuffre . . .  Epstein could enforce it — but not otherwise.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Duke attempted to get the case thrown out

    The Duke's attempts to get the case thrown out hinged on a secret 2009 payout agreement signed by Virginia and Epstein.

    His lawyers attempted to say this backroom deal – which saw Epstein compensate the sex abuse victim – excluded Andrew from legal action.

    In it she agreed to end all action against “second parties” but does not name the Duke.

    Virginia's settlement had been kept under seal – but judges last month ordered it to be released yesterday unless "good cause" could be shown otherwise.

    And her lawyers successfully argued that the agreement should not stop her case against Andrew.

    They previously said the agreement was an attempt by Andrew to use a "get out of jail free card".

  • Louis Allwood

    Major humiliation

    Andrew facing trial be the latest and biggest embarrassment to the Royal family over the case.

    The Duke's attempts to get the case thrown out hinged on a secret 2009 payout agreement signed by Virginia and Epstein.

    His lawyers attempted to say this backroom deal – which saw Epstein compensate the sex abuse victim – excluded Andrew from legal action.

  • Louis Allwood

    Andrew will face trial

    Prince Andrew will face a court battle with his sex abuse accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre after a judge threw out his attempts to stop the case.

    The Duke of York is being sued for rape after he allegedly sexually abused his accuser when she was just 17.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘No-fly zone’ to be put in over Windsor

    Aircraft and drones will be banned from January 27 from passing within a 2,500ft altitude over the residence.

    The order will also make it an offence to fly inside 1.4 miles of the castle walls.

    Moves to increase security come after an intruder with a crossbow got into the grounds, right, after a “kill the Queen” video was posted online on Christmas Day.

    The 95-year-old monarch has spent almost all of the past two years living in her ­private apartments there due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    The Civil Aviation Authority says it is in the public interest to impose the ban.

  • Louis Allwood

    Family could give evidence

    Andrew’s own family could be called as witnesses in the rape lawsuit against him in a bid to blow apart the royal’s Pizza Express alibi.

    Here are five witnesses – including members of Andrew’s own family – who could be called to give evidence.

    1. Princess Beatrice
    2. Meghan Markle
    3. Princess Eugenie
    4. Sarah Ferguson
    5. Anonymous nightclub witness

    Read the article in full here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen’s venison burgers

    THE QUEEN’S former chef revealed the Monarch’s fast food favourite, despite tending to avoid the convenient meals on the whole.

    Pro chef Darren O’Grady worked in the royal kitchen for 15 years and has revealed that the Queen dodges fast food as a rule but there was one thing that she really enjoyed.

    But, unlike most people we know, she didn’t hop on the bus down to McDonald’s or Burger King to get her fast food fix, instead having her kitchen team prepare her a meat patty from scratch.

    Darren said: “It always tickled me at Balmoral, we would make our own burgers. They would shoot deer, and we would do venison burgers.

    “There’d be gorgeous cranberry… stuffed into them, but we never set buns out.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Holocaust paintings to be “guiding light for our society”

    The Prince of Wales hopes a series of paintings he has commissioned of Holocaust survivors will be a “guiding light for our society”.

    Charles’ journey as he tasks seven leading artists to paint some of the nation’s last remaining Holocaust survivors is the subject of a new BBC documentary.

    All seven survivors were children in camps or ghettos during the Second World War and are now into their 90s after settling in Britain.

    It is hoped the portraits, which be displayed in London and Edinburgh, will stand as a lasting reminder of the horrors of the Nazi regime which will one day be lost to living memory.

    The heir to the throne will say in the documentary: “As the number of Holocaust survivors sadly, but inevitably, declines, my abiding hope is that this special collection will act as a further guiding light for our society, reminding us not only of history’s darkest days, but of humanity’s interconnectedness as we strive to create a better world for our children, grandchildren and generations as yet unborn; one where hope is victorious over despair and love triumphs over hate.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Events to take place for the Jubilee

    Green Canopy

    Another Platinum Jubilee event, Her Majesty's Green Canopy, will see thousands of trees planted in the Queen's honour.

    Every planting is being recorded on a digital Queen’s Green Canopy map.

    Platinum Party at the Palace

    On Saturday, June 4, the BBC will host a huge Platinum Party at the Palace – a live concert bringing together some of the world’s biggest entertainers to celebrate the most significant moments from The Queen’s reign.

    Platinum Jubilee Pageant

    Performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will unite to tell the story of The Queen’s 70 year reign in a festival of creativity.

    This will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

    Service of Thanksgiving

    A service of thanksgiving for the Queen's reign will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

    It will be at St Paul's Cathedral.

  • Louis Allwood

    How can I watch the Platinum Jubilee events?

    All events leading up to the four-day Bank Holiday weekend, as well as the Platinum Jubilee itself, will be broadcast on television.

    Both BBC and ITV are expected to be covering the celebrations.

    ITV will air the Windsor Horse Show from May 12 to 15, where more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in the Platinum Jubilee Celebration.

    BBC will broadcast live the Platinum Party at the Palace, the special concert that the broadcaster is hosting in Buckingham Palace.

  • Louis Allwood

    How to apply for tickets for the Platinum Jubilee events?

    Although tickets are not yet on sale for Trooping the Colour 2022, applications open in the week starting January 17, 2022.

    Tickets will be allocated by a ballot due to the high interest expected for the event, and applications must be made in January and February 2022.

    People can enter the ballot for The Queen's Birthday Parade through the Army website.

    Apart from the Trooping the Colour, members of the public will be able to get tickets for other Platinum Jubilee events.

    According to the Platinum Jubilee website, another ballot will decide who can attend the Platinum Party at the Palace, and more details about the event are set to be released in February.

    Ahead of the main Jubilee weekend, some members of the Royal Family will attend a special celebration at the Windsor Horse Show, which runs between May 12th and May 15th 2022.

    Tickets for the event are available to buy on their website.

  • Louis Allwood

    Trooping the colour and beacon lighting

    The Jubilee weekend will start with a bang as the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) is held.

    Thousands are expected to line the streets between Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade to see the royals.

    Some 1,200 Army officers will take part in the famous event, which will take place in London for the first time since 2019.

    Tickets for the ceremony itself – always in high demand – are to be allocated by ballot.

    On the same day, over 1500 towns, villages and cities throughout the UK, and each capital of the Commonwealth countries, will mark the jubilee by lighting a beacon.

  • Louis Allwood

    Jubilee pudding competition

    A national pudding competition, jubilee lunches and a Birthday Parade are some of the events taking place this year to mark The Queen's seven decades-long reign.

    The May Bank Holiday Weekend – which usually falls at the end of the month – will be moved to Thursday June 2, followed by an extra day off on Friday, June 3.

    Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service."

    Entries for the huge pudding competition, organised by Fortnum & Mason, opened on January 10.

    The final day for entries is February 4, and a live final will take place on March 14.

  • Louis Allwood

    Waity Katie turned into Saint Kate Middleton… and had the last laugh

    This is a comment piece by Clemmie Moodie

    BLINK and you may have missed it.

    Not the three new pics released to mark Kate Middleton’s 40th. (The fawning blanket-coverage was IMPOSSIBLE to miss.)

    Rather, the apparent early beatification of a woman once disparagingly dismissed as “Waity Katie”.

    Today, at the start of her fifth decade, Saint Kate can do no wrong.

    Maybe it’s because people have seen this quiet, dignified woman perennially smiling, be it when she’s in a community centre in Hartlepool, enthusiastically shaking hands with Maureen and Karen, or cutting the ribbon at a new leisure centre in Crewe.

    Maybe it’s because people have finally embraced the future Princess of Wales after almost 25 years of mourning the previous one.

    Maybe it’s because, in an alternate reality, another 40-year-old duchess — the one preaching about global poverty from her £11million Californian mansion — rules supreme.

    And that doesn’t bear thinking about.

    Read more here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Djokovic’s dad calls on the QUEEN to intervene

    The World Number One's father, Srdjan Djokovic, slammed Australia as a "fake democracy" and claimed his son was being treated as a "political prisoner".

    Officials told him his exemption from strict Covid clamps Down Under was flawed.

    But a judge overturned the decision on Monday, ordering the player’s immediate release from the quarantine hotel and telling the government to pay his legal costs.

    Djokovic’s father Srdjan then sparked hysteria by claiming his son had been arrested and taken back into custody.

    Government officials have insisted Djokovic was never arrested and said he was free to move into his rented accommodation.

    During a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Srdjan urged the Queen to get involved in the fiasco and "protect the human rights" of his son, the New Zealand Herald reports.

    According to a translation, he said: "I call on Queen Elizabeth, the leader of the Commonwealth, to intervene and protect the human rights of my son and to stop the political prosecution carried out against him since he came to Australia."

  • Louis Allwood

    Royal news you may have missed

    In other royal news, Meghan had Idris Elba play "bare tunes" like Whitney Houston at her royal wedding.

    And this is the Queen's favourite fast food.

    Plus a Bake Off winner has revealed how to make the perfect pudding for the Queen's Jubilee.

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