News Prince Andrew will face a lawsuit in the US over claims he sexually assaulted Virginia Roberts Giuffre at age 17 will cast a ‘terrible shadow’ on the Queen’s platinum jubilee year, royal experts have said has claimed.
Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace author Nigel Cawthorne said there could be ‘little doubt’ that legal proceedings will affect plans to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s milestone on the throne.
He said it would be a ‘great disappointment’ for the 95-year-old Queen, who enjoys a close relationship with her 61-year-old son, and would bring back memories of 1992’s ‘Annus horribilis’, which fell married to Charles, Andrew and Anne’s respective marriages, and a great fire at Windsor Castle.
Phil Dampier meanwhile said it is the ‘last thing’ the Queen needs and her family struggles will likely ‘take a toll’ to me personally.
He suggested the Royal Family would ‘do everything they can to limit the damage’ so that the ‘Queen can enjoy the year’.
Andrew, the Queen’s favorite son, is today under pressure to settle with Virginia Roberts Giuffre after a New York judge sensationally refused to dismiss his case — paving the way for a box office lawsuit. Did that he was forced to have sex with her repeatedly. She was a teenager.
Nigel Cawthorne, author of the acclaimed Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace, said there could be ‘little doubt’ that legal proceedings would affect plans to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s milestone on the throne. Pictured, The Queen and Andrew in January 2020
The Duke of York was photographed with his arm around the bare waist of then 17-year-old Virginia Roberts. In the background, Ghislaine Maxwell. Roberts claims that he was forced to have sex with the royal three times. Andrew vehemently denied the allegations
Judge Louis A Kaplan rejected an application by the Duke of York’s lawyers to close the case – freeing Ms Giuffre to pursue a high-profile case in September over Ms Giuffre’s sensational allegations against the British royal Did.
Prince Andrew vehemently denied all allegations.
Even if Andrew settles out of court, the case threatens to overshadow the Jubilee celebrations planned for the summer.
Events are all set to take place, including a special Trooping the Colour, a Thanksgiving service, the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace, a show at Windsor Castle and a series of special exhibitions at royal residences that will feature the Queen and other senior royals. ,
However the timing of the legal proceedings means there is every chance Andrew could dominate the coverage.
The affair would also be a personal blow to the 95-year-old Queen, who has a particularly close relationship with her second youngest child.
Mr Cawthorne said: ‘Virginia Giffe appears to hell on her day in court when the prince could not remember her on BBC TV and witnesses have claimed they have seen them together on three separate occasions.
‘There can be no doubt that this year’s Giuffre-Andrew trial will cast a terrifying shadow on his mother’s 70th birth anniversary celebrations.
‘This is bound to come as a great disappointment for the Queen and will bring back memories of Annus horribilis, their 40th anniversary.’
Prince Andrew has been humbled by a US court after his efforts to quash a civil claim against him failed – facing a costly and prestige-piece trial.
Mr Dampier said: ‘The court case will probably take place in September after the Queen’s platinum ceremony. But the fact that he was in court would cast a shadow over the events and ruin them over the summer.
‘Andrew, much will be written about her case, and whether she is going to head to Trooping the Color or other events, it will reduce attention to the Queen’s milestone, which would be a terrible shame.
‘I am very sorry for Her Majesty because she does not need it. After saying that maybe he should have been more strict with her years ago and told her to be more careful who he is friends with.
It was madness to go and watch Epstein go after the conviction and the Queen should have stopped it. Andrew has always had an arrogant tendency and may not have listened to anyone else, but he must have obeyed his mother.
‘This is the last thing the Queen needs above all to lose Prince Philip and leave Harry and Meghan. He sometimes wonders what he has done to deserve it.
‘And although he is an incredibly strong man and has this amazing ability to divulge problems, it must take a toll. She has suffered health problems in recent months and can’t help it at 95.
‘I’m sure Prince Charles sees no role for Andrew as a future king, and he’s finished as a working royal. Now every effort will be made to limit the damage, preferably as soon as possible so that the Queen can enjoy the year.’
Even if Andrew decides to settle, the case threatens to affect the Jubilee celebrations planned for the summer. The Queen in picture, October 2021
Andrew’s lawyers unsuccessfully argued that a new $500,000 settlement with Jeffrey Epstein should have led to his case being dismissed. The royal’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, argued that she defended Andrew because it contained a clause where she agreed not to take legal action against ‘potential defendants’.
In the conclusion of his written decision, Judge Kaplan said: ‘For the foregoing reasons, the defendant’s motion for dismissal of the complaint or for a more definitive statement is denied by all means.
‘In view of the limited function of the court on this motion, nothing in this opinion or in these proceedings before properly regards the truth of the allegations or counterclaims or as to indicate a point of view as to the intention of the parties to enter cannot be imposed. 2009 agreement.’
Outlining her reasons for rejecting the motion, Judge Kaplan said the court was not at this stage able to consider the Duke’s attempts to cast doubt on Ms Giuffre’s claims or whether the settlement was covered by the settlement. Giving that these were issues for a test.
In his decision, he said: ‘The 2009 agreement cannot be said to demonstrate, clearly and unequivocally, that the parties have ‘directly,’ ‘primarily’ or ‘in order to benefit Prince Andrew. To a large extent’ the tool is intended.
And it went on: ‘The law prevents the court from considering the defendant’s attempts at this stage of the proceedings to cast doubt on the veracity of Ms. Giuffre’s allegations, even though their efforts would be permissible at trial.
‘In a similar vein and for similar reasons, it is no longer open to the Court to decide, exactly, what exactly the parties to the release mean in the 2009 settlement agreement signed by Ms. Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein. Was.’
Ms Giuffre alleges she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Andrew at the age of 17, which made her a minor under US law.
She is seeking unspecified damages in a civil lawsuit against Andrew, but the amount could reportedly run into the millions of dollars.
Andrew, who has not been charged with any criminal offences, has vehemently denied all charges against him.
Nigel Cawthorne is the author of Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace