Prince Andrew’s army affiliations and royal patronages are being returned to Queen Elizabeth II at her behest within the wake of his ongoing authorized battle with Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
On Thursday, Buckingham Palace confirmed in an announcement despatched to Fox Information that the reigning monarch, 95, agreed to simply accept the returned accolades.
“With The Queen’s approval and settlement, The Duke of York’s army affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the assertion learn. “The Duke of York will proceed to not undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a non-public citizen.”
One royal supply additionally claimed that the Duke of York will not use “His Royal Highness” or HRH in any official capability.
On Wednesday, a decide refused to dismiss a lawsuit towards the British prince by the American girl who stated he sexually abused her when she was 17.
U.S. District Choose Lewis A. Kaplan rejected an argument by Andrew’s attorneys that Giuffre’s lawsuit must be thrown out at an early stage due to an previous authorized settlement she had with Epstein, the late American financier she claimed arrange sexual encounters with the royal, 61. Kaplan stated the $500,000 settlement between Epstein and Giuffre didn’t contain the prince and didn’t bar a go well with towards him now.
The queen’s second son beforehand stop public duties in November 2019, however he was nonetheless listed on the royal household’s web site as a patron or member of round 100 charities and organizations.
Giuffre sued Andrew in August, alleging she was coerced into sexual encounters with him in 2001 by Epstein and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre stated she was sexually abused by Andrew at Maxwell’s London house, at Epstein’s New York mansion and his property within the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Andrew’s legal professionals had stated the lawsuit lacked specificity and was disqualified by the deal she reached in 2009 with legal professionals for Epstein. Additionally they attacked Giuffre’s credibility and motives, saying in October that the lawsuit was geared toward reaching “one other payday at his expense and on the expense of these closest to him.” Kaplan stated Giuffre’s criticism is neither “unintelligible” nor “obscure” nor “ambiguous.”
Kaplan famous that he was required by legislation, at this stage of the litigation, to imagine Giuffre’s allegations are true, although the prince’s legal professionals may solid doubt on the reality of the claims at trial. The decide has stated a trial wouldn’t happen till late this 12 months, on the earliest. Depositions of the prince and Giuffre would happen earlier than then.
Andrew has lengthy denied Giuffre’s allegations. In late 2019, Prince Andrew instructed BBC Newsnight that intercourse with Giuffre “didn’t occur” and he has “no recollection” of ever assembly her. His statements led critics to say he appeared insensitive to Epstein’s victims. After the nuclear interview, Andrew stepped again from public duties.
Sigrid McCawley, an lawyer for Giuffre, stated in an announcement that Kaplan’s ruling “is one other necessary step in Virginia’s heroic and decided pursuit of justice as a survivor of intercourse trafficking.”
Whereas Andrew denies the allegations, Buckingham Palace will need him to settle the case so the queen can transfer on with out extra sordid headlines that weaken the monarchy and taint each member of the royal household, stated Mark Stephens, a specialist in worldwide legislation at Howard Kennedy in London.
Stephens stated Wednesday’s ruling means the method of delaying each technical level open to them as a matter of legislation has successfully performed itself out. Regardless that Andrew is more likely to enchantment, the case will transfer ahead, and he’ll face the embarrassment of getting to testify about his alleged actions with a 17-year-old.
“The sensible realities of this place have caught a noose round Prince Andrew’s neck,” Stephens stated. “He’s acquired to settle. He’s acquired to get out. Or he’s a useless man strolling.”
Giuffre’s settlement with Epstein was reached a decade earlier than the 66-year-old financier killed himself at a Manhattan federal lockup as he awaited a intercourse trafficking trial in 2019. Epstein’s loss of life got here greater than two years earlier than his former girlfriend, Maxwell, 60, was convicted of intercourse trafficking and conspiracy expenses in Manhattan federal courtroom. Giuffre’s allegations towards Andrew weren’t a part of the prison instances towards Epstein or Maxwell.
Giuffre asserted that she met Andrew whereas she traveled often with Epstein between 2000 and 2002 when her legal professionals preserve she was “on name for Epstein for sexual functions” and was “lent out to different highly effective males,” together with Andrew. Her lawsuit stated she nonetheless suffers vital emotional and psychological misery and hurt.
Andrew was married to Sarah Ferguson from 1986 till 1996. They share two daughters: Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The Related Press contributed to this report.