Buckingham Palace to ‘look’ awful if Prince Andrew found guilty in court

Prince Andrew’s royal career ‘pretty much over’ says expert

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A royal expert had claimed that Prince Andrew’s court case would make Buckingham Palace “look awful” if he were found guilty of sexual abuse. The Duke of York is facing a civil lawsuit alleging that he sexually assaulted 17-year-old Ms Virginia Roberts Giuffre at a party hosted by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Buckingham Palace had previously denied all allegations made against Prince Andrew, and stated that they were “without any foundation”. 

Royal commentator Molly Mulshine said: “The fact that Buckingham Palace denied the allegations, they didn’t deny the photo was real, they denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts, any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.

“That’s a direct quote from Buckingham Palace, so if this trial goes to court and it is decided that he did have a sexual relationship with her, that is going to make Buckingham Palace look awful.”

The claimant Ms Giuffre filed the civil case under New York’s Child Victims Act. 

The case alleges that Prince Andrew sexually abused Ms Giuffre at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and at Epstein’s homes in Manhattan and Little St James in the US Virgin Islands.

She has claimed that the Queen’s second son did so in full awareness of her age and “that she was a sex-trafficking victim”. 

Her lawyers have stated that due to Prince Andrew’s actions, the claimant continues to suffer “significant emotional and psychological distress and harm”.

Ms Giuffre, now 38 years old, met the Duke of York through his former friend Jeffrey Epstein, who ha groomed the vulnerable teen into sex trafficking. 

The civil case document states:  “Twenty years ago Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account.”

Prince Andrew first met convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s, through British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who was a mutual friend. 

Although Epstein was convicted of soliciting a minor for prositution in 2008, Prince Andrew maintained their friendship and visited the disgraced financier in 2010. 

Jeffrey Epstein was later re-arrested in 2019 for sex trafficking and sexual abuse and committed suicide in his prison cell. 

His accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell is currently awaiting trial. 

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Prince Andrew has consistently denied all claims made against him, and has denied having any knowledge of Epstein’s criminal behaviour. 

In November 2019, he participated in a disastrous Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis, where he claimed to be unable to sweat and said he was at Pizza Express on an evening where he allegedly had a sexual encounter with Ms Giuffre. 

Following public backlash from the interview, he removed himself from public duties and retired as a senior working royal. 

He subsequently released a statement saying: “I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.

“His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.

“I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”

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