Prince Andrew’s will ‘court controversy’ at Jubilee says Whitelock
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The Metropolitan Police revealed this week that they will be taking “no further action” into allegations against the Duke of York, which reportedly occurred in London in 2001. Their investigation into sex crimes allegedly committed by Prince Andrew, 61 and Jeffrey Epstein was dropped following two reviews of recent material in the case.
However, while the UK police probe has now been terminated, the Duke of York still faces prosecution in the US.
The royal is at the centre of a civil sex abuse claim brought against him by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre – previously Virginia Roberts.
Within the civil suit, she alleges Mr Epstein forced her to have sex with the Duke on three separate occasions when she was underage.
The case sees Ms Giuffre seeking unspecified damages from the royal, in a New York Court.
Andrew has vehemently denied the allegations made against him, which have been examined by the Met on at least two previous occasions.
The 38-year-old accuser has not put a figure on the amount of compensation she is seeking for “significant emotional and psychological distress and harm”.
According to legal experts, Andrew may face a hefty bill if a settlement or damages payout is agreed.
Nick Goldstone, head of dispute resolution at international law firm Ince, said that if the US court ruled in Ms Giuffre favour, it could see Andrew become the focus of a US criminal investigation linked to the accusations.
US authorities could take “greater interest” into the Prince’s alleged activity and pursue him for the alleged crimes.
Ms Giuffre’s civil claims are being brought under the New York Child Victims Act (CVA), which means there isn’t any legal standing for the court’s rulings to be upheld in the UK.
US attorney Mr Goldstone, told iNews that Andrew “could be subject to being summoned by the criminal authorities” if a criminal case begins in the US involving the Prince.
The legal expert also warned that Andrew might be served with an extradition warrant or request from US prosecution authorities during the case.
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Mr Goldstone added: “In the civil context, he cannot be subpoenaed or extradited, but in a criminal context he might be”.
The news comes after Andrew’s Hollywood legal team successfully argued to receive a copy of a settlement signed by Ms Giuffre.
She signed a confidential settlement deal with deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2009 as part of a Florida state case.
Epstein’s estate agreed to let Prince Andrew’s legal team review the legal document and at a hearing in Manhattan District Judge Loretta Preska granted this approval.
The Duke’s legal team, led by Andrew B. Brettler told the judge overseeing Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit that he believed the agreement “absolves our client from any and all liability”.
However Ms Giuffre’s lawyers branded it “irrelevant”.
It comes amid reports from The Telegraph that Queen Elizabeth II, 95, agreed to pay for her son’s defence at the beginning of last year.
Her funding agreement reportedly came shortly after the Prince’s disastrous Newsnight interview in 2019.
In the interview, Andrew said “I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened” when asked if he’d met Ms Giuffre.
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