Royal Family had foresight on Prince Andrew lawsuit and planned to limit public exposure

Prince Andrew is a ‘prisoner in a gilded cage’ says expert

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Royal author and expert Angela Levin appeared on Sky News where she claimed the Royal Family were fearful a lawsuit would come Prince Andrew’s way after his connections to Jeffrey Epstein were put under the microscope following his suicide. Following his disastrous BBC interview in 2019, the Duke of York subsequently lost his charity patronages and ended his public engagements. Ms Levin suggested the Royal Family believed further problems would find Prince Andrew and chose to keep him away from public life as a response – calling him a “prisoner in a gilded cage”.

A US lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre accuses Prince Andrew of sexually abusing her when she was 17. 

Prince Andrew denies the claim and says he has never met Ms Giuffre, adding a picture taken of the two is doctored. 

Ms Levin weighed into the topic and said the Royal Family was worried something like a lawsuit may be filed and had chosen to limit Prince Andrew’s public appearance in response. 

She told Sky News: “So I think that the Queen and Prince Charles and Prince William did take away all his charities from him because they feared that this could happen in the end.

“So he’s really a bit like a prisoner in a gilded cage at the moment.

“And he did try to come back after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, he did give a talk to the press and was very fulsome.

“I thought, it was alleged to me, that he was trying to carve his way back but that’s absolutely not possible.

“They can’t have that under any circumstances nor can he really go out the country.

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“Because wherever he lands the FBI could come along and take him to New York so his love of golf particularly in America has to stay quiet for a while.”

In a separate interview with TalkRADIO, Ms Levin suggested Prince Charles and Andrew had a huge argument over patronages as Andrew believes he has done nothing wrong. 

Prince Charles reportedly told the Duke of York: “Absolutely no chance on that.”

Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, told Sky News Prince Andrew could no longer ignore the claims of Ms Giuffre and would need to at least acknowledge the case put against him. 

Mr Boies said: “He can’t ignore the process. He can ignore me and ignore my client. He can ignore other victims and their lawyers, but he can’t ignore the court.

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“The court process now is going to compel him. If he were to try to ignore the court the way he’s ignored us, there would be a default judgment entered against them.

“That could be enforced in the United States or in England or elsewhere in the world. So I don’t think he’s going to ignore the court.

“And as a result, he’s going to be held to account.”

An inquest into Jeffrey Epstein attempted to reach out to Prince Andrew so he could give evidence on their relationship but Manhattan US attorney Geoffrey Berman involved in the investigation said Prince Andrew has “completely shut the door”. 

Ms Giuffre said in a December interview: “He knows what happened, I know what happened and there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me.”

A statement published by Buckingham Palace in 2019 read: “The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes.

“His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

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