Prince Andrew keeps a low profile since his name was linked to the infamous Jeffrey Epstein scandal. The former husband of Sarah Ferguson was even forced to step back from his senior royal status to spare the palace from more controversies.
The father of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice is set to face a civil trial in the United States of America over allegations of sexual assault in autumn. Most, if not all, royal followers can recall that Virginia Roberts Giuffre claimed Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her in 2001 when she was still 17, which the Duke of York vehemently denied.
Now, new reports claim that the upcoming civil sexual assault trial of Prince Andrew is set to leave the palace “quaking in their boots” as the royal prepares to face his alleged victim. Keep on reading to know more details.
Buckingham Palace Fears Prince Andrew’s Explosive Trial?
Daily Mirror journalist Russel Myers previously tackled, during an episode of Pod Save the Queen in December 2021, the possible effect Prince Andrew’s imminent trial to the royal family. The royal editor claimed that palace would be “quaking in its boots” over the prospect of a trial.
Russel Myers said of the upcoming trial of Prince Andrew:
"We are going to see whether we're going to have a very explosive trial that the Palace will be absolutely quaking in their boots over. Not only is it the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, but also how many more lurid accusations can Andrew take on to his character? He already thought he was going to have a return to duties but that is looking very far away as it stands at the moment."
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The royal editor went on to say that:
"We're going to have a lot of treacle to wade through because not only is it the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, but there's also a lot of nervousness within Palace walls how this could potentially overshadow the celebration. Certainly I don't think Andrew will be anywhere near the public celebrations, banished from the balcony, banished from any sort of public outing. He's obviously vehemently denied categorically all the allegations in front of him."
Royal followers are very much aware that Queen Elizabeth is set to have her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, marking her 70 years of reign. While most members of the royal family are expected to join the revelries, reports suggest that Prince Andrew, Meghan Markle, Archie and Lilibet might not be able to grace the events.
It can be recalled that the court denied the attempt of Prince Andrew to dismiss the case, which means evidence would be taken concerning Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claims against the Duke of York. David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, issued a statement saying:
"She looks forward to a judicial determination of the merits of those claims."
However, Prince Andrew maintained that he has no memory of ever meeting Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, in his decision, dismissed the Duke of York’s contention that the case against him was “legally insufficient” and could not be heard at a future trial.
The judge said in his ruling on Prince Andrew’s appeal:
"In a similar vein and for similar reasons, it is not open to the court now to decide, as a matter of fact, just what the parties to the release in the 2009 settlement agreement signed by Ms Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein actually meant."
The lawyers of Prince Andrew are said to be launching an appeal against the decision, but they would need the Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s permission to do so. Legal commentators, however, shared the working of the judge’s decision suggests it would not be granted.
Twitter Account of Prince Andrew Deleted After Losing Military Titles And Charities
Meanwhile, the official Twitter account of Prince Andrew has been deleted days after Queen Elizabeth stripped him of his honorary military titles and charities. Netizens are now met with a blank page and a message saying “this account doesn’t exist.”
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Aside from his Twitter account, the YouTube account of Prince Andrew is reportedly no longer available as well. However, the Duke of York still appears on Instagram though it has recently been made private.
Interestingly, Buckingham Palace has also updated its official website to reflect moves to distance themselves from Prince Andrew, who is set to face a civil sexual assault trial in the U.S. later this year.
The palace told CNN:
"Changes have been made to reflect the recent statement from Buckingham Palace regarding The Duke of York."
Prince Andrew has yet to comment on the recent deletion of his Twitter and YouTube accounts. Also, the brother of Prince Charles and Princess Anne has yet to confirm his attendance in the upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth in June.
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