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Andrew shares ‘regret’ over Epstein friendship after settling civil sex case with Giuffre

Prince Andrew reaches out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre

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Andrew, who celebrates his 62nd birthday on Saturday, is currently embroiled in a civil suit brought against him in New York by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre. She alleges that the prince sexually abused her at three different locations – the Duke of York has vehemently denied all claims.

Ms Giuffre claims he sexually abused her at Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in March 2001, and later at convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s homes in Manhattan and in the Virgin Islands.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Ms Giuffre and the Duke of York a “settlement in principle” ahead of a court trial.

Within court documents, the Duke of York has pledged to donate a “substantial” amount to Ms Guiffre’s charity

A document submitted to a US court said: “Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement.

“The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed).

“Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.

“Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks.”

The document also states Andrew regrets “his association” with Epstein.

It says: “It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years. “Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein and commends the bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.

“He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”

According to the Guardian, Andrew and Epstein’s friendship began when the prince was introduced to him by Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and Epstein’s girlfriend at the time.

In December 2021, Maxwell was found guilty of several counts of trafficking, related to her role in Epstein’s sexual abuse of young women.

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In August 2019, Buckingham Palace released several statements regarding the Queen’s son’s relationship with Epstein.

A statement from August 24, saw Prince Andrew acknowledging it was “a mistake” and “error of judgement” to spend time with Jeffrey Epstein.

In the statement, Prince Andrew said “I have stayed in a number of his residences” but added that “at no stage…did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction”.

The Duke of York also spoke about his friendship with the late Epstein during his disastrous Newsnight interview from 2019.

In his interview with Emily Maitlis, she questioned Andrew over why he visited Epstein in New York in 2010, two years after the financier was registered and imprisoned for sex offending charges.

The Prince said he had gone to the meeting to end his friendship with Epstein and claimed that “doing it over the telephone was the chicken’s way of doing it”.

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