Prince Andrew: Queen's 'personal battle' outlined by host
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During the 2019 Newsnight programme, the Duke of York dismissed Virginia Giuffre’s allegations that they had sex three times while she was a teenager. He insisted he had “no recollection” of ever meeting her despite there being a photo of the pair together alongside Ghislaine Maxwell.
In her ongoing lawsuit against the Duke, Ms Giuffre, 38, claims that he was sweating profusely on the night they danced together in 2001 at London’s exclusive Tramp nightclub in Mayfair.
Andrew, 61, insisted this was impossible as he was “unable to sweat” because he developed a medical condition after being shot at during the Falklands War in 1982.
The condition has since cleared up, he explained.
Writing on the BBC website about the interview yesterday, Ms Maitlis said that the Duke asked her if he should raise the issue during a meeting at Buckingham Palace in the days before it took place.
In a revealing account, the BBC journalist said that she and her production team were invited “right into the heart of Buckingham Palace” ahead of the interview.
She explained: “It was Prince Andrew who volunteered the information to me in that early meeting that he was ‘unable to sweat’.
“His Falkland Islands wartime experiences, he claimed, had produced a glut of adrenalin that meant he hadn’t been able to sweat properly since being shot at.
“I remember him asking me very directly if we thought that would be interesting to hear.
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“And I said yes – I was fascinated by adrenalin – and that we wanted to hear as much detail of his account as we could.”
Andrew agreed to the interview because he wanted to “clear his name”, Ms Maitlis explained.
She added: “He believed things had been said about him that he could disprove.
“And he had his defence ready.”
The news came after it emerged that the Duke could settle out of court with Ms Giuffre if US judge Lewis Kaplan rules that her case against him should go to trial.
He has always vehemently denied her claims, with his lawyers calling them “baseless”.
His legal team is seeking to dismiss the case – arguing that a 2009 deal Ms Giuffre signed with dead paedophile Jeffrey Epstein that waived her right to sue him or any other “potential defendants” meant Andrew was exempt.
Judge Kaplan, sitting in New York, could make a ruling on whether the case should be dismissed today.
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