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Prince Andrew in huge U-turn after settlement ‘He’s accepting what she’s been saying’

Prince Andrew’s settlement with Giuffre discussed by expert

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Prince Andrew reached a settlement in principle in the civil sex claim filed in the US with Virginia Giuffre on Tuesday. Prince Andrew has consistently and vehemently denied the claims. Lawyers for Giuffre and Andrew said the prince intends to make a substantial donation to Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights. The prince “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 filing said.

BBC’s Home Affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani has said the statement is “accepting” of Ms Giuffre’s accusations.

Speaking to BBC News, Mr Casciani said: “In his statement today, he says he has never intended to malign Ms Giuffre’s character and he accepts that she has suffered as both an established victim of abuse as a result of unfair public attacks.

“I think what’s really interesting about that from a quote said earlier in this case.

“During an early part of the case when his lawyers were trying to get the case thrown out, Prince Andrew’s lawyers filed the following: “It is unfortunate and undeniable that sensationalism and innuendo have prevailed over the truth. Giuffre has initiated this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to achieve another pay day at his expense.”

“Now that accusations couldn’t be clearer from Prince Andrew through his lawyers yet today through his settlement, he’s saying her character cannot be maligned, she is an established victim of abuse.

“He stopped short of admitting any wrongdoing on his part but in essence by saying that her character cannot be maligned and she is an established victim of abuse, he is accepting what she has been saying comes with some truth.

“I think this is a really interesting turn of events here.”

The 61-year-old has always denied Giuffre’s accusations that he forced her to have sex more than two decades ago at a London home of former Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and abused her at two Epstein properties.

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

Ms Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, made the civil claim against Andrew for damages in her home country of the US, claiming she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, Andrew’s friend, to have sex with the royal when she was 17, a minor under US law.

An attachment to the letter announcing the settlement gave brief details of the agreement between Andrew and Ms Giuffre but indicated the sum would not be disclosed.

It read: “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).

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“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.

“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.”

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on Tuesday on the news that Prince Andrew had settled a lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre accusing the Duke of York of sexually abusing her when she was a teenager.

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