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Prince Andrew: Pay-off for Virginia Guiffre not ruled out using Queen’s private purse

Prince Andrew: Queen's 'personal battle' outlined by host

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The Telegraph has reported a pay-off to theDukPrince Andrew’s accuser made by the monarch, 95, may be “at least” several-million pounds. The Duke of York, 61, is in the midst of a civil legal case brought by with Virginia Giuffre, now 38, who claims she was sexually assaulted by the royal when she was just 17.

The Queen’s son has vehemently denied the claims made against him.

It is claimed that Andrew hopes a settlement will avoid further potential damages to his reputation.

The Telegraph claims the monarch could offer her son funds for the financial settlement from her own private purse taken from Her Majesty’s annual income from her private Duchy of Lancaster estate.

Ms Giuffre has accused the Duke of York of sexually assaulting her in three locations, including at Epstein’s longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell’s London residence.

Maxwell was recently found guilty of criminal charges of sex trafficking in her Manhattan federal court trial.

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Giuffre also has claimed the royal assaulted her in New York City and in the US Virgin Islands when she was underage.

Responding to the claims, in 2019, the Prince told BBC Two’s Newsnight programme: “It didn’t happen.”

However, the Queen’s son’s legal efforts took a hit on Wednesday when Judge Lewis Kaplan told the court at this stage he “must assume the truth” that Andrew forced “a child to have sexual intercourse” with him.

Speaking to Sky News, legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg QC claimed it was not looking good for Andrew on the key points of the 2009 settlement Ms Giuffre agreed with Epstein.

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He said: “What the judge seemed to be suggesting this meant was that the only people who could actually enforce this agreement were Jeffrey Epstein, and he of course is dead, and Virginia Giuffre.

“And she has no interest in enforcing this agreement because she is trying to say that it doesn’t apply.

“Given that it was confidential, or intended to be confidential, how would anybody such as Prince Andrew have known about it or be able to rely on it?

“So, taking those two provisions together as the judge seemed to be interpreting them, this means that Prince Andrew can’t take advantage of this document and can’t use it as a third party.

“Now that was strongly contested by Andrew Brettler. He said that’s not the law on the third party’s rights under a contract.

“I don’t think the judge was persuaded by that…I don’t think it’s looking particularly good for Prince Andrew on this particular point.”

However, a source close to the Duke has stated that no discussions regarding a financial settlement have taken place.

Express.co.uk have contacted Prince Andrews representatives for comment.

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