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Prince Andrew’s lawyers move to get Epstein lawsuit kicked out on ‘royalty’ technicality

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Virginia Giuffre is suing the Duke of York for undisclosed damages through a New York court after claiming that she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17. At the time she alleges that she met the prince she claims she had been trafficked by the convicted paedophile – who died awaiting trial on a raft of sex charges in 2019.

The 61-year-old royal vehemently denies all her allegations and says he has “no recollection” of ever meeting her.

As the civil case rumbles on, Andrew’s legal team is preparing to use a settlement Ms Giuffre, 38, signed with Epstein in 2009.

The document, which was recently unsealed, saw Ms Giuffre accept undisclosed damages from Epstein after lodging a criminal complaint accusing him of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Part of the agreement, which was signed in Florida, meant that she could never bring further cases against Epstein or anyone associated with him.

Since being released to Andrew’s legal team last week its reference to the word “royalty” has been revealed.

Last month his US-based lawyer, Andrew Brettler, told a pre-trial hearing that he believed it released the Duke and others from “any and all potential liability.”

They are now expected to jump on this wording to argue that it nullifies Ms Giuffre’s claim.

This is because no other member of the Royal Family has been implicated in the Epstein scandal or is thought to have come into contact with Ms Giuffre.

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His team is reportedly set to argue that the wording can therefore only apply to Andrew – freeing him from any future claims.

In her original complaint, filed under the pseudonym Jane Doe in Florida, Ms Giuffre stated: “In addition to being continually exploited to satisfy the defendant’s every sexual whim, Plaintiff was also required to be sexually exploited by defendant’s adult male peers, including royalty, politicians, academicians, businessmen and/or other professional and personal acquaintances.”

The ensuing settlement was used by Alan Dershowitz, Epstein’s former lawyer, to get an abuse claim Ms Giuffre made against him struck out.

The news emerged shortly after the Metropolitan Police confirmed it will not take any further action against the Duke following a review.

In a statement, the force said: “As a matter of procedure, MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action. This review has concluded and we are taking no further action.”

A source close to the Duke said it had “come as no surprise” the Met had decided to drop its probe.

They added: “Despite pressure from the media and claims of new evidence, the Met have concluded that the claims are not sufficient to warrant any further investigation.

“The duke has always vigorously maintained his innocence and continues to do so.”

In August, the Met said it would review its decision not to investigate allegations connected to Epstein.

Express.co.uk has contacted Andrew’s representatives for comment regarding his ongoing US lawsuit.

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