‘True cost’ of Andrew’s ‘significant’ payout put at £12M – Queen ‘partly footed’ bill

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Royal expert Camilla Tominey revealed the sum was thought to be around that figure and claimed that the legal bill is being “partly footed” by the Queen. She spoke after Andrew, 61, agreed an out-of-court settlement with Ms Giuffre yesterday.

In the settlement, the Duke of York agreed to pay a “significant” but undisclosed sum and accepted that the 38-year-old had suffered as a victim of abuse.

He made no admission of liability and has always vehemently denied the allegations that they had sex after she had been trafficed by dead paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Commenting on the momentous end to the civil case – which was filed through a New York court – Ms Tominey said the “true cost” to Andrew’s reputation “remains incalculable”.

Writing in the Telegraph, she added: “We will probably never know exactly how much it took to make the Virginia Giuffre case finally go away once and for all.

“But a clue to the significant size of the sum was hidden in a comment David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, made to my colleague Celia Walden in January.

“Adamant that it wasn’t about the money for his client but ‘holding Prince Andrew to account’, Mr Boies chose his words carefully as he admitted: ‘If you had a settlement that was large enough to be, in effect, a vindication, then it’s something we would obviously look at’.

“Ms Giuffre had wanted an apology, but the lack of any admission of guilt on the Duke of York’s behalf suggests that the 61-year-old’s new-found freedom from a jury trial has come at a significant price.

“Whatever the legal bill, which is being partly footed by the Queen, the true cost to the reputation of the ninth-in-line to the throne remains incalculable.”

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Despite the settlement, she claimed that Andrew could still be drawn into an ongoing FBI investigation in Epstein and his accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell’s crimes.

Maxwell is currently in a US prison after being convicted of child sex trafficking and other offences in connection Epstein in December.

US authorities still want to speak to Andrew as a witness in the case and the “settlement will arguably do nothing to stop that”, she wrote.

In a carefully-worded statement released to coincide with the settlement, Andrew said he now “regrets for his association with Epstein”.

He also insisted he “never intended to malign Mrs Giuffre’s character” and “commended” her “bravery”.

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.

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