Andrew’s social media accounts have been deleted or made private after Her Majesty stripped him of his military titles and royal patronages last week. The Twitter account for the Duke of York, 61, now displays the message: “This account doesn’t exist.” His Instagram account is also now private, while his YouTube channel is no longer searchable. Andrew’s Facebook account remains live but does not show any activity since late 2019, when it was announced he would step back from his royal duties.
The Duke’s continued retreat from public life comes amid a civil case brought against him by an American woman in the US.
Virginia Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son after claiming he sexually assaulted her when she was 17 – allegations he has consistently and vigorously denied.
Andrew said he has “no recollection” of meeting Ms Giuffre, who alleges he assaulted her three times while she was considered a minor under US law.
The attention surrounding the case against Andrew is said to have taken its toll on the Queen, who has been struck by “blow after blow” over the last 12 months or so, according to Royal journalist Emily Andrews, who discusses how the Queen had been affected by recent events in the Channel 5 documentary, ‘2021: The Queen’s Terrible Year’.
Released in November, the film looks back at some of Her Majesty’s most difficult moments of last year.
Queen hit by ‘blow after blow’ as Prince Andrew scandal rumbles on – ‘not going away’
Andrew: Stepped down from royal duties
Discussing the allegations against Andrew, Ms Andrews said: “The poor Queen. It really feels as if it’s one blow after the other.
“This is one of the most serious affairs of the last five or 10 years for the Queen. This is not going to go away.”
The documentary also looks back to the death of the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, who tragically passed away in April of last year, two months before his 100th birthday.
Other difficult moments for Her Majesty that are revisited include the pandemic and the confirmation that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not return as working members of the Royal Family.
After a difficult 2021, the royals have reason to look forward to this year, as the Queen is set to mark 70 years of her historic reign in June with her Platinum Jubilee.
Virginia Giuffre: Andrew’s accuser
This month however, the case against Andrew has continued to dominate the headlines.
The Duke was told by New York judge Lewis Kaplan last week that Ms Giuffre’s case against him can proceed to trial.
Judge Kaplan rejected arguments made by Andrew’s legal team at a hearing that the case should be dismissed.
Lawyers for the Duke argued that he could not be subject to legal action because of the wording contained in a previously confidential $500,000 (£366,000) settlement between Ms Giuffre and the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Queen: Her Majesty had a difficult 2021
Andrew’s accuser claims she was trafficked to him by Epstein, a former associate of Andrew.
The judge’s ruling paves the way for a civil trial later this year or potentially an out-of-court settlement between Andrew and Ms Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre welcomed the decision and said she was “determined” to seek justice.
In a statement on Twitter she said: “I’m pleased with Judge Kaplan’s ruling yesterday that allows my case against Prince Andrew to go forward.
“I’m glad I will have the chance to continue to expose the truth and I am deeply grateful to my extraordinary legal team.”
‘2021: The Queen’s Terrible Year’ is available to stream on My5.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK