A civil case has been brought against the Duke of York in the US by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to Prince Andrew when she was 17, a minor under US law.
Virginia Giuffre has brought a case of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress against the Queen’s second son. Andrew has strenuously denied the allegations.
As US Judge Lewis A Kaplan ruled Ms Giuffre can proceed with her case, Andrew now faces either settling with Ms Giuffre or facing the claims in a civil trial.
Where is Prince Andrew today? Duke keeps low profile after title axe
Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties in 2019
Where is Prince Andrew today?
Prince Andrew was pictured in the back of a vehicle leaving his home in Windsor on Thursday, before visiting his mother the Queen for a meeting in which his royal titles were stripped of him.
The Duke’s whereabouts as of Friday are unclear, but it seems the Duke is keeping a low profile at his Royal Lodge home, just a few miles away from the Queen’s Windsor Castle residence.
A royal source told the PA news agency the Royal Family widely discussed the issues surrounding Prince Andrew and his legal troubles, suggesting Prince Charles and Prince William were involved in the discussions.
Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday Andrew no longer holds his military titles and patronages
Andrew was reportedly summoned to Windsor Castle on Thursday by the Queen and informed of the decision.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement on Thursday announcing to the nation that Andrew no longer holds his military titles and patronages.
The statement read: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
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Prince Andrew was pictured in the back of a vehicle leaving his home in Windsor on Thursday
When will we next see Prince Andrew?
A major four-day royal event is scheduled to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer, but it is unclear whether Andrew will make an appearance at all.
Prince Andrew has kept a low public profile since he stepped down from royal duties in November 2019 following his bombshell BBC Newsnight interview about his association with Jeffrey Epstein.
The traditional walk to church in Sandringham for Royal Family members has not gone ahead for the last two Christmases.
Andrew could appear via video link or in person if a civil trial is held in the US later this year.
If Prince Andrew does not reach a settlement with Ms Giuffre, a civil trial will take place at some point between September and December 2022.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK