Queen 'would be asked to help Andrew fund Virginia Roberts settlement'

Queen ‘could be asked to help fund a settlement between Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts in sex abuse suit as his lawyers refuse to rule out deal’

  • Queen would reportedly be asked to contribute to any possible settlement
  • Emerged this week that Prince Andrew could settle out of court with Ms Roberts
  • Decision on whether case will proceed to trial is expected imminently 

The Queen would be asked to help fund a potential settlement that her son Prince Andrew pays to his accuser Virginia Roberts, it has been reported.

It emerged this week that Prince Andrew could settle out of court with Ms Roberts to avoid the case going to trial.

If he does decide to offer his accuser a payoff, which allegedly could exceed £5million, the Queen would be asked to contribute alongside his own input, The Telegraph reported.   

The monarch has been funding the Duke’s legal fees since last February, when he first appointed a solicitor. 

He made the move after his disastrous Newsnight interview with BBC journalist Emily Maitlis. 

Ms Roberts, who now uses her married name of Giuffre, claims that the prince had sex with her three times after she was trafficked by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew has consistently denied the allegations.

The funds provided by the Queen are sourced from the income from her private Duchy of Lancaster estate. 

The Queen would be asked to help fund a potential settlement that her son Prince Andrew pays to his accuser Virginia Roberts, it has been reported

It emerged this week that Prince Andrew could settle out of court with Ms Roberts to avoid the case going to trial. If he does decide to offer his accuser a payoff, which allegedly could exceed £5million, the Queen would be asked to contribute alongside his own input

‘Virginia told me she’d slept with Andrew in London’: Witness in Ghislaine Maxwell trial makes sensational new claim against the Duke of York as she reveals the full story about her ordeal in Epstein’s ‘House of Sin’ 

Virginia Roberts told a fellow Jeffrey Epstein ‘sex slave’ that she slept with Prince Andrew in London, it was claimed last night.

The then 17-year-old is also said to have shown the infamous picture of her posing at Ghislaine Maxwell’s home with the Queen’s second son.

In a world exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Carolyn Andriano says Miss Roberts texted her from London in March 2001 to say she was going for dinner with Andrew, Maxwell and Epstein.

Miss Roberts is alleged to have shown the picture to Mrs Andriano back in Florida, saying of the prince: ‘I got to sleep with him.’

Mrs Andriano, 35, gave harrowing testimony against Maxwell at her trial last month. Four of the five guilty verdicts against her were underpinned by the evidence of the married mother of five, including the most serious charge of sex trafficking a minor which carries a maximum 40-year jail term.

Today Mrs Andriano bravely waives her legal right to anonymity to tell the full story about her horrific ordeal in Epstein’s ‘House of Sin’ in Palm Beach, Florida – when she was aged 14 to 17 – and her then friendship with Miss Roberts, who she says, recruited her into Epstein and 60-year-old Maxwell’s sexual abuse ‘pyramid scheme’.

Prince Andrew is also selling the Swiss chalet he and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson bought for £17million in 2014 and the money could also be used to help pay fees associated with the case brought by Ms Roberts. 

It was claimed yesterday that Andrew is trying to speed up the sale of the property. It is being sold after Andrew and the Duchess of York settled a legal dispute with its former owner, Isabella de Rouvre, 74.

She claimed they still owed her £6.6million after allegedly missing the final instalment for the property on January 1, 2020.   

She took the case over the property, which has an indoor swimming pool and costs up to £22,000 a week to rent, to the Swiss courts.

However, Ms de Rouvre agreed to drop the legal proceedings when it emerged the property was close to selling for the asking price of £17.3million. 

The Yorks are set to repay the debt once the sale of the home goes through. 

The Yorks became friends with Miss de Rouvre after regularly renting the chalet for holidays with their children, Beatrice and Eugenie.

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife bought it with a mortgage and private funding from the Queen as a ‘long-term family investment’, sources claimed.

When the sale is complete, the duke will no longer own any property, it is believed. 

If judge Kaplan does decide that Virginia Giuffre’s case should go to full trial, insiders said the option to settle out of court ‘remains on the table’.

A source told the Daily Mail earlier this week: ‘Obviously, this is a US case involving US lawyers and involving a US civil lawsuit,’ one source said. ‘In reality, 99 per cent of US civil litigations are settled out of court.

‘A settlement would always be an option on the table, as that’s where the vast majority end up. There is also the wider pressure and attritional impact to consider.’ 

Buckingham Palace previously refused to comment, describing it as an ‘ongoing legal matter’.

Andrew’s lawyers argued this week in a New York court that Miss Roberts’ case should not go to trial because of her civil settlement with Epstein. 

The Duke’s legal team say that in return for a $500,000 (£370,000) payout, she agreed to waive her right to sue any other ‘potential defendants’ – which would include the prince, given the allegations she has made against him.

Miss Roberts claims she was raped by the Duke on three occasions in 2001 when she was 17 and he was 41.

Whilst a no-liability settlement would prevent Andrew having to be interviewed by Miss Roberts’ lawyers, it would do little to help clear his name. 

Prince Andrew walks through New York’s Central Park with Jeffrey Epstein following the latter’s prison term in 2011

Prince Andrew is interviewed for the BBC’s Newsnight in November 2019. In the interview, Andrew denied Ms Giuffre’s claim that they had shared a sweaty dance at a London nightclub, saying that at the time he could not sweat due to a condition

Andrew has always vehemently denied the allegations and said he does not recollect meeting Miss Roberts, despite the existence of a picture of them together with Ghislaine Maxwell.

Andrew’s legal team argued this week Miss Roberts’ case should be thrown out on several grounds: her previous settlement, the fact that she has not given enough specifics about the alleged abuse and that her pursuit of the case was ‘unconstitutional’. 

Judge Kaplan said his ruling on whether the case should go to trial would be issued ‘pretty soon’. It is expected any day.   

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