Prince Andrew’s lawyers are reportedly planning to “demolish” Virginia Giuffre’s story and, in the process, restore the Duke of York’s reputation. The 62-year-old’s lawyers will reportedly be making moves by disclosing legal documents in order to clear the royal’s name.
It has been reported that Andrew’s legal team has sought to gain access to papers in the ongoing lawsuit between the accuser Ms Giuffre and the US lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
Ms Giuffre formerly accused Mr Dershowitz of abuse, although later admitting that she had made a mistake, as reported by The Sunday Times.
The Duke of York, who is the second son of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, paid an estimated £12 million settlement fee to Ms Giuffre after she made claims that he had had sex with her when she was 17.
These are claims that Andrew has repeatedly denied, with the settlement only paid to get Ms Giuffre to drop the claim in the US.
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Andrew was quizzed about his friendships with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in an BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis in 2019.
In the interview, Andrew, who is the least popular royal, insisted that the sexual encounter, which Ms Giuffree claimed happened in 2001, “didn’t happen”.
He also questioned the validity of a photograph of the two of them, which was supposedly taken at Ghislaine’s house.
Due to the fallout from Andrew’s BBC interview, the 62-year-old stepped back, with the late Queen’s approval, from royal duties.
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Like his nephew Prince Harry, some have speculated that Andrew could be set to write his own memoir.
The memoir, which Andrew would “never have considered when his mother was alive”, could be an aim to clear his name after having to constantly deny Ms Giuffre’s allegations.
It has been reported that Andrew recently revealed to friends that a “mystery development” will restore his disgraced reputation, with the Duke evidently not giving up on a royal return.