Buckingham Palace fears irreparable harm as a result of defending Prince Andrew’s sexual lawsuit which calls for his case to go to a jury trial, according to reports.
Palace sources are said to be surprised by the duke’s “change of mood” after constantly telling his family there was little to no chance he would face a civil trial in the US, according to the daily mirror.
It comes after Prince Andrew formally submitted legal arguments to the court over a series of sexual abuse allegations brought by accuser Virginia Giuffre, in a move that brings the gains closer to a jury trial later this year.
In the 11-page document, the Duke also denied being a “close friend” of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted last month of recruiting and grooming teenage girls for Epstein to abuse.
Buckingham Palace plans to go ahead with preparations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, as the Queen and the rest of the royal family “will do everything they can” not to let Andrew’s legal troubles ruin Her Majesty’s great year marking 70 years since her accession to the throne. to the throne
Media lawyer Mark Stephens said Andrew would also face detailed questions of a sexual nature if he gives evidence, either in person or via video link, which could have far-reaching consequences for the royal family as a whole.
He said: “I cannot conceive of the royal family allowing you to take this case and overshadow the Platinum Jubilee.
“It’s going to spark a debate about the relevance and appropriateness of the royal family and we’ve already seen that they moved very quickly to strip him of his titles and that debate has died down, but the more details that come to light, the more there’s going to be a problem.” for the royal family in general.”
Commenting on the lurid details that may emerge from the trial, Stephens added: “For example, Virginia Giuffre will be asked questions about the prince’s body, any markings, his performance, what positions were taken, every detail that can be asked. and then that will be put on Andrew.
He speculated that the duke could still withdraw from a trial to avoid the legal spectacle that could damage the monarchy’s position in the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
He said: “The reason we think he has to settle is for the time being. Essentially, this case will take up the rest of this year, and if it takes up the rest of this year, that’s your mother’s entire Platinum Jubilee.
“The only thing he could have done to prevent this from getting worse is to have withdrawn the case and stopped it in some way so that there would be no alternative news. This is going to be crippling if he’s really determined to take it to trial.”
A source close to the process also agreed that the case could still be resolved out of court. “The liquidation issue can never be completely off the table,” they said. The times. “But I think their intentions are pretty clear judging from the last filing: they want to see the matter resolved in court.”
The issue has begun to affect other members of the royal family, and the Duke of Cambridge was faced with a question about his uncle when he visited London’s Foundling Museum with his wife last week.
A Sky News television reporter asked Prince William: “Do you support Andrew?” as the couple left, but he did not respond.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.