Prince Andrew broadly smiles as he enjoys horse riding ahead of sexual assault hearing


The pictures of the grinning 61-year-old prince have appeared days after he was said to be “incredibly stressed”ahead of the hearing in his sexual assault case on January 4

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Prince Andrew is seen joking around

Prince Andrew is seen joking around as his lawyers are set on Monday to launch a last ditched attempt to have his sex abuse case thrown out.

The Duke of York was spotted horse riding on the country estate near the Queen’s Windsor Castle home, chortling along with two palace stable workers.

His new Hollywood hotshot lawyer Andrew Brettler is in place to meet the deadline set by a New York court by the end of the day, responding to allegations the Duke sexually abused a 17-year-old girl in 2001.

However, it is still expected that Andrew will be forced to face a civil trial in the United States against his accuser Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was forced to have sex with the royal on three occasions in 2001.

Ms Giuffre, who is now 38, was allegedly trafficked around the world by Andrew’s late paedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life in a jail cell last year as he awaited trial on a catalogue of sex crimes.

The Duke of York was spotted horse riding on the country estate
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The Duke’s legal team have previously labelled her, as a money grabber who is suing the Queen’s son “to achieve another payday at his expense”.

Ms Giuffre has accused the Duke of sexually abusing her at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion as well as his private Caribbean island Epstein, and at the London home of his lover Ghislaine Maxwell who is currently in a New York jail awaiting sex abuse and grooming charges.

She is claiming damages for emotional harm and distress which could run into millions of pounds if successful.

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An onlooker who saw the Duke out riding on Monday said: “Considering he is facing a civil trial on very serious allegations, he looked like he didn’t have a care in the world.

“He was laughing and joking with his riding companions and enjoying himself.”

US judge Lewis Kaplan will on January 4 for the last time examine both submissions from the prosecution and is expected to call for a trial to begin next autumn.

Prince Andrew takes an early morning ride
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Sources close to the Duke have revealed he has recently been “staying up late” and “working on US time” to speak to his lawyers who are based in California.

The Duke’s case preparations have also been marred by infighting between his UK solicitor Gary Bloxsome and Mr Brettler, allegedly due to a “severe clash in personalities”.

Mr Brettler is understood to have been “entirely unimpressed with the state of affairs” when he was hired at the eleventh hour in October after Andrew failed to dismiss the abuse claims against him, sources have disclosed.

Meanwhile, it emerged on Sunday how Prince Andrew has had “little or no discussion” over his legal woes with senior royals, including the 95-year-old Queen who has agreed to pick up his vastly expensive legal bills.

Until recently Andrew had “remained utterly convinced” he would still be able to join Her Majesty and the rest of the family for the public celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

But royal aides ruled will not appear at any public events or join them on the Buckingham Palace balcony for an RAF flypast.

The prince has consistently denied Ms Giuffre’s claims and, in 2019, told BBC Two’s Newsnight programme: “I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened.”

A spokesperson for Prince Andrew did not comment.




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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