A senior member of the royal household reportedly said many in the palace hoped that Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse case had already been “solved”.
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Prince Andrew’s decision to demand a jury trial to fight sexual abuse allegations against him is reportedly causing some “unrest in the palace”.
Yesterday, the Duke of York officially denied in court a catalog of sexual abuse allegations made by his accuser Virginia Giuffre.
His legal team filed court documents in New York stating that he “hereby requires a jury trial on all causes of action asserted in the lawsuit.”
In an 11-page response to Guiffre’s lawsuit, Andrew repeatedly asserts that he “lacks sufficient information to admit or deny” most of his allegations.
The Prince refutes his main claim of “sexual abuse” when he was “under the age of 18”.
It paves the way for a trial, which could take place when his mother, the Queen, celebrates her Platinum Jubilee later this year.
And according to the Evening Standard, senior figures hoped Andrew would settle out of court to avoid embarrassing or harming the monarchy.
A senior member of the royal household told the publication: “Your determination to pursue this case can be understood. But, yes, it is causing some uneasiness in the palace. Many hoped that it would be resolved by now.”
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Another important figure added: “Didn’t someone once say ‘the most dangerous creation in any society is the man who has nothing to lose’? People talk about this in connection with overshadowing the Platinum Jubilee. It’s much worse, more widespread than that.”
Meanwhile, a prominent lawyer has warned that Andrew could face intimate questions about his sex life and body when he presents evidence in his civil sex trial.
Media lawyer Mark Stephens says the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be “overshadowed” by the Duke of York’s possible civil jury trial and raise questions about the “relevance” of the royal family.
But depending on events, it is possible that the duke will reach an out-of-court settlement with Giuffre.
Stephens said any trial, expected by the end of the year, 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 said: “For example, Virginia Giuffre will be asked questions about the prince’s body, any markings, his performance, what positions were taken, all the details that can be asked. and then that will be put on Andrew.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.