Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre have reached an out-of-court settlement, a decision which will be a “huge relief” for the Queen, Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family
The Queen and the royal family will be “hugely relieved” that Prince Andrew has managed to reach an out-of-court settlement in his civil sex case against Virginia Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre alleges she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with the Duke on three occasions after being trafficked by the pair – claims the Queen’s son has always strongly denied.
A statement released this afternoon confirmed they have reached an agreement away from the courtroom, and Andrew will make a “substantial donation” to Ms Giuffre’s charity.
Royal author Penny Junor believes his royal relatives will be extremely glad he’s avoided a public trial in the US.
She said: “Going to trial, it could have been very, very nasty.
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“It could have been embarrassing, humiliating, and it would have been huge fodder for the tabloid press.
“It could have really taken the shine off the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
“At last, he’s expressing some regret and some empathy for those girls.”
She said his 2019 Newsnight interview had been “all about him” but that Andrew has “got it right now”.
She added: “He’s got it right now, it took him a long time to get there but I think he’s got it right.”
Asked if there is a way back to public royal life for Andrew, Ms Juror said: “I think it’s very, very unlikely.”
Earlier this year the Monarch stripped her son of his royal titles and took back all 12 of his military affiliations, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
She faced mounting pressure to act with a letter signed by more than 150 Navy, RAF and Army veterans asking her to strip him of his military appointments.
At the time, a source told The Mirror he was “shell-shocked” by the decision.
Today’s statement, which was included in a letter submitted to US judge Lewis A Kaplan, who has been overseeing the civil sex claim brought by Ms Giuffre, said: “Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement.
“The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed). Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.
“Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms. Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks.
“It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years.
“Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.
“He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”