CAUSE Andrew will pay £10m from the sale of his Swiss chalet in an out-of-court settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre, The Sun understands.
His desperate move comes after a US judge ordered him to face a civil trial this fall for claiming he sexually abused Ms Giuffre when she was 17.
The Duke of York, 61, is understood to be ready to do “whatever it takes” to prevent his sexual abuse case from overshadowing The Queen’s Platinum Year.
Ms Giuffre’s attorney last night told The Sun that “settlement is always a possibility”, as legal experts say it is his “least worst option”.
Senior royal aides are all urging Andrew to settle as soon as possible to prevent him from dragging “the whole monarchy into the mud”.
His £2,000-an-hour legal team was locked in talks last night amid “the biggest constitutional crisis in living memory”.
The key could be his chalet in Verbier, Switzerland.
The Queen is rumored to be moving money for his case but it would be seen as a PR disaster if she paid an alleged sex abuse victim to end the claims against her son. Grandma.
Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies told The Sun: “I think Virginia is determined to go to court, but the possibility of a settlement is always possible.”
The US court’s decision means that Andrew will have to issue a sworn witness statement in response to Ms Giuffre’s claims.
He will also be required to provide potentially damaging disclosures.
Oaths from ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are a possibility.
A full civil trial with a jury could see Andrew being cross-examined about his sex life, connections to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, and asking exactly what he did with the person. denounce.
Andrew and his attorneys prepared two statements to send after the decision but, in another sign that a settlement offer may be imminent, neither was made immediately. instantly.
A spokesman for the Duke also declined to comment.
Andrew has not been seen this year. He denies the allegations and sources say he is determined to clear his name.
His attorneys have previously claimed an undisputed but accepted financial offer over 95% of US civil trials are settled out of court.
Mark Stephens, an expert on constitutional law, said: “This has dropped a bomb on the Royal Family. That is the most serious problem in living memory.
“The only thing to make it worse is if he is cross-examined for what he did or didn’t do with a 17-year-old woman. He has to deal with it now. It was his least bad choice. He will be criticized by Ms Giuffre’s attorney in court.
“Someone in the Royal Family must grab the tiller and guide it to a safe shore.
“The Queen will take advice from Downing Street, the Privy Councilors and her trusted aides.
He is faced with three choices, none of which are good
1. Facing the accuser in court
FACE Virginia Giuffre in court, “get tough” and fight to clear her name.
But experts say that strategy carries a high degree of risk, pitting the senior royal against an alleged victim of sexual abuse in the US court system.
Even if Andrew was determined to oppose Ms Giuffre’s claims – which he vehemently denies – the reputational damage could still be huge.
He will most likely be cross-checked via video link on some extremely personal matters – including his sexual preferences.
2. provide cash payment
SET UP and give Virginia Giuffre lots of money to walk away.
Pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, a close friend of Andrew, paid Giuffre £370,000 for a “non-prosecution agreement”.
Andrew will almost certainly have to pay up to £10m to secure a ‘no liability’ deal.
Even then, there’s no guarantee the deeply damaging new document won’t be made public as negotiations drag on.
Effective revenge for a victim of Epstein also means his reputation will never recover.
3. Stay away from the case
Refused to participate in the lawsuit brought against him. His accuser will almost certainly win a judgment by default and damage and costs in the millions.
The cost of fame will be far worse for Andrew – as well as inciting the fury of the UK’s most powerful ally.
Andrew remains the subject of a US “mutual legal assistance” request against the UK – filed as they seek to question him in the Epstein investigation.
It’s getting dusty but now Andrew can put the Home Office in a tough spot.
“The damage needs to be limited. Andrew, I suspect he will be stripped of his royal title. A settlement of five or ten million is a good bet but Ms Giuffre may want a court date. “
Last night Buckingham Palace was away from Andrew. A spokeswoman for the Queen said it would not comment on an ongoing legal matter.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said: “For his mother’s sake, Andrew had to settle. The last thing his lawyers want is for Andrew to say anything because he is a verbal disaster.”
Nigel Cawthorne, author of Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace, said: “It’s the final nail in Andrew’s famous coffin. If a settlement has been made then the taxpayer will have the right to ask where the money came from. “
Yesterday’s 46-page ruling by Judge Lewis Kaplan will go to trial in New York between September and November.
While he cannot force Andrew to attend, he will have to provide statements and potentially be questioned by videolink.
Ms Giuffre said paedo Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, trafficked her for sex with powerful men.
Mr Boies added: “Virginia is delighted that her claims will now be legally determined.
“It’s been a long road, but we’re getting to the end. We will find a way to bring down ten to 12 people.”
Asked if they would include Sarah, Beatrice and Eugenie, Mr Boies said: “It could happen.”
He expected the removal of Andrew to take place in February.
Kap . Crusher
CAUSE Andrew’s date to US justice was sealed in a chillingly crafted verdict from a New York court.
District Judge Lewis Kaplan laid out in 44 pages why the royal attempt to dismiss the case was unsuccessful.
He brushed aside the record of obscure US legal cases that Prince’s legal team had highlighted.
The judge called the 2009 agreement signed between paedo Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Guiffre “vague”.
He said Andrew’s claim of a non-prosecution agreement protecting him as a third party was “an over-generalization”.
Judge Kaplan ruled that Ms Guiffre’s case was “legitimate enough”.
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