Prince Andrew vows to defend himself in Virginia Giuffre sex ‘marathon’ case as Queen stripped of his title

CAUSE Andrew has vowed to defend himself against a “marathon” civil lawsuit by sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre as the Queen stripped him of his title.

Duke of York military title and royal patronage has been returned to the Queen, Buckingham Palace sensationalized this evening.

Prince Andrew has vowed to defend himself again against allegations of sexual abuse


Prince Andrew has vowed to defend himself again against allegations of sexual abuseCredit: JON BOND- The Sun
Prince Andrew poses with sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell


Prince Andrew poses with sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine MaxwellCredit: Shutterstock

The move comes after Andrew’s lawyers failed to convince a US judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him alleging he sexually abused Ms Giuffre when she was 17 – something he We vehemently deny.

A source close to the Duke told Sun Online: “Given the certainty that Judge Kaplan offers in welcoming our arguments, we are not surprised by this ruling.

“However, it is not a judgment based on Ms Giuffre’s allegations.

“This is a marathon not a sprint and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”

Andrew was expected to agree with a settlement out of court with Miss Giuffre.

It is understood he had to pay £10m from the sale of his Swiss chalet to make this a reality.

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Legal experts say it is his “least worst option” after a US judge ruled sexual abuse claims should be heard in court.

Can see a full civil trial with jury Andrew cross-examined his sex life, linked up with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and asked what exactly he did to his accuser.

Oaths from ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are a possibility.

But the new statement from our source suggests that at least for now the Duke will be fighting it and isn’t done.

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Queen Andrew cut throat…

  • Prince Andrew has been stripped of all his military ranks
  • He won’t be able to use ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity anymore
  • He was informed of the decision during a face-to-face meeting with His Majesty
  • The decision was approved by the Queen – but discussed ‘broadly with the Royal Family’
  • Andrew can’t ‘hide behind’ his royal bourgeoisie and is fighting a sex abuse lawsuit ‘as a private citizen’
  • He will not perform any public duties, the Palace confirmed
  • Prince Andrew’s old titles will be distributed to other members of the royal family

Announcing the removal of Andrew’s title, Buckingham Palace said in a statement this evening: “With the approval and consent of the Queen, the Duke of York’s military branches and royal patronage rights. The royal family has been returned to the Queen.”

“The Duke of York will continue to not perform any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

According to a source, the decision was “widely discussed among the royal family” and all of his titles were returned effective immediately.

According to Royal sources, in time they will be redistributed to other family members.

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Prince Andrew's royal and military patronage rights have been returned to the Queen


Prince Andrew’s royal and military patronage rights have been returned to the QueenCredit: Getty – Contributor

It comes as 152 veterans wrote an open letter to the Queen asking her to strip her middle son of “all ranks and titles in the army”.

The authors of the letter said: “As for any other senior military officer, it is inconceivable that he is still in this position.

“Regardless of the outcome of Virginia Guiffre’s civil case against Prince Andrew, his place in the British armed forces is now indisputable.

“Officers of the British Armed Forces are held to the highest standards. These are standards by which Prince Andrew is sorely lacking.

“He took the services he was involved with go awry.”

Signatories to the letter include Wing Commander David Hill, a former executive director of the charity Combat Stress, whose patron is Prince Charles.

It added: “We understand that he is your son, but we write to you as head of state and commander-in-chief of the Army, Navy and Air Force.”

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 staunchly 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. Offer to pay in cash

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. Remove 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 is dusty but now Andrew can put the Home Office in a difficult position.

The work was written by Republicans and the anti-monarchy advocacy group.

The statement said: “We are particularly upset and angry that Prince Andrew remains a member of the armed forces and continues to hold military ranks, positions and ranks.

Prince Andrew is a member of the elite Grenadier Guards, Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusileers and Colonel-in-Chief Commander-in-Chief of the 9/12 Lancers, Royal Ireland Regiment, Yorkshire Regiment, Arms Field Corps small.

Prince Andrew denies claims Giuffre was forced into sex more than 20 years ago at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home when she was just 17 years old.

Hers allegations have begged Andrew since she first made them in 2011, when a now-famous photo is of him with his arm around her.

Giuffre’s attorney David Boies fears to roast the royals in front of jurors under oath – and also to question Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, and their daughter the Princess Beatrice.

The ruling is the latest setback for Andrew, who has tried to separate himself from Maxwell and her ex Jeffrey Epstein.

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