‘Now it’s time to turn around and fight’: Prince Andrew drastically changes his legal strategy to fight sexual abuse claims
- The prince is being sued in New York by Virginia Giuffre for alleged sexual abuse
- Andrew, 61, has consistently and vehemently denied Virginia’s claims, now 38
- Andrew’s lawyers have finally acknowledged Prince has received court papers
Prince Andrew has drastically changed his legal strategy to fight sexual abuse claims, with an ally saying last night: ‘Now is the time to fight back and fight back to clear his name.’
The prince is being sued in New York by Virginia Giuffre, now 38, who alleges he sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17 — in London, New York and on American pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s island in the Caribbean. Andrew, 61, has consistently and vehemently denied the claims.
After a surreal legal cat-and-mouse game, Andrew’s lawyers finally acknowledged on Friday that the prince had received legal papers. He now has until October 29 to respond.
US lawyers tried to deliver legal documents to Andrew at his home in the Royal Lodge in Windsor, through the British courts and by mailing them
A source with knowledge of the proceedings told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The decision to bring in high-profile’ [US lawyer] Andrew Brettler to challenge the civil case marks a major turning point in the approach, and the US team will make a strong effort to challenge Ms. Giuffre’s claims in an effort to provide the Duke with a platform to finally clear his name.
“They’re going to investigate and dismantle the claims one by one.”
The news came when respected biographer Nigel Cawthorne, author of Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell And The Palace, called on Andrew to relinquish his HRH title while the case continues.
The prince is being sued in New York by Virginia Giuffre, now 38
“Andrew is supposed to be an officer and a gentleman, so he should do the decent thing and give up his HRH title,” Mr. Cawthorne said. Harry and Meghan had to stop using their HRH status and they have not been charged with anything. But by retaining her titles and her military roles, the Queen has been tainted by the charges.”
American lawyers tried to deliver legal documents to Andrew at his home in the Royal Lodge in Windsor, through the British courts and by mailing them.
A company detective sent to the gates of the Royal Lodge said the security personnel there were “ready” not to accept the court papers. Ms. Giuffre is claiming unspecified damages.