Prince Andrew building $12M legal ‘war chest’ to demand Virginia Giuffre retract sexual abuse claims: reports

Prince Andrew is reportedly assembling a $12 million warfare chest to launch a authorized case in opposition to sexual abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre in a bid to drive her to retract the allegations — and presumably apologize — in courtroom. 

In a civil lawsuit filed in 2020, Giuffre accused the Duke of York of raping and abusing her on three events in 2001 when she was simply 17. 

Although Prince Andrew has refuted any wrongdoing, he agreed to an out-of-court settlement paid to Giuffre in February 2022 amid strain from Buckingham Palace that damaging headlines had been distracting from Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. 

The settlement quantity was reported to be wherever between $3.6 million to $14.8 million. 

GHISLAINE MAXWELL CLAIMS PRINCE ANDREW, VIRGINIA GUIFFRE PHOTO IS ‘FAKE,’ HAS ‘NO MEMORY’ OF THE PAIR MEETING 

Photograph from 2001 that was included in courtroom information reveals Prince Andrew together with his arm across the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre who says Jeffrey Epstein paid her to have intercourse with the prince. Andrew has denied the fees. Within the background is Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. 
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“Andrew has at all times insisted he’s harmless and at last desires to show it in a US courtroom,” an unnamed royal supply instructed The Solar. “He was pressured into settling the case to keep away from overshadowing the Platinum Jubilee and has paid a heavy value, personally and professionally.” 

The King is blissful for him to pursue this,” the supply added. “As Head of State, he can’t again him publicly, however Andrew continues to be his brother, and he desires the most effective for him.”

The Telegraph reported that Prince Andrew consulted together with his attorneys after Giuffre dropped a separate sexual abuse lawsuit in opposition to American lawyer Alan Dershowitz in November.

Prince Andrew at the thanksgiving service at St. Giles' Church in Edinburgh

Prince Andrew on the thanksgiving service at St. Giles’ Church in Edinburgh
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In what the Duke of York seen as an “extraordinary growth,” Giuffre admitted in courtroom paperwork that she “could have made a mistake” in claiming Dershowitz had abused her as a youngster.

The Mirror reported that one in every of Prince Andrew’s prime attorneys instructed him he can “overlook it,” advising the Duke of York in opposition to going after Giuffre and that he ought to “simply really feel grateful that he’s not in jail.” 

Although he has denied the sexual abuse allegations even in settling, Prince Andrew was stripped of his army titles and charity patronages and ordered to not use his HRH title. His new authorized battle in opposition to Giuffre may pave the wave for the Duke of York’s eventual return to royal duties.

Virginia Giuffre has long alleged she was abused by the Duke of York when she was underage. 

Virginia Giuffre has lengthy alleged she was abused by the Duke of York when she was underage. 
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In her first post-conviction interview from behind bars set to air on TalkTV Monday, Ghislaine Maxwell, who’s serving a 20-year sentence in a Florida federal jail for her function in a scheme to sexually exploit and abuse a number of minor women with Jeffrey Epstein over the course of a decade, claimed that the notorious picture depicting Prince Andrew and Giuffre at her London residence in 2001 is a “pretend.” 

The disgraced Oxford-educated socialite additionally alleges she has “no reminiscence” of introducing the pair. 

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In a sit-down interview with BBC’s Newsnight in 2019, Prince Andrew had already denied assembly Giuffre and claimed the picture of the 2 at Maxwell’s residence might need been doctored. 

The Duke of York is reportedly drawing funds for the brand new authorized battle in opposition to Giuffre after he and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson bought their Swiss chalet final yr for about $12 million, The Solar reported. The Queen additionally reportedly left Prince Andrew a number of million kilos in inheritance.