Prince Andrew latest news – Senior royals William and Charles ‘furious’ & Queen 'may be asked to fund settlement'

LAWYERS are to launch a fresh bid to get the lawsuit against Prince Andrew dismissed, it was reported.

Accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre said she is unlikely to accept a pay off and the Duke is currently waiting on tenterhooks for a judge to decide whether her civil lawsuit will be ditched.

The news comes as The Queen would be asked to help fund Prince Andrew's potential settlement with his sex assault accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, it is reported.

If Andrew does opt to offer Ms Giuffre a settlement, which is said to likely exceed £5million, the Queen would be asked to contribute, The Telegraph reports.

Read our Royal Family live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    "Kate is now the ultimate media star”

    The Sun’s Royal Photographer tells the remarkable inside story of how he watched through his lens as shy art student Kate Middleton transformed into our future Queen.

    “The first time I took a photograph of Kate Middleton, I didn’t know who on Earth she was.

    “Prince William had invited a group of his friends from university to Sandringham for the weekend.

    “It was only when I was looking through some old photographs recently that I spotted Kate among William’s pals.

    “And you would not recognise her.

    “Back then you would never have credited that the young woman who walked through those gates would turn out to be our future queen.

    “Kate is now the ultimate media star.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Who is the Princes attorney?

    The Duke of York’s attorney Andrew Brettler will present his motion to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s sex assault civil lawsuit.

    Mr Brettler is a notable Hollywood lawyer and senior partner with Lavely & Singer, who has previously represented several celebrities accused of sexual assault.

    These include actor Armie Hammer, and singer-songwriter Ryan Adams.

  • Louis Allwood

    Royal outrage

    The Duke of Cornwall and the Duke of Cambridge are reportedly fuming over suggestions the Queen may be asked to settle her son’s fees – although some sources have already said she won’t.

    Andrew is currently waiting on tenterhooks for a judge to decide whether his rape accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s civil lawsuit will be ditched.

    And in the meantime, it is believed he is having to raise funds to pay for the ongoing legal battle, with Wills and Charles both reportedly adamant the Queen should not bail him out.

    A source told the Mirror: “They are both of the opinion that Andrew can sort out his own mess.”

    Prince Andrew has always fiercely denied the allegations against him.

    If the lawsuit goes ahead, he will face a full civil trial in New York over claims he sexually abused Ms Giuffre on three occasions in 2001 when she was 17.

    But insiders have claimed he could try to settle the lawsuit out of court if it goes to trial, with his lawyers keeping the settlement option “on the table” due to the negative impact a court case could have on other senior royals.

  • Louis Allwood

    National anthem debate

    Andrew Rosindell MP told the Commons the anthem provides “a great sense of unity and pride”.

    He said during the Platinum Jubilee the BBC should play it at the end of programming — at 1am or 2am depending on weekdays or weekends. 

    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries described the suggestion as “fantastic”.

    The BBC used to play the anthem every night but the tradition was scrapped in 1997.

    Culture minister Chris Philp backed the idea and other expressions of patriotism, including flying the Union Jack.

    He said: “The more we hear the national anthem sung, frankly, the better.

     “Organisations like schools are free to promote it and the more we can do in this area, the better it’ll be.” 

  • Louis Allwood

    Back and better than ever

    Nine months after refusing to apologise to Meghan Markle — which saw him unceremoniously axed from Good Morning Britain — the star is back: Bigger, better, bolder and, now, uncensored.

    He launches his new, no-holds-barred column in The Sun next week and, naturally, promises to have the last word on the mouthy Duchess of Sussex.

    He says: “The column is called Uncensored because it does what it says on the tin.

    “Effectively I was censored at my previous job and told to apologise to Meghan Markle for an honestly held opinion, which obviously I wasn’t going to do.

    “Pushy little Princess Pinocchio tried her utmost to cancel me, and she will be in for a very unpleasant surprise when I emerge, like Lazarus, from my den.

    “It was a pretty bruising experience on Good Morning Britain but I’m now working somewhere where I’m free to express my opinions.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Becoming a mother (Continued…)

    Darren continued, “She seems happy to be seen as a relatable mum, dealing with all things parents would usually deal with while raising three young children – what you see is what you get with her. 

    “The main difference with Kate compared to other Royals is that we do not see such displays of affection with the Royal children like she gives. 

    “If you look at historical footage of the Queen with the children, and also Princess Anne, we do not see the same level of rapport as we do with Kate. 

    “Historically, the Royal children have been chaperoned by staff during public engagements, but Kate tends not to do that and both her and Will are often seen hand-in-hand with their brood – choosing to be present and hands-on.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Becoming a mother

    In the last decade, Kate has become a mother, welcoming three children with William. 

    Darren has commented on her maternal instinct and how this has developed over the years.

    He said: “Her maternal instinct is often displayed through her body language, which too has evolved as she’s got older. 

    “In many photos and video clips, Kate is seen kneeling down to the height of her children when she is talking to them – a gesture that is both nurturing and protective. 

    “Kate has also been seen to chastise Princess Charlotte in photos where her daughter was misbehaving. 

    “While other Royals would never have been happy to be seen in this light, Kate’s body language remains open and transparent."

  • Louis Allwood

    How did Kate celebrate last year?

    It comes after Kate marked her 39th birthday in lockdown last year, celebrating with her family at their home in Norfolk, as the nation was once again told to stay at home.

    In a message thanking fans for their kind well wishes, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official social media account said at the time: "Thank you for your kind wishes on The Duchess’ birthday.

    "Birthdays have been very different in recent months, and our thoughts continue to be with all those working on the front line at this hugely challenging time."

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton to ‘ditch big 40th birthday party'

    The Duchess of Cambridge turns 40 on Sunday – but is understood to be ditching any party plans amid the rise in Covid cases.

    Her special day comes just a few months before the Queen is expected to throw William a bash for his own 40th in June, with Windsor Castle or Sandringham among possible venue options.

    And it's believed Kate, who will reportedly “celebrate privately with her family” this weekend, could join him centre stage.

    Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, told the Mirror: “The Queen is tremendously fond of enjoying such occasions and this would be no different.

    “There’s a lot to look forward to in her Platinum Jubilee year, and with both William and Kate turning 40 it’s an extra excuse to celebrate.

    “This is a pretty big one for the Cambridges so it should be quite the party.”

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘No-fly zone’ to be put in over Windsor

    Aircraft and drones will be banned from January 27 from passing within a 2,500ft altitude over the residence.

    The order will also make it an offence to fly inside 1.4 miles of the castle walls.

    Moves to increase security come after an intruder with a crossbow got into the grounds, right, after a “kill the Queen” video was posted online on Christmas Day.

    The 95-year-old monarch has spent almost all of the past two years living in her ­private apartments there due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    The Civil Aviation Authority says it is in the public interest to impose the ban.

  • Louis Allwood

    Virginia ‘told fellow Epstein “slave” that she had sex with Andrew’, Maxwell witness claims

    Ms Giuffre, then Miss Roberts, 17, reportedly showed the victim the infamous picture of her posing with Andrew at convicted sex trafficker Maxwell's home.

    And Carolyn Andriano, 35, has now waived her right to anonymity to share her full knowledge of Virginia's alleged encounter.

    She told the Daily Mail Miss Roberts texted her from London in March 2001 to say she was going for dinner with Andrew, Maxwell and Epstein.

    Miss Roberts is alleged to have shown the picture of her with Andrew to Miss Andriano back in Florida, saying of the prince: "I got to sleep with him."

    She is also said to have said they had dinner and they "had sex".

    Giving her account, Mrs Andriona, who is now a mum-of-five, explained: "I asked her if she’d been to the palace. And she said 'I got to sleep with him'.

    "I said 'What? You’re f****** with me' and she said 'no, I got to sleep with him'."

    The married mum added: "She said they had dinner and they had sex.

    "She didn’t say anything about what they ate or where they were – that’s not what we were talking about.

    "It was just that she couldn’t believe she got to sleep with Prince Andrew."

  • Louis Allwood

    Low key celebrations

    KATE Middleton is planning a "much lower key" 40th birthday than Meghan Markle's celebrations, it has been claimed.

    The Duchess of Sussex famously held a '40 x 40' event to mark her birthday last August, inviting dozens of her closest friends to offer 40 minutes of their time to offer advice on returning to work after the coronavirus lockdown.

    But Kate Middleton is reportedly keen that her own 40th birthday celebrations next week are considerably less high profile, aware that seeking attention like Meghan would be an unpopular move at this difficult time.

    Royal expert Jonathan Sacedoti told the Royally US podcast "I may get a bit of grief for this, but we saw how Meghan conducted herself for her 40th and we can wonder whether or not Catherine is going to be doing the same thing."

    "I don't think we will be seeing anything similar from Princess Catherine… I think that we will be seeing something a lot lower key, is what we have been told."

  • Louis Allwood

    Chalet for sale

    PRINCE Andrew is trying to sell his Swiss Chalet to help fund the cost of his sex abuse case.

    The Duke of York has reportedly settled on a price with a buyer for his Verbier home believed to be in excess of £17million.

    The money he is left with could be used to fund his US lawyers or even offer a settlement to sex abuse accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

    A source revealed to The Mirror: “It is crunch time for Andrew on several fronts.

    “He is meeting all the costs himself so he needs to raise cash fast to pay bills which are increasing by the day.

    “If there was the potential to settle, well, that is an option, but it is in no doubt that the Queen would not assist him in doing so.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton has evolved as a ‘relatable mum’

    KATE MIDDLETON turns 40 this weekend so here we take a look back at how she has evolved over the years.

    It goes without saying that we all love Kate and body language expert Darren Stanton has revealed why.

    Behavioural expert Darren has analysed how the Duchess of Cambridge has changed over the years and reveals that she has evolved into a ‘relatable mum’, displaying ‘similarities to Princess Diana’. 

    Speaking on behalf of Be My Bet, Darren also reveals that from her transparent approach to parenting and her genuine nature, Kate’s maternal side has evolved since becoming a mother and she has grown in 'confidence' as an established Royal over the past decade. 

    Darren said: “Kate Middleton has been a very permanent member of the Royal family since she first began dating Prince William nearly 15 years ago and as she approaches her 40th birthday, it’s clear to see how her style has evolved over the years as she’s established herself as a royal.”

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Fresh bid to get Virginia Robert’s rape claim thrown out’

    PRINCE Andrew’s lawyers are to launch a fresh bid to get the lawsuit against him dismissed, it was reported.

    Accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre said she is unlikely to accept a pay off and the Duke is currently waiting on tenterhooks for a judge to decide whether her civil lawsuit will be ditched.

    If it goes ahead, Andrew will face a full civil trial in New York over claims he sexually abused Ms Giuffre on three occasions in 2001 when she was 17.

    Andrew has always strongly denied all allegations made against him.

    His lawyers now reportedly believe they can stop the case as federal law explicitly bans two parties who are not US residents facing each other in court.

    “They believe they have a genuine argument to get this thrown out," a source told The Mirror.

    "If they can prove under federal law where Ms Giuffre has filed her case, that there is precedent not to bring a case where both parties are not US residents, then it should be halted immediately.”

    Insiders have claimed Andrew could settle the lawsuit out of court if it goes to trial, with his lawyers keeping the settlement option "on the table" due to the negative impact a court case could have on other senior royals.

  • John Hall

    ‘I am haunted by photo of Prince Andrew’

    VIRGINIA Roberts’ ex-boyfriend has said he is haunted by the photo that appears to show Prince Andrew with his arm around her waist.

    Anthony Figueroa was dating Virginia at the time when she was groomed by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein.

    He blames the royal for the breakdown of their relationship – saying Virginia was “different” whenever she returned from the three alleged sexual encounters she had with him.

    Andrew categorically denies all claims against him – and says he has no memory of meeting Virginia.

    The Duke of York was pictured with Virginia on the same night he allegedly first abused her after she had been trafficked to him at Maxwell’s house in London.

    However, he has offered a number of explanations over the snap – which was allegedly taken by Epstein – including that it has been doctored.

  • John Hall

    Princess Charlotte ‘isn’t allowed’ a best friend at her school

    PRINCESS Charlotte is now in Year 2 at school – but she isn't allowed to have a best friend there, it has been claimed.

    The young royal started Thomas’s Battersea in 2019 and was dropped off by Kate Middleton, Prince William, and big brother Prince George, who is also a pupil at the school.

    Speaking on Loose Women, Jane Moore shared some of her insider knowledge of the exclusive prep school – and its rules.

    She said: "It's a really great little school actually for the reasons I think that it really focuses on kindness, it's a really big thing in that school and the pastoral care is amazing.

    "There's a policy that if your child is having a party, unless every child in the class is invited you don’t give out the invites in class, which I think is quite a good thing as you don’t feel excluded.

    "There are signs everywhere saying be kind, that’s the ethos of the school. They don’t encourage you to have best friends."

  • John Hall

    Royal round up

    • Ghislaine Maxwell demands dead paedo pal Epstein cover £5million court costs after being found guilty of sex trafficking
    • Ghislaine Maxwell will NOT name names or cut deal to reduce 65-year jail term for sex trafficking, her brother says
    • Prince Andrew rocked by claims he could be stripped of his Duke of York title if he loses sex abuse lawsuit
    • The Queen’s New Year photo convinced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that royals were ‘against them’, royal author claims
    • Meghan Markle will ‘create shockwaves’ that will ‘jangle the royal family’ in 2022 says Princess Diana’s astrologer

    Will Queen's jubilee be a bank holiday?

    Yes, in November 2020, Oliver Dowden announced “a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate The Queen’s 70-year reign”.

    The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday, June 2, 2022.

    An additional Bank Holiday will take place on Friday, June 3, 2022.

    It means there will be a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘want to sell £11m mansion after just 18 months 

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry already want to sell their US home as they are not “over the moon” over the £11m lavish mansion, it is claimed.

    The couple have been living in the sprawling, nine-bedroom Montecito home for around 18 months.

    But a source claims Meghan and Harry are now showing interest in other houses and are open to private offers.

    The insider told the Mirror: “They are thinking of selling their house there.

    “However, it won’t be on the market because of who they are. It’s only being shown to people who are confirmed with funds and are serious buyers.”

    Prince Charles message praising sons

    In a letter, Prince Charles mentioned Harry and Prince William that he wrote to urge older generations to take meaningful action to tackle the climate crisis.

    Writing for Newsweek, he said: “As a father, I am proud that my sons have recognised this threat.

    “Most recently, my elder son, William, launched the prestigious Earthshot Prize to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years by identifying and investing in the technologies that can make a difference.

    “And my younger son, Harry, has passionately highlighted the impact of climate change, especially in relation to Africa, and committed his charity to being net zero.”

    • John Hall

      Meghan to receive tiny figure

      Meghan, 40, agreed to accept nominal damages from the Mail on Sunday.

      Last month, the newspaper was ruled to have invaded her privacy by publishing a 2018 letter the duchess sent to her dad Thomas Markle.

      Associated Newspapers will also pay a sum for infringing copyright and a large part of Meghan’s £1.5million costs.

      In March, the High Court ruled in her favour after she sued.

      The Court of Appeal then rejected a bid by Associated to have the verdict overturned.

    • John Hall

      Royal expert slams Harry’s decision to release book

      Royal expert Phil Dampier had previously blasted Harry’s decision to release the book then as “disrespectful”.

      “If Harry had any intention to patch things up, he would appreciate that the year should be really concentrated on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee,” he said.

      “To release his book in the same year as that is disrespectful.

      “The timing couldn’t be worse.”

      However, we exclusively revealed that Harry could DELAY the book after Prince Charles offered an olive branch.

    • Louis Allwood

      How will the Queen spend her Jubilee?

      The national Jubilee festivities are taking place in June over a four-day holiday weekend.

      But the Queen is actually set to pass the milestone on February 6 – the anniversary of the death of her father King George VI in 1952.

      The Queen usually spends her accession day privately at Sandringham, but it is possible she may be seen at church, or carry out a local engagement in Norfolk as she has done in the past on milestone jubilees.

      The royal extravaganza from June 2-5 – with an extra Bank Holiday – includes Trooping the Colour, a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, a visit to the Epsom Derby, a live concert at Buckingham Palace, and street parties and picnics.

      A Platinum Jubilee Pageant will also be staged on June 5 against the backdrop of the Palace and along The Mall in central London, and combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume.

      But how much the public will see of the Queen during the celebrations has not yet been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

    • Louis Allwood

      'I didn’t know who on Earth she was'

      The Sun’s Royal Photographer tells the remarkable inside story of how he watched through his lens as shy art student Kate Middleton transformed into our future Queen.

      “The first time I took a photograph of Kate Middleton, I didn’t know who on Earth she was.

      “Prince William had invited a group of his friends from university to Sandringham for the weekend.

      “It was only when I was looking through some old photographs recently that I spotted Kate among William’s pals.

      “And you would not recognise her.

      “Back then you would never have credited that the young woman who walked through those gates would turn out to be our future queen.

      “Kate is now the ultimate media star.”

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