His lawyers’ attempt to cling to the quibbles has failed. Now for the prince Andrea the blackest hour arrives. He will be tried in the United States, involved in the scandal Epstein and in the story of feasts with minors organized by the pedophile financier who then committed suicide in prison. An hour of despair for Queen Elizabeth and for the whole house of the gods Windsor who expected another ending. The judge in fact rejected the request of the Duke of York to dismiss the civil case brought by his accuser Virginia Giuffrè. A step back: her lawyers recalled that the woman had already reached an agreement with the financier, when she was still alive, for compensation from 500 thousand dollars with the commitment to silence the whole affair. But the judge, who took a few days, decided otherwise. That agreement did not explicitly include Andrea and the process can go on.
It is a process that risks seriously embarrassing the Corona. Because the most embarrassing testimonies about what happened will now flow through the courtroom 20 years ago. Giuffrè has accused Jeffrey Epstein and his partner Ghislaine Maxwell (in turn convicted in recent weeks for having procured fragile minors for her partner’s parties) of having lured her for red light parties when she was a minor, in 2001. Then she added: “I was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17”. In the lawsuit that started last August, he also added even more serious details: beatings and emotional stress caused intentionally towards him. All stories that will now resonate in a courtroom and will be reverberated around the world by the media.
What is the Buckingham Palace reaction? For now, silence. But the Queen has already downloaded the terzogenito, now disliked even by most of the subjects. He told him plainly: “We will not spend a pound to pay for your defense.” So Andrea should put up for sale the prestigious chalet of Verbier, in the Swiss Alps, where he spent part of the winter with his family. Value: 20 million euros.