“He really needs to think about it, because it has already become super embarrassing for the British royal family.”
This is how it sounds from BT’s international correspondent, Jakob Illeborg, after the British prince Andrew was defeated in court in the USA on Wednesday.
The American court in New York gave the plaintiff Virginia Giuffre the green light to continue his civil lawsuit against the 61-year-old British prince, even though the prince had tried in every conceivable way to avoid the lawsuit, which could end in a very embarrassing affair.
“The Queen’s favorite son has now had his feverish attempt to avoid ending up in a civil lawsuit over whether he had sex with a minor. It ain’t pretty, «Says Illeborg, who has lived in London for 20 years.
The famous image of a young Virginia Giuffre with Prince Andrew and with Ghislaine Maxwell in the background. Prince Andrew refuses to remember that the photo was taken.
If Prince Andrew ends up in court, he can have all his dirty laundry hung to dry. Mail, text messages and other private and intimate information like health information can be published during the trial, which can give the prince more scratches in the already bleak image.
Alternatively, the prince may choose to reach a settlement with 38-year-old Virginia Giuffre, who accuses the prince of having sex with her three times when she was 17 and was held as a sex slave by Jeffrey Epstein.[display-posts orderby="rand"]
But it is also not entirely problem-free:
“He is sitting in the scissors, because Giuffre’s lawyers have announced that if a settlement is to be reached, it must not only be of a financial nature. This means that if a settlement is to be reached, then other elements must be included, and whatever it may be, it is interesting, “says Illeborg.
For the past six months, Prince Andrew has been hiding in the royal castles, where he has, among other things, enjoyed his rides.
Foto: PETER NICHOLLS
And it is here that it can become an explosive cocktail for Prince Andrew.
“I can imagine that they will ask him to acknowledge that some of the course is right. But if he does, then he has also acknowledged that something may be right in relation to a possible criminal case subsequently. So that means he has to think about it, “says Illeborg.
In addition to the civil case against Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell is also considering whether to appeal the verdict she received in December for having been in league with Jeffrey Epstein in connection with his sexual crimes.
Among other things, she was convicted of grooming minors to Epstein, just as she was also convicted of sex trafficking.
It does not look good on Prince Andrew.
Foto: IAN KINGTON
If Maxwell ends up cooperating with the police instead of appealing, it could mean that several others – including possibly Prince Andrew – could be dragged into a criminal case.
And if Prince Andrew apologizes to Giuffre, for example, in connection with a settlement, it may be seen as a form of admission that he has done something wrong, which could be potentially inconvenient if the police raise a new criminal case due to new information from Maxwell.
“It has already hit the royal house. It can go really wrong here if, firstly, he is found guilty in a civil lawsuit and, secondly, subsequently gets involved in a criminal case, “says Illeborg.
Prince Andrew is really sitting in the scissors.
Foto: Toby Melville
‘This is a huge story in Britain. And the way in which one has tried to avoid appearing in court like all other people also shows that there is still no understanding on the part of Prince Andrew that the times when one has special privileges and where certain things should not apply for the royals, is about to be over. “
Until a possible settlement is reached, Giuffre’s lawyers will treat the case as if it were going to court. This means that evidence is being gathered for an initial hearing.
A judge has ruled that all evidence in the case must be filed by July 14th.