Prince Andrew news latest: Duke accuser wants 'vindication' over 'financial settlement' as Queen STRIPS him of HRH title

Prince Andrew news latest: Duke accuser wants 'vindication' over 'financial settlement' as Queen STRIPS him of HRH title

01/14/2022

The Duke of York's accuser wants to be "vindicated" by the legal process and is not motivated by reaching a "purely financial settlement", her lawyer has said.

One of the few options open to Andrew is to try and reach an out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre after a US judge ruled her allegation of sexual assault against him can be heard at a civil trial.

But the suggestion by David Boies, Ms Giuffre's attorney, that money alone would not satisfy his client might indicate she may want her day in court or some admission from the duke or acknowledgement of her position. The lawyer declined to rule out the prospect of his client agreeing a settlement but said there was "no suggestion of settlement discussions at this point".

It comes as Andrew was sensationally STRIPPED of all of his military honours by the Queen amid his sex assault scandal.

The bombshell news was announced by Buckingham Palace this evening just days after a US judge ruled the abuse claims against him should go to trial.

Virginia Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York three times back in 2001 – and Prince Andrew strongly denies any wrongdoing and even says he has never met Ms Giuffre.

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    What name will Prince Andrew go by now?

    The Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have now been returned to the Queen. According to reports, Andrew will not go by His Royal Highness in any capacity.

    It is unclear how he will be addressed moving forward.

    Andrew's titles have been suspended since he stepped down from public duties in 2019 amid fury at his friendship with paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

    But until January 13, the duke retained his roles – which left eight British regiments in limbo more than two years on.

    His honours included Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth and Deputy colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth's Own).

  • Joseph Gamp

    Is Prince Andrew still a prince?

    Prince Andrew, who was stripped of all royal and military titles following his legal trouble, will now no longer use 'His Royal Highness' in any official capacity – which puts him in the same position as Prince Harry.

    Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement: "With The Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. 

    "The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

    "He could never again attend a military ceremony,” a source told Express.co.uk, “Even if Andrew is completely exonerated from any wrongdoing he is now regarded as toxic."

    A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence told the BBC that it had no comment about the duke's military titles being handed back to the Queen and that it was a matter for the Palace.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Why was he stripped of his military titles?

    It was announced on January 12, 2022, that Queen Elizabeth II had removed all of Prince Andrew's military titles, just hours after 150 former members of the Royal Navy, RAF, and British Army had written a letter asking her to do so.

    The decision comes after it was revealed that Prince Andrew will face a civil trial in New York after his motion to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s sexual assault case was thrown out by a judge.

    She claims she was trafficked to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17-years-old, accusations he has since denied.

    “With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen," a statement from Buckingham Palace read.

  • Joseph Gamp

    What were Prince Andrew's military titles?

    Over the years, Prince Andrew was awarded a number of military titles.

    Those titles included:

    • Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth
    • Colonel-in-chief of the Royal Irish Regiment
    • Colonel-in-chief of the Small Arms School Corps
    • Commodore-in-chief of the Fleet Air Arm
    • Royal colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers
    • Deputy colonel-in-chief of the Royal Lancers
    • Royal colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland

    Andrew & Virginia’s photo together

    PRINCE Andrew could face five bombshell claims during his court battle with his rape accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre – with one of the claims being a photo of him and Virginia together.

    Despite Andrew insisting he has never met his accuser, a photo appears to show them together.

    Taken in 2001 when Virginia was 17, the picture appears to show the Duke alongside her, with Maxwell standing to the side.

    It was allegedly snapped at Maxwell’s townhouse in London.

    The three are smiling in the picture, with Andrew’s arm around Virginia’s waist – with the photo allegedly taken by Epstein.

    But in his Newsnight interview, Andrew claimed the photo could have been doctored as he doubled down on claims he never met Virginia.

    He claimed he has no memory of going upstairs in Maxwell’s house and said the clothes he was wearing in the picture are his “travelling clothes”.

    Andrew also said he has never seen Epstein with a camera and dismissed the image as a “photograph of a photograph of a photograph”.

    Andrew hasn't attended a single military event since stepping back

    He has not attended a single military event since he stepped back from royal duties two years ago and is expected to be “invisible” during Platinum Jubilee events.

    Andrew has strenuously denied all allegations.

    Leading commentator Phil Dampier also told The Sun Online he may likely pay off his accuser to avoid any further embarrassment for Her Majesty.

    Explained: What we know about Prince Andrew’s case

    • The royal faces a number of bombshell claims from his accuser Virginia Roberts
    • She alleges she was forced to have sex with him three times after being trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell
    • He strongly denies any wrongdoing and even says they couple have never met
    • Andrew brushed off her description of an encounter by saying he could not sweat
    • Experts have said Andrew could try to settle out of court & may lose his royal titles

    Prince Andrew vows to defend himself (continued…)

    A source close to the Duke told Sun Online: “Given the robustness with which Judge Kaplan greeted our arguments, we are unsurprised by the ruling.

    "However, it was not a judgement on the merits of Ms Giuffre’s allegations. 

    "This is a marathon not a sprint and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”

    Prince Andrew vows to defend himself

    PRINCE Andrew has vowed to defend himself against a civil lawsuit by accuser Virginia Giuffre as the Queen strips him of his titles,

    The Duke of York's military titles and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen, Buckingham Palace has sensationally announced today.

    The move comes after Andrew's lawyers failed to persuade a U.S. judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him that accuses him of sexual abuse.

    The royal vehemently denies any wrongdoing.

    • Joseph Gamp

      One is not amused

      Prince Andrew denies claims Giuffre was forced to have sex him more than 20 years ago at Ghislaine Maxwell's London home when she was just 17.

      Her allegations have dogged Andrew since she first made them in 2011, when a now infamous photograph emerged of him with his hand around her.

      Giuffre’s feared lawyer David Boies will grill the royal in front of jurors under oath – and could also question Andrew’s former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, and their daughter Princess Beatrice.

      The ruling is the latest setback for Andrew, who has tried to disassociate himself from Maxwell and her paedo ex Jeffrey Epstein.

    • Joseph Gamp

      What titles will Prince Andrew lose?

      His honours included Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth and Deputy colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth's Own).

    • Joseph Gamp

      Duke of York accuser not motivated by reaching 'purely financial settlement'

      The Duke of York's accuser wants to be "vindicated" by the legal process and is not motivated by reaching a "purely financial settlement", her lawyer has said.

      One of the few options open to Andrew is to try and reach an out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre after a US judge ruled her allegation of sexual assault against him can be heard at a civil trial.

      But the suggestion by David Boies, Ms Giuffre's attorney, that money alone would not satisfy his client might indicate she may want her day in court or some admission from the duke or acknowledgement of her position.

      The lawyer declined to rule out the prospect of his client agreeing a settlement but said there was "no suggestion of settlement discussions at this point".

      Legal experts have described Andrew reaching an out of court agreement, rumoured to be in the millions of pounds, as his best worst case option – as it avoids him being cross-examined in court.

      The civil sex case also threatens to set off a "constitutional crisis" which will engulf the royal family, media lawyer Mark Stephens has said.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Andrew will no longer formally use HRH title

      Prince Andrew will also no longer use the style "His Royal Highness" in any official capacity, it's claimed.

      Andrew's titles have been suspended since he stepped down from public duties in 2019 amid fury at his friendship with paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

      But until today, the duke retained his roles – which left eight British regiments in limbo more than two years on.

      His honours included Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth and Deputy colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth's Own).

    • Joseph Gamp

      Armed Forces veterans had called for Andrew to be stripped of titles

      In another development, Armed Forces veterans have called on the Queen to "strip" her son of all his military ranks and titles in an open letter to the head of state.

      The group had been co-ordinated by Graham Smith of the campaign group Republic.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Statement in full as patronages handed back to the Queen

      The Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have now been returned to the Queen.

      Buckingham Palace said in a statement this evening: "With The Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. 

      "The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

    • Joseph Gamp

      News from Buckingham Palace

      Andrew will give up all of his royal titles and patronages it was revealed this evening.

      The bombshell news was announced by Buckingham Palace this evening.

    • Joseph Gamp

      BREAKING: Prince Andrew stripped of titles by the Queen

      The Duke of York has been stripped of his titles by the Queen, it has just been revealed.

      It comes after a judge ruled he will have to face a sex assault lawsuit in court.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Prince Andrew breaks cover for the first time

      The Duke of York, 61, was driven in a Range Rover in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Thursday morning.

      Andrew looked solemn as the 4×4 left his home Royal Lodge after a judge threw out his plea to dismiss the civil case brought by Virginia Giuffre.

      Andrew strongly denies all allegations against him and also claims he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing by his pals Maxwell and Epstein.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Andrew ‘finished as a working royal’

      The case is the most significant legal action against a member of the Royal Family in recent memory – and comes after years of allegations against the Duke.

      Leading commentator Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: “I think he is finished as a working royal.

      “It was suggested he would try and get back this year for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands events but that’s non starter for him the way this is going.

      “It wouldn’t surprise me in time if he loses his military patronages. “

    • Milica Cosic

      Andrew should 'settle' before Jubilee

      A royal expert has claimed that Prince Andrew should choose to go for a financial settlement, before the Queen's Jubilee in order to allow her to celebrate properly.

      Speaking on GB News, Robert Jobson said: "“I think the best thing for Prince Andrew to do is to settle, that way the Queen can look forward to a 70th year on the throne that she can actually enjoy it. 

      “I don't think there is any other option.

      “I don't believe that this is in his interest or anyone's interest that this goes any further.

      “The reality is this whole stench will hang over him, if it goes into a court case.

      “It will all be looked over forensically, which may actually end up putting himself deeper in trouble.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Queen 'unlikely to remove Andrew's titles'

      According to a royal expert, The Queen is unlikely to remove Prince Andrew's titles.

      This is because, the royal expert says, is that it would appear like she is 'judging him' before he has had time to defend himself in court.

      When asked whether it the Queen was likely to remove Andrew's titles, royal expert Chris Ship said: "I think the simple answer to the question, 'can he come back from this?' is no, quite frankly.

      "We all know he stepped down temporarily from his royal duties while he fights to clear his name – it's looking much more permanent now than it's ever done, that stepping down from royal duties.

      "For the titles, and all the rest of it, does he have his HRH title, with all his military titles he's got…

      "I think it would be really, really difficult, impossible for the Queen to take those away because it's almost like judging him before the end of the legal process."

    • Milica Cosic

      Andrew's accuser not motivated by purely financial statement

      The Duke of York's accuser, Virginia Giuffre, is not motivated by reaching a 'purely financial settlement', her lawyer has said. 

      One of the few options the Prince has is to try and reach an out of court settlement with Virginia Giuffre.

      Speaking on Newsnight, Mr Boie said: "I think it's very important to Virginia Giuffre that this matter be resolved in a way that vindicates her and vindicates the other victims.

      "I don't think she has a firm view at this point, or could she, as to exactly what a solution should be.

      "But I think what's going to be important is that this resolution vindicates her and vindicates the claim she has made."

      He added: "A purely financial settlement is not anything that I think she's interested in."

    • Milica Cosic

      Meghan's dad urges her to 'come forward' re Andrew rape claim

      MEGHAN Markle’s dad has urged her to speak to US law enforcement if she “knows anything” about Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claim she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew.

      Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Meghan’s dad Thomas said: “Quite honestly, I feel that if Meghan knows anything about this, she should speak to law enforcement in the States.

      “I know she has had some dealings with Andrew, of course she has, and if she has been to any events or venues he has, she needs to speak out.

      “She has no right to refuse to do so, really.

      “I understand that Andrew’s reputation is damaging to the royal family.

      “If she knows anything and has been involved in Andrew’s circle in any way, shape or form, it’s her duty to speak about it.

      “She’s not exempt from this because she’s a Duchess.

      “In fact by leaving the UK and taking her prince with her she gave up the right to be a Duchess.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Giuffre's allegations dodged Andrew since 2001

      Andrew denies claims Giuffre was forced to have sex him more than 20 years ago at Ghislaine Maxwell's London home when she was just 17.

      Her allegations have dogged Andrew since she first made them in 2011, when a now infamous photograph emerged of him with his hand around her.

      Giuffre’s feared lawyer David Boies will grill the royal in front of jurors under oath – and could also question Andrew’s former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, and their daughter Princess Beatrice.

      The ruling is the latest setback for Andrew, who has tried to disassociate himself from Maxwell and her paedo ex Jeffrey Epstein.

      In a car-crash interview with the BBC, Andrew denied ever meeting Giuffre and claimed he was at a Pizza Express in Woking on the night in question.

      Read more here.

    • Milica Cosic

      Fancy going on royal travels with the Queen? Look no further…

      Her Majesty has put up a job advertisement for a Travel and Logistics Officer who will work at Buckingham Palace – and the role includes planning overseas trips.

      The successful candidate will be responsible for “getting everyone to the right location, ahead of a full day of engagements.”

      And this will include creating detailed travel plans for UK and abroad visits ensuring the trips for the likes of Kate Middleton and Prince William “run seamlessly.”

      The advert says: “The Royal Travel Office is a small team tasked with providing travel solutions of the highest standard and logistical support to all parts of the Royal Household.

      “You’ll research, identify and plan the most efficient travel options. 

      “With responsibility for arranging employee travel, as well as distributing daily travel schedules, you’ll support the busy operations of the Royal Household.”

      The salary is £33,000 per annum and you’ll also get 33 days holiday.

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