Prince Andrew’s terrible, horrible, not good, very bad start to 2022

First, other revelations from a civil lawsuit claiming the prince had sex with a minor. Then, the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell. Not a very good year.

In August 2019, following the death of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in custody pending further criminal charges, I written about dangers who was waiting for his royal friend, Prince Andrew: “Prince Andrew surely knew that the sword of Damocles was suspended above his head by that famous single horsehair. He appreciates the awe-inspiring lifestyle and power that comes with being a son of Queen Elizabeth II, but needs to be aware of the precariousness of his position. And now this thread is seriously fraying. It’s all because of his own actions.

The first week of 2022 could be when this sword goes a little lower.

For months, he has been battling a civil lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, who claims Epstein forced her to have sex with the prince when she was 17. His trial uses the New York one. Child Victims Act, which gives more legal options to those who have been abused while he is under 18 years old.

At January 4, lawyers of the prince and Giuffre will appear before District Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York. Royal prosecutors want the case closed, arguing, among other things, that Giuffre was on the age of legal maturity (17) in New York when the alleged sexual assault took place.

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Andrew appears to have little evidence to support his own defenses that he didn’t know Giuffre, was at a birthday party at Pizza Hut when she claims they met once in London, and has a health issue that questions his account. . IIn a file dated December 30, Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies was scathing: “Based on his findings of discovery, Prince Andrew has apparently already determined that he has no documents that would meet the majority requests from the applicant. [Giuffre’s] requests. Whether Prince Andrew really has no documents regarding his communications with Maxwell or Epstein, his trip to Florida, New York or various places in London, his alleged medical inability to sweat or anything that would support the alibis he has. given during his BBC interview, then continuing with the discovery will not be a burden to him at all.

There was a possible glimmer of good news for Andrew on Jan 3, when a confidential settlement from 2009 bbetween Epstein and Giuffre was made public by the U.S. District Judge overseeing Giuffre’s trial against the Queen’s second son (As well as the judge in a related lawsuit between Giuffre and another friend of Epstein’s, U.S. law professor Alan Dershowitz, whom she also accused of sexual assault.)

The rule, who gave Giuffre US $ 500,000, declares that Giuffre (then known as Virginia Roberts) “hereby remits, releases, acquits, satisfies and releases said second parties and any other person or entity that may have could be included as a potential defendant (“Other potential defendants”) of all kinds of actions and actions of Virginia Roberts, including state or federal government, causes and causes of action (common law or statutory), lawsuits, debts, contributions, sums of money, accounts, accounts, obligations, invoices. Prince Andrew’s lawyers argue that the formulation in this settlement means that Giuffre waived his right to sue the prince.

Whether he is or not, it continues to generate bad headlines for him around the world.

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during this time, the judge overseeing the criminal case involving Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted of procuring and treating sex victims for Epstein, and who was a close friend of Andrew, asked lawyers involved in this case to have Maxwell’s sentencing schedule tabled by January 10. One way for Maxwell, 60, to reduce his sentence could be to offer damaging evidence against Epstein’s famous friends, including the prince.

Regardless of the final outcome of this week’s legal process, the damage to “Prince Andrew, Duke of York, aka Andrew Albert Christian Edward, as an individual” as identified in US legal documents is incalculable. . It has been more than two years since he interviewed the BBC about her relationship with Epstein boomeranged the prince, forcing him to stop any official engagement on behalf of his mother. The pressure only intensifies with each new revelation, including photos from Maxwell’s trial of her and Epstein having fun as Andrew’s guests on the Queen’s private estate at Balmoral.

Over the weekend, UK newspapers were filled with warnings about his fate, especially if he loses the civil lawsuit. The options offered include throwing him into “exile,” Who could means losing one’s right to use the title of “Duke of York” and renouncing his last sponsorships, including military titles.

Even like his friends and allies dungeon throwing means for him return to public life (the latest is to resuscitate his entrepreneurial project, Pitch @ Palace) it seems anything but impossible. Even though Giuffre loses his case, Prince Andrew has already lost in the court of public opinion. There is simply no turning back.

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