Duke accuser ‘not interested in purely financial settlement’ as Queen STRIPS son of HRH title

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

Mr Boies told BBC Newsnight: “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. A purely financial settlement is not anything that I think she’s interested in.”

It comes as Andrew was sensationally STRIPPED of his military & HRH honours by the Queen amid his sex assault scandal. The bombshell news was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening – just days after a US judge ruled the abuse claims against him should go to trial.

Ms 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.

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  • 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.”

  • Royal family support for Andrew ‘thin on the ground’

    THE Royal Family’s support for Prince Andrew is “thin on the ground” as only immediate family members are behind the Duke, an expert claims.

    Royal expert Chris Ship has suggested many members of the family have taken a step back from Andrew and revoked their moral support.

    He told Good Morning Britain: “From what I hear, his immediate family – Sarah Ferguson, his two daughters – are behind him.

    “But other members of the Royal family very much are not and are wanting to try and end this in whatever way they can in terms of the damage for the wider institution.

    “The support he has amongst the wider family is very, very thin on the ground indeed,” he said.

    Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the claims.

  • 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.

  • The Queen’s strict bedtime routine

    According to experts at, the monarch may actually owe her long life to her active lifestyle and sleep hygiene.

    But exactly what is Her Majesty’s bedtime routine and what makes her such a successful sleeper?

    1. A very fancy nightcap
    2. Separate bedrooms
    3. Set bedtime
    4. Sleep inducing meals

    Read the article in full here.

  • 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.

  • Prince Harry ‘could release most shocking claim yet’

    A royal expert has claimed that Prince Harry could release the “most shocking claims yet” in his bombshell book ahead of its launch.

    He is expected to hash out the reasons he left the Firm behind, name and shame the “royal racist” and delve into Princess Diana‘s life and divorce.

    But an expert claimed it is set to contain “juicy details” on the fallout with the Royals after the 37-year-old received a £15million advance from publishers.

    Royal expert Katie Nicholl believes he and wife Meghan will “drip-feed teasers” to the public to gear them up for a dramatic read.

    She told Closer magazine: “The book will no doubt be full of more intimate and shocking revelations – Harry wouldn’t have got a multi-million-pound advance without promising some juicy details.

    “And in the build-up to that, I imagine Harry and Meghan will have a carefully thought out publicity drive, which will see them drip-feed teasers in the months building up to the release,” she said.

    “There’ll be more shocking claims to come, perhaps their biggest yet!

    “I’m sure the Queen has a lot of anxiety over that and the royals will be braced for more bombshells.”

  • Andrew is ‘finished’

    A royal expert said the Duke of York is “finished” as a working royal and will likely lose all military honours amid his ongoing court battle.

    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.

  • 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. “

  • District Judge Lewis Kaplan’s crusher

    PRINCE Andrew’s date with US justice was sealed in a coldly crafted judgment from a New York court.

    District Judge Lewis Kaplan set out in 44 pages why the royal’s bid to get the case thrown out failed.

    He swatted aside dossiers of obscure US legal cases the Prince’s legal team highlighted.

    The judge called the 2009 deal signed between paedo Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Guiffre “ambiguous”.

    He said Andrew’s claim the non-prosecution agreement protected him as a third party was “an unduly broad generalization”.

    Ms Guiffre’s case was “legally sufficient”, Judge Kaplan ruled.

  • Andrew ‘to be asked about his PRIVATE PARTS’

    PRINCE Andrew could be “asked about his private parts,” the lawyer representing Jeffrey Epstein’s victim has claimed.

    No date has been set for the trial but it could take sometime between September and December this year.

    Mr Kuvin added: “It is without question the Duke will be asked about his private parts.

    “Nothing is off limits because if an underage girl can describe what the Duke of York’s private parts look like… how would that be if they had not had a relationship?”

    The Duke of York is understood to be prepared to do “whatever is necessary” to stop his sex abuse case overshadowing the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    He denies the allegations and sources say he is determined to clear his name.

    Read the article in full here.

  • Explained: What we know about Prince Andrew’s case

  • Virginia Giuffre’s ‘settlement is always a possibility’

    Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies last night told The Sun a “settlement is always a possibility”, as legal experts said it was his “least worst option”.

    Senior royal aides are all urging Andrew to settle as soon as possible to prevent him dragging the “whole monarchy through the mud”.

    Ms Giuffre, 38, is suing Andrew for unspecified damages, which Mr Kuvin said could “easily” be in excess of £14million if she is successful.

    Ms Giuffre says paedo Epstein, who died in jail in 2019, trafficked her for sex with powerful men.

    She claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew in 2001 when she was 17.

    Ms Giuffre also says she was flown to London to sleep with the Duke and forced to have sex with him at Epstein’s home in New York and in the US Virgin Islands.

  • You can stay in Buckingham Palace on Airbnb

    Buckingham Palace could go on the rental market at £500,000 a night, according to a new study which reveals how much it would cost to rent each of the royal residences on Airbnb.

    It would cost as much to rent Buckingham Palace for a single night as it would to buy two average UK homes outright. 

    Research conduced by online maths calculator GFC analysed the overall value of every property owned by the Royal Family to discover how much each royal home could fetch on the rental market.  

    • Buckingham Palace would cost a whopping £500,000 a night on Airbnb, and it would take the average Brit over 400 YEARS to save enough for one night of rent
    • Windsor Castle is the second most expensive royal residence to rent, costing £350,000 a night on Airbnb
    • Prince William and Kate Middleton’s home in Kensington Palace would cost £53,000 a night to rent, whereas Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s mansion in California is a more modest £3,600 a night 
  • More about Prince Harry’s book

    It is feared the release of the book threatens to overshadow Her Majesty’s Jubilee celebrations – even though he and Meghan could return to the UK to join in the fun.

    Harry has been writing the book with ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer – who has also written memoirs for Andre Agassi and Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

    He said he will be donating his profits from the book to charity.

    An audiobook version will also be released.

  • 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.

  • Piers takes swipe at Prince Andrew again

    It is not the first time that the ex-GMB host and Sun columnist has taken a swipe at the royal, mocking Andrew after he will be forced to fight off a sexual assault lawsuit – joking that he has “probably discovered he can sweat”.

    In another swipe, Piers said: “Will vile sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell now sing like a canary to avoid spending the rest of her life in prison?” he wondered.

    “If she does, there could be a lot of rich, powerful & famous people sweating tonight… and not sweating.”

  • Prince Andrew will NOT be able to hide behind Royal Family

    PRINCE Andrew won’t be shielded by the Royal Family while he fights his sex abuse lawsuit as a “private citizen”.

    The Duke of York, 61, was today stripped of his royal titles and military honours after a showdown with the Queen.

    His military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen with immediate effect after he was accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was just 17.

    The Duke will also no longer be able to use ‘His Royal Highness’ – and will face his US lawsuit as a “private citizen” meaning he can’t hide behind royal privileges. 

    Former assistant US attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Richard Signorelli told The Sun: “The stripping of his titles is very significant because it indicates he is no longer supported by a very important person in his life.

    “It will send him a signal and message that he is on his own in fighting these serious allegations.

    “He should give serious consideration to resolving with the plaintiff before the case progresses even further.”

  • Piers Morgan warns Prince Andrew of ‘far worse to come’ 

    PIERS Morgan has warned Prince Andrew “far worse is to come” after the “utter humiliation” of the Queen stripping him of his titles. 

    The firebrand broadcaster warned the Duke against continuing to “stonewall his way out of accountability” amid growing anger at the Virginia Giuffre sex-assault lawsuit.

    Andrew was tonight stripped of his royal titles and all military honours after a face-to-face showdown with the Queen.

    The move comes after Andrew’s lawyers failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him that accuses him of sexually abusing Ms Giuffre when she was 17— which he vehemently denies.

    In a stark tweet, Piers said: “Utter humiliation for Andrew but he only has himself to blame — and far worse is to come if he continues to try to stonewall his way out of any accountability re the serious allegations against him and his relationship with Epstein/Maxwell.”

  • Is Prince Andrew still part of the royal family?

    Prince Andrew has today lost the right to be able to formally use his HRH title.

    But the Duke, who is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, is still a member of the Royal Family.

    Andrew was originally ninth in the line of succession to the British throne.

  • Why was Prince Andrew stripped of his title?

    Prince Andrew was stripped of his military and royal titles following his sex abuse scandal.

    Virginia Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York three times back in 2001.

    Her bombshell allegations have dogged Andrew, 61, since she first made them in 2011 when the now-infamous photograph emerged of him with his hand around her emerged.

    Prince Andrew strongly denies any wrongdoing and even says he has never met Ms. Giuffre.

    On January 13, a source close to Prince Andrew told the BBC that the disgraced royal would “continue to defend himself” against Virginia Giuffre’s allegations.

  • 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).

  • 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, “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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

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