POLL: Should Prince Andrew be stripped of his Duke of York title?


As part of the deal, Andrew paid a “significant” sum – rumoured to be £12million – to Ms Giuffre’s charity which supports and campaigns for victims of sexual abuse. As part of the settlement, the Duke of York accepted that Ms Giuffre had been a victim of abuse but made no admission of liability.

This means he stuck by his longstanding denial of her accusation that she had sex with him while she was being trafficked by paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

As the dust begins to settle on the longstanding scandal, Express.co.uk readers are invited to share their views on what the future holds for Andrew.

Do you think he should be stripped of his Duke of York title?

And with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations imminently beginning, could the duke attend them?

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Andrew told Emily Maitlis during the interview that he was unable to sweat because of a medical condition which has since cleared up.

He also insisted that he was dropping his daughter off to a party at a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking, Surrey, on the night in question.

Announcing the news in a letter to US judge Lewis A Kaplan, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies wrote jointly with Prince Andrew’s lawyers to say the pair had reached “a settlement in principle”.

A statement included with the letter read: “The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed).”

Despite the bitter legal spat drawing to a close, many observers claimed that there is no way back for the prince as a frontline royal.

He stepped back from public life following the interview before losing all of his military titles earlier this year.

Writing in the Telegraph, royal expert Camilla Tominey said: “We will probably never know exactly how much it took to make the Virginia Giuffre case finally go away once and for all.

“But a clue to the significant size of the sum was hidden in a comment David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, made to my colleague Celia Walden in January.

“Adamant that it wasn’t about the money for his client but ‘holding Prince Andrew to account’, Mr Boies chose his words carefully as he admitted: ‘If you had a settlement that was large enough to be, in effect, a vindication, then it’s something we would obviously look at’.

“Ms Giuffre had wanted an apology, but the lack of any admission of guilt on the Duke of York’s behalf suggests that the 61-year-old’s new-found freedom from a jury trial has come at a significant price.

“Whatever the legal bill, which is being partly footed by the Queen, the true cost to the reputation of the ninth-in-line to the throne remains incalculable.”


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