Prince Andrew settlement seized by Scottish independence movement: 'Down with monarchy'

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The Duke of York was embroiled in a civil court case brought against him by Virginia Guffrie, who accused him of sexually abusing her two decades ago. Court documents revealed today state that the Duke of York intends to settle with a “substantial donation to Ms Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights”.

Andrew has vehemently denied all of the accusations made against him.

All Under One Banner, a campaign group for Scottish Independence, have already claimed the development further justifies a Scottish exit from the UK.

They tweeted: “Guilty. No amount of money can save his reputation.

“Down with the Monarchy, nothing more than organised crime. Scottish independence is fast approaching.”

In May last year, the Royal family led what pro-Scottish Independence paper The National called a “charm offensive” around Scotland.

Speaking at the General Assembly, Prince William said Scotland features in some of his “happiest memories”.

The Queen also made a comment that was interpreted by some as an appeal to unity between Scotland and the rest of the UK in a letter to the Church which was read out by the Reverend George Whyte, chaplain-in-ordinary and principal clerk.

The letter spoke of “new bonds” that have been “forged in times of emergency” that “will serve us all well in the future as the United Kingdom seeks to rebuild and reshape community life”.

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Ahead of the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum the Queen said Scots should “think carefully about the future”.

Her comment was made while staying at Balmoral, and was seen to influence the 55 percent vote against independence.

However, Prince Andrew’s settlement in principle out of court with the woman who accused him of sexually abusing her in a civil claim when she was 17 has sparked outrage against the royal family. He has vehemently denied the claims.

Comedian David Baddiel tweeted: “Interested to know which taxpayers, who fund the Royal coffers which bought Andrew most of the property that he sold to pay for this, were consulted about this.”

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Many commenters expressed outrage over the possibility that taxpayer money was being used to settle Prince Andrew’s court case.

A spokesperson for the Duke said that he would not be expanding beyond the statement filed in court. Meanwhile, when asked for comment by the PA news agency, Mr Boies said: “I believe this event speaks for itself.”

Earlier this year the Duke sold his £17million ski chalet in Verbier, Switzerland, amid reports he needed to raise cash ahead of the civil case.

The letter filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s attorney, stated that the Duke of York “pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”



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