'Smartest move in decades' Andrew praised for settling civil sex abuse case

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The Duke of York, 61, is currently embroiled in a civil suit brought against him in New York by Virginia Giuffre. She alleges that the prince sexually abused her at three different locations – the Duke of York has vehemently denied all claims.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Ms Giuffre and the Duke of York reached a “settlement in principle” ahead of a court trial.

Within court documents, the Duke of York also pledged to donate a “substantial” amount to Ms Guiffre’s charity.

A document submitted to a US court by Ms Giuffre and Andrew’s lawyers said: “Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement.

“The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed).

“Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.

“Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks.”

Reputation expert and royal commentator Eric Schiffer claims the decision to settle ahead of a trial in court is a “smart move” for the royal and claims it is the “smartest” thing the royal has done in the last decade.

He claims if the case had gone to trial, the fallout would have “engulfed the monarchy”.

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Following the news of the settlement, there has been much speculation as to whether Andrew would re-join the royal helm or undertake public duties again.

However, Mr Schiffer claims this would be a “royal nightmare” especially if this happened quickly after the case’s latest development.

He said that if a return to royal life was possible for the Duke this wouldn’t be until “later this year because he remains radioactive.”

He added: “Andrew’s smartest strategy is to buy a stack of books and a few streaming subscriptions and plan to stay indoors and away from cameras for the next six months.”

Elsewhere in the document filed to the US court, it states Andrew regrets “his association” with Epstein.

It says: “It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years. “Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein and commends the bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.

“He 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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