'We've become a laughing stock' Jeremy Vine highlights huge issue as foreign media mock UK


The Duke of York last week settled a civil sexual assault case brought against him in the US by Virginia Giuffre. Ms Giuffre had been suing him, claiming he sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17. Prince Andrew has consistently and strenuously denied the allegations.

The British Royal has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to both Ms Giuffre and a charity for victims of sex trafficking of her choice.

The out-of-court settlement in principle has spared the Queen’s second son from the public humiliation of a trial.

However, it has not saved him from becoming the target of what appears to be an unflattering Aussie TV programme about him.

And if the promotional video posted on social media is anything to go by, the programme makers have not pulled their punches.

Posting a video clip of the programme to Twitter, Australia’s 60 Minutes wrote: “TONIGHT on #60Mins, how the rogue royal dodged a bullet – but who’s really paying for his silence?”

The video shows a small part of Prince Andrew’s disastrous interview with the BBC’s Emiliy Maitlis, where he denies ever having met Ms Guiffre.

“I…I have no recollection of ever meeting her …I…I have a peculiar medical condition,” the stuttering Duke is heard to say.

One interviewee is then filmed saying: “The joke was he should have a revolving door in his bedroom.

“Okay a forty-year-old man with about 50 or 60 teddy bears on his bed… alright fair enough.”

The promotional clip prompted Mr Vine to take to Twitter and write: “We have become a laughing stock.”

His followers were quick to add their own thoughts.

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While another commented: “We? Not sure that’s true JV. He has.. but not me or you.”

In a letter on Tuesday 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).”

It went to say that the Duke of York “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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