Prince Andrew wants to fend for himself. And especially without his mother. Since last August, the Duke of York has been the subject of a rape complaint, filed by Virginia Roberts in New York, for facts dating back to the early 2000s, when she was 17 years old. If he proclaims his innocence loud and clear, the father of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie may well have to explain himself in court. Behind the scenes, moreover, his legal team is trying everything to avoid a trial, even attacking the complainant. An aggressive defense, which Elizabeth II is not at all aware of. Indeed, according to the affirmations of a close friend of His Majesty, Prince Andrew would have decided to put it aside. Sources say the Duke of York has been “less than communicative” with his mother about how he plans to defend himself against the allegations by Virginia Giuffre.

“Everyone, even at the top of the state, has been left in the dark, assures one of them. The fact that there was little or no discussion with the senior members of the family is simply mind-boggling. ” Yet Elizabeth II would be ready to help him. Especially on the financial level. Last October, the Telegraph assured that Her Majesty had decided to “finance, in private, the bill of Prince Andrew to fight against the trial for sexual assault”. For this, the monarch would have spent “millions” of pounds, because her son receives “no income” since he gave up his role in the Crown. The Duke of York has always firmly denied the charges against him, especially in a catastrophic interview with the BBC in 2019. “I can absolutely tell you that it never happened,” he said.

Prince Andrew: when will it be fixed?

Surrounded by a team of fierce lawyers, Prince Andrew has been trying for months to discredit the words of Virginia Giuffre. “Giuffre’s refusal to include anything other than the most conclusive allegations is puzzling given his tendency to disclose to the media the alleged details of the same allegations included in the complaint,” they said in a statement, tackling the complainant with her “tendency to change her story”, prompting her “to keep the allegations of the complaint vague, so as not to commit to any specific account”. Lawyers for Prince Andrew have accused the plaintiff of lying because “memories fade, false memories are created and witnesses die or otherwise become unavailable.” On January 4, a hearing will be held in New York. Judge Lewis Kaplan will then decide on the judicial follow-up to this case: a classification or a judgment.

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