Prince Andrew Gets Royal Treatment, The Queen Set To Bail Him Out Big In Epstein Case
"report from The Telegraph has suggested that Guiffre will receive more than £12 million and that the Queen will provide some of the money from her private Duchy of Lancaster estate, which recently increased its worth by £1.5 million to more than £23 million. The Queen is thought to have already paid millions of pounds to help Andrew fight the case.
Andrew reportedly faced pressure from senior royals to resolve the lawsuit ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, which will be celebrated in June. Negotiations over the settlement are believed to have lasted for at least 10 days, and Buckingham Palace is said to have been relieved to learn the case will not go to trial.
However, it seems the settlement is not enough to earn Andrew an appearance at the Jubilee. The prince had his remaining military titles and patronages removed earlier this year and agreed to no longer use his HRH title."
The deal comes just weeks before Andrew was scheduled to sit for a deposition, in which he would have been questioned under oath by Ms. Giuffre’s lawyers. Andrew did not admit to any of Ms. Giuffre’s accusations against him in the statement announcing the settlement.
In her lawsuit, Ms. Giuffre claimed that Andrew, known as the Duke of York, sexually abused her when she was under 18 at Mr. Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on his private island, Little St. James, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The suit also claimed that Andrew, Mr. Epstein and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, had forced Ms. Giuffre to have sexual intercourse with Andrew at Ms. Maxwell’s home in London. Ms. Giuffre had feared repercussions if she disobeyed the three because of “their powerful connections, wealth and authority,” the lawsuit said.