The date is set: Prince Andrew’s lawsuit overshadows her jubilee on the throne
It’s getting serious for Prince Andrew – and unfortunately for Queen Elizabeth too. A trial date has been set for the Virginia Giuffre abuse lawsuit. And that falls on the monarch’s jubilee of all things.
As if Queen Elizabeth, 95, did not have enough stress and concern about her health at the moment, the Megxit and the abuse lawsuit pending against her son, Prince Andrew, 69, are now also gathering dark clouds over her 70th anniversary. Because: The trial date has now been set.
16 witnesses are to testify
It should be ready next autumn. As reported by the British media, the New York-based judge Lewis Kaplan should expect the hearing between September and December 2022. Numerous witnesses are said to testify in the case, confirms Royal expert Omid Scobie. “A date has been set for Virginia Giuffres abuse lawsuit against Prince Andrew. A New York judge announced today to lawyers for both parties that it is expected to take place between September and December 2022,” he wrote on Twitter. “At least 16 witnesses, including two from Great Britain, will testify beforehand.”
It is not yet known who these witnesses are, but it is believed that Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 69, and daughter Princess Beatrice, 33, as well as a police officer could testify.
Prince Andrew dismisses abuse allegations
Virginia Giuffre charges that the Duke sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17, including one night in March 2001 at Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London. Prince Andrew denies these allegations, who is always accompanied by his security team. He told “BBC Newsnight” that he had not been to a nightclub with the accuser that night because his wife at the time was gone and he therefore took his daughter to a “Pizza Express” in Woking, England.
David Boies, the plaintiff’s attorney, announced that he intended to make a formal request to speak to two witnesses from the UK. “I think we can get them to volunteer, but … we should know within the next two or three weeks,” The Telegraph quoted Boies as saying.
Dark clouds over Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee
The monarch’s platinum anniversary next year could thus be largely overshadowed by her son’s trial. In addition, the verdict could coincide with the appearance of the dreaded biography of Prince Harry, 37, in which he wants to share the “true story” of his life.
A very special reward awaits her for her hard work
Prince Andrew is said to have been excluded from all celebrations around the throne anniversary. He is unlikely to stand by his mother’s side on the balcony of Buckingham Palace even for the RAF air show. “The plan is that he will be invisible during the festivities,” a source told the Sun recently.
Sources used: twitter.com, telegraph.co.uk, the-sun.com