Prince Andrew latest news – Desperate Duke 'trying to sell £17m Swiss chalet as Queen refuses to cover abuse case costs'

PRINCE Andrew is trying to sell his Swiss Chalet to help fund the cost of his sex abuse case.

The Duke of York has reportedly settled on a price with a buyer for his Verbier home believed to be in excess of £17million.

The money he is left with could be used to fund his US lawyers or even offer a settlement to sex abuse accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

A source revealed to The Mirror: “It is crunch time for Andrew on several fronts.

“He is meeting all the costs himself so he needs to raise cash fast to pay bills which are increasing by the day.

“If there was the potential to settle, well, that is an option, but it is in no doubt that the Queen would not assist him in doing so.”

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  • Louis Allwood

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s guilty verdict is the final nail in the coffin for Prince Andrew (Continued…)

    This is a comment piece by Ingrid Seward

    The Queen is limited as to what she can do for him. She can support him financially, but can’t be seen to be doing so in public.

    When this all came out originally, there were pictures of her riding with Andrew, but she’s distanced herself publicly.

    However, in reality, he is up at the castle all the time, schmoozing up to her ears.

    Despite everything, Andrew still has the loyalty from his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

    I think the Queen really appreciates her, as Fergie really has held that family together.

    If Maxwell starts throwing names about in order to reduce her sentencing, it could prove very damning.

    In the Newsnight interview, Andrew kept referring to Maxwell as his “friend”, almost using her as a get-out-of-jail- free card.

    So her guilty verdict must be a shock for him.

    And it makes things far worse because he’s always maintained his friendship was with her, far more than with Epstein.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s guilty verdict is the final nail in the coffin for Prince Andrew

    This is a comment piece by Ingrid Seward

    PRINCE Andrew has been weighed in the court of public opinion and found wanting.

    The verdict against Ghislaine ­Maxwell was enough to see to that.

    He’s now perceived as a one-time close friend with not only a convicted paedophile, but also a convicted sex trafficker.

    I think the public were shocked by the explicit revelations of the girls who gave ­evidence against Maxwell during the trial.

    They were also shocked to see the photographs taken by Andrew on his mother’s ­private property — especially the one of ­Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein relaxing at her log cabin on the Balmoral estate.

    It shows an extraordinary lack of sense and judgment and is one of the reasons it’s so damaging to the Royal Family.

    It’s arguably the final nail in the so-called coffin for Andrew.

    And it’s quite sad because there are two faces to Andrew.

    There’s the arrogant, royal face and then there is the loyal, kind face.

    And he’s not an unkind person. His stupidity just knows no bounds.

    It’s almost linked to the ­arrogance of the old-fashioned aristocracy who thought they were above the law.

  • Louis Allwood

    Judge DENIES bid to crush lawsuit because accuser ‘lives in Australia’

    Prince Andrew, 61, is facing a lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre who claims she was forced to have sex with him three times between 1999 and 2002 – in ­London, New York and on Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island.

    Andrew has always strongly denied all allegations made against him.

    But his legal team demanded the lawsuit be ditched as Ms Giuffre "lives in Australia and not the US".

    The 38-year-old is currently staying in Australia with husband Robert and their three children.

    Andrew's lawyers claimed questioning Ms Giuffre under oath would show she is “domiciled” in Australia instead of Colorado, as she says – and so a New York court would have no jurisdiction.

    But their bid has today been denied by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.

    The Duke’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said she was living in a £1million home in Perth when she filed her lawsuit and had spent less than two years in the US since moving Down Under in 2002.

  • Louis Allwood

    Andrew HAS sold £17m Swiss chalet to pay for legal battle

    The Duke of York has settled on a price with a mystery millionaire for his Verbier home believed to be in excess of £17million.

    Andy, 61, is said to be confident that paperwork will be completed soon and needs the money to fund his sex abuse case.

    But the Duke will first have to pay off Isabella de Rouvre who loaned the duke money to buy the chalet and sued him for £7million two 18 months ago.

    He could be left with around £10million that he can use to fund his US lawyers or even offer a settlement to sex abuse accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

    A source close to the sale said: "A buyer has been found and a price has been agreed.

    "Things are proceeding. It has not been completed yet. But it is hoped to be very soon."

  • Louis Allwood

    'The love we have for each other is very different'

    Despite divorcing in 1996 the couple have stayed on good terms and only a fortnight ago Fergie told of her bond with Andrew during an Italian TV interview in which she even hinted they could get back together.

    The Duchess of York confessed she still loves Prince Andrew and “will stand by his side” even in the face of allegations he sexually abused a Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein, when she was under 18.

    Sarah, who described marrying Andrew in July 1986 as a "fairytale" was asked by interviewer Bruno Vespa why it had ended.

    She replied:” Who said it's finished?

    "You know Bruno, the love we have for each other is very different from others, we share a very real respect for each other and real love for each other.

    "It's our fairytale and we honour each other. This is what we practice and we make compromises."

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Onwards and upwards’

    Sarah, 62, was with daughters Beatrice, 33, and Eugenie, 31, were spotted at Geneve Airport after leaving their £17 million chalet bright and early this morning.

    They were accompanied by their respective husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank for the holiday over the festive period.

    Two people carriers were needed to transport the family, plus nannies and luggage, from the swish Swiss resort of Verbier just before 8am where they have been since Boxing Day.

    The Duchess told The Sun about her wonderful holiday as she headed for her lunchtime British Airways flight home, as she wished us "Good morning".

    She then cryptically added: "Onwards and upwards."

    But Fergie refused to answer questions regarding Andrew's ongoing legal case in New York and the reported sale of the Swiss chalet they bought in 2014.

  • John Hall

    Andrew’s attorney’s argument

    Prince Andrew’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, yesterday argued that:

    • PRINCE Andrew was covered by the “other potential defendants” clause in the settlement;
    • GIUFFRE’S lawsuit against lawyer Alan Dershowitz was dismissed when the agreement was produced;
    • HER claims were too “vague”, adding: “She doesn’t allege what this abuse was”. He called the way she filed them “unconstitutional”;
    • FORMER New York governor Andrew Cuomo acted unconstitutionally when he extended the Child Victims Act deadline to August 2020. It allowed Ms Giuffre to file her lawsuit. Otherwise, her claims would have fallen outside New York’s statute of limitations.

    ‘I am haunted by photo of Prince Andrew’

    VIRGINIA Roberts’ ex-boyfriend has said he is haunted by the photo that appears to show Prince Andrew with his arm around her waist.

    Anthony Figueroa was dating Virginia at the time when she was groomed by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein.

    He blames the royal for the breakdown of their relationship – saying Virginia was “different” whenever she returned from the three alleged sexual encounters she had with him.

    Andrew categorically denies all claims against him – and says he has no memory of meeting Virginia.

    The Duke of York was pictured with Virginia on the same night he allegedly first abused her after she had been trafficked to him at Maxwell’s house in London.

    However, he has offered a number of explanations over the snap – which was allegedly taken by Epstein – including that it has been doctored.

    ‘I am haunted by photo of Prince Andrew’

    VIRGINIA Roberts’ ex-boyfriend has said he is haunted by the photo that appears to show Prince Andrew with his arm around her waist.

    Anthony Figueroa was dating Virginia at the time when she was groomed by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein.

    He blames the royal for the breakdown of their relationship – saying Virginia was “different” whenever she returned from the three alleged sexual encounters she had with him.

    Andrew categorically denies all claims against him – and says he has no memory of meeting Virginia.

    The Duke of York was pictured with Virginia on the same night he allegedly first abused her after she had been trafficked to him at Maxwell’s house in London.

    However, he has offered a number of explanations over the snap – which was allegedly taken by Epstein – including that it has been doctored.

    • John Hall

      Princess Charlotte ‘isn’t allowed’ a best friend at her school

      PRINCESS Charlotte is now in Year 2 at school – but she isn't allowed to have a best friend there, it has been claimed.

      The young royal started Thomas’s Battersea in 2019 and was dropped off by Kate Middleton, Prince William, and big brother Prince George, who is also a pupil at the school.

      Speaking on Loose Women, Jane Moore shared some of her insider knowledge of the exclusive prep school – and its rules.

      She said: "It's a really great little school actually for the reasons I think that it really focuses on kindness, it's a really big thing in that school and the pastoral care is amazing.

      "There's a policy that if your child is having a party, unless every child in the class is invited you don’t give out the invites in class, which I think is quite a good thing as you don’t feel excluded.

      "There are signs everywhere saying be kind, that’s the ethos of the school. They don’t encourage you to have best friends."

    • John Hall

      Royal round up

      • Ghislaine Maxwell demands dead paedo pal Epstein cover £5million court costs after being found guilty of sex trafficking
      • Ghislaine Maxwell will NOT name names or cut deal to reduce 65-year jail term for sex trafficking, her brother says
      • Prince Andrew rocked by claims he could be stripped of his Duke of York title if he loses sex abuse lawsuit
      • The Queen’s New Year photo convinced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that royals were ‘against them’, royal author claims
      • Meghan Markle will ‘create shockwaves’ that will ‘jangle the royal family’ in 2022 says Princess Diana’s astrologer

      Will Queen's jubilee be a bank holiday?

      Yes, in November 2020, Oliver Dowden announced “a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate The Queen’s 70-year reign”.

      The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday, June 2, 2022.

      An additional Bank Holiday will take place on Friday, June 3, 2022.

      It means there will be a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘want to sell £11m mansion after just 18 months 

      MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry already want to sell their US home as they are not “over the moon” over the £11m lavish mansion, it is claimed.

      The couple have been living in the sprawling, nine-bedroom Montecito home for around 18 months.

      But a source claims Meghan and Harry are now showing interest in other houses and are open to private offers.

      The insider told the Mirror: “They are thinking of selling their house there.

      “However, it won’t be on the market because of who they are. It’s only being shown to people who are confirmed with funds and are serious buyers.”

      Ghislaine Maxwell ‘to file for mistrial'

      Ghislaine Maxwell is set to file for a mistrial after a jury member admitted telling the others of his own experience of abuse to sway them.

      Scotty David, 35, said some jurors were struggling to believe Maxwell’s victims.

      He revealed the jury room went silent when he detailed what happened to him when young, telling them — like the women in the New York case — he could remember only some of what happened.

      He said: “When I shared that, they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse.”

      Maxwell, 60 — an accomplice of late paedo Jeffrey Epstein — was later convicted and faces up to 65 years in jail.

      But last night a source close to the British socialite said: “Her team will raise this with the judge. They see this as grounds for a mistrial. It’s unbelievable.”

      Prospective jurors were given questionnaires which asked if they had experienced sexual abuse.

      If yes, they had to say if it would affect their “ability to serve fairly and impartially”.

      When is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

      Princess Elizabeth became Queen on February 6, 1952 – the day her father King George VI died.

      Therefore February 6, 2022, will mark 70 years on the throne.

      However, the UK will celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th anniversary as monarch with a blockbuster weekend of celebrations in June 2022.

      It is the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone.

      • John Hall

        Settlement would mean he would avoid court

        A settlement would mean Prince Andrew – and potentially other close members of the Firm – would avoid a court appearance.

        But it wouldn't go far in helping to clear his name following the duke's disastrous Newsnight interview in 2019.

        Andrew's sex trafficker pal Ghislaine Maxwell was last week found guilty of helping to entice vulnerable teens to ex-lover Epstein's properties for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.

        She could spend the rest of her life in prison after being convicted of five out of six counts of sex trafficking for vile Epstein’s paedophile ring.

        She is now set to file for a mistrial after a jury member admitted telling the others of his own experience of abuse to sway them.

      • John Hall

        Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims

        Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times between 1999 and 2002 — in ­London, New York and on Epstein’s private Caribbean island.

        Ms Giuffre, now 38, has filed a battery and infliction of emotional distress lawsuit against Andrew.

        No discussions about whether to settle her case out of court have been had between Andrew and his team so far, it is understood.

        Andrew has always strongly denied all allegations made against him.

      • John Hall

        Andrew ‘could settle Virginia Roberts sex case out of court if it goes to trial’

        PRINCE Andrew could settle the Virginia Roberts sex assault lawsuit out of court if it goes to trial, insiders have claimed.

        The Duke of York's lawyers are keeping the settlement option "on the table" due to the negative impact a court case could have on other senior royals – including the 95-year-old Queen.

        Andrew's team have not discussed the possibility of a settlement yet but haven't ruled it out as an option, it is understood.

        Almost all US civil cases are settled out of court – usually with a substantial fee.

        It comes as the Duke's team wait for a judge to decide whether Ms Roberts' civil lawsuit should be dropped altogether.

        They claim a secret 2009 deal she made with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein exempts Andrew from legal action.

        But Judge Lewis Kaplan is unlikely to accept the pending motion, meaning lawyers will have to decide whether to settle or risk a gruelling grilling from lawyers in court.

      • John Hall

        Meghan Markle will get just £1 in damages from Mail on Sunday

        Meghan, 40, agreed to accept nominal damages from the Mail on Sunday.

        Last month, the newspaper was ruled to have invaded her privacy by publishing a 2018 letter the duchess sent to her dad Thomas Markle.

        Associated Newspapers will also pay a sum for infringing copyright and a large part of Meghan’s £1.5million costs.

        In March, the High Court ruled in her favour after she sued.

        The Court of Appeal then rejected a bid by Associated to have the verdict overturned.

      • John Hall

        Prince Andrew faces mounting pressure

        The royal faces mounting pressure to drop the Duke of York from his name after being accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Giuffre three times when she was 17.

        One royal expert has said it is “highly improbable” Andrew would ever lose his official title – as the case would need to pass through parliament first.

        Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun Online: “If he’s going to step down from all royal links permanently, as Meghan and Harry have, then you look at the situation where they kept the HRH and didn’t use it.

        “They’ve set the precedent in that sense. 

        “That may apply if he were to lose this case or were to be perceived to lose this case.”

        Andrew has fiercely denied the allegations against him and says he has no memory of even meeting alleged victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

      • John Hall

        Prince Charles message praising sons

        In a letter, Prince Charles mentioned Harry and Prince William that he wrote to urge older generations to take meaningful action to tackle the climate crisis.

        Writing for Newsweek, he said: “As a father, I am proud that my sons have recognised this threat.

        “Most recently, my elder son, William, launched the prestigious Earthshot Prize to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years by identifying and investing in the technologies that can make a difference.

        “And my younger son, Harry, has passionately highlighted the impact of climate change, especially in relation to Africa, and committed his charity to being net zero.”

      • John Hall

        Camilla to edit Country Life

        The Duchess of Cornwall will be acting as guest editor of Country Life magazine later this year, and is expected to highlight the grittier side of rural life.

        She will act as guest editor in July, in honour of her 75th birthday, where according to Country Life the special edition will “reflect the duchess’s love of horses and dogs”.

        Speaking about the project, a royal source has said that Camilla should focus on more controversial issues, particularly those faced by women.

        They told The Telegraph: “She loves the country life, but it won’t be just horses and dogs and lovely countryside.

        “There is that slightly confronting side of the difficult issues the countryside faces. She wants to have a bit more about the challenges facing people, particularly for women.”

      • John Hall

        Five witnesses including Andrew’s FAMILY who could be called in

        PRINCE Andrew’s own family could be called as witnesses in the rape lawsuit against him in a bid to blow apart the royal’s Pizza Express alibi.

        Legal experts said Andrew’s hopes of having the lawsuit dismissed were on the ropes last night after Judge Lewis Kaplan ripped apart his lawyers’ case. 

        Yet Judge Kaplan appeared mostly dismissive of this argument.

        If the case goes ahead, here are five witnesses – including members of Andrew’s own family – who could be called to give evidence.

        1. Princess Beatrice
        2. Meghan Markle
        3. Princess Eugenie
        4. Sarah Ferguson
        5. Anonymous nightclub witness

        Read the article in full here.

      • Louis Allwood

        Royal with most expensive dress of 2021

        One Royal had a very impressive outfit design that was the most expensive piece worn in 2021.

        Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were pictured at the Intrepid Museum for the Salute to Freedom Gala in New York City back in November 2021.

        The Duchess of Sussex wore a long red satin gown by Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera and matching heels.

        The impressive red dress has been named the most expensive piece worn by a royal that year, and set her back about of $5,990 – about £4,444.

        This makes it the most expensive dress that a royal premiered in 2021.

      • Louis Allwood

        Andrew’s attorney’s argument

        Prince Andrew’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, yesterday argued that:

        • PRINCE Andrew was covered by the “other potential defendants” clause in the settlement;
        • GIUFFRE’S lawsuit against lawyer Alan Dershowitz was dismissed when the agreement was produced;
        • HER claims were too “vague”, adding: “She doesn’t allege what this abuse was”. He called the way she filed them “unconstitutional”;
        • FORMER New York governor Andrew Cuomo acted unconstitutionally when he extended the Child Victims Act deadline to August 2020. It allowed Ms Giuffre to file her lawsuit. Otherwise, her claims would have fallen outside New York’s statute of limitations.

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