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The Independent

Prince Andrew’s combat to clear title may push him into debt, mates concern

Prince Andrew might not come up with the money for to problem his settlement with Virginia Giuffre and his strategy to clear his name is “excessive danger”, mates of the duke have warned.

Sources near Andrew say he dangers happening a “lonely path of extra authorized payments” as he weighs a bid to overturn the multimillion-pound settlement reached with a woman who accused him of sexual assault and even power an apology.

“If he launches the bid, he’s taking a look at racking up extra payments that might push him into debt. It’s a query of whether or not he has the funds to try this,” a supply instructed The Impartial.

He added: “The concern is it may very well be eye-wateringly costly and go away him in a cash pit.

“It’s a high-risk technique to go from payout to a different to seven-figure sum in an entrenched authorized battle. The household is frightened whether or not there may very well be sufficient cash for it.”

In January final yr, after the duke was accused of sexual assault by late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein sufferer Virginia Giuffre, he stopped utilizing his HRH title. Ms Giuffre alleges that she was pressured to have intercourse with Prince Andrew when she was aged 17 by the financier and jailed socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. He has vehemently denied these claims.

In February, the prince reached an out-of-court settlement of round £3m with Ms Giuffre, which included a donation to her charity “in help of victims’ rights”. He made no admission of legal responsibility.

Andrew’s crew, led by US lawyer Andrew Brettler, is now contemplating authorized choices after Ms Giuffre’s intercourse abuse case in opposition to high-profile US lawyer Alan Dershowitz was dropped.

Sources near Andrew consider he hopes that overturning Ms Giuffre’s declare may let him return to royal duties however US legislation would require the prince to argue authorized causes for overturning the deal, together with mistake or accident.

The Impartial revealed that individuals close to the Duke fear he is becoming a recluse as he plots his return and stays “in a bubble” desperately making an attempt to cling on to a spot within the royal household.

“He’s determined for rehabilitation, however doesn’t perceive the humility and penance he wants to point out following the case,” the supply mentioned.

“He’s caught inside this bubble of desirous to have a task within the royal household when he doesn’t have one any extra.”

Nevertheless, it’s understood that because of the stipulations of the duke’s settlement with Ms Giuffre, he’s not in a position to make a transfer on the settlement till after February.

Ghislaine Maxwell, 61, who was convicted of intercourse trafficking, mentioned the well-known photo showing the duke next to Virginia Giuffre is fake. Maxwell has beforehand solid doubt on the authenticity of the photograph, mentioned to have been taken inside her Mayfair house, exhibiting Andrew together with his arm round Ms Giuffre with Maxwell within the background.

Talking to CBS this week, the convicted intercourse offender mentioned that Ms Giuffre’s claims had been unfounded, and that she didn’t introduce her “pricey pal” Andrew to {the teenager}.

In an interview with TalkTV, aired on Monday night, Maxwell mentioned: “It’s a pretend. I don’t consider it’s actual for a second, in reality I’m positive it’s not.” She added: “Effectively, there’s by no means been an authentic, and additional there’s no {photograph}, and I’ve solely ever seen a photocopy of it.”

The Impartial has approached Prince Andrew’s representatives for remark.

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