Prince Andrew is being sued in the US for sexual assault… and the Queen is footing his legal bills!
Andrew is alleged to have "intentionally committed battery by sexual assault" of a minor. Virginia Giuffre, who claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions in 2001 when was only 17, is suing the prince for punitive damages and lodged her case with a Manhattan federal court this week. Giuffre was allegedly trafficked by convicted pedophile and financier Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in August 2019.
In the lawsuit, Ms Giuffre alleges that she was made to have "sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will" at Ghislaine Maxwell's home near Knightsbridge. Andrew is also accused of later abusing her at Jeffrey Epstein's mansion in New York and on his private island in the Caribbean.
Prince Andrew vehemently denies all allegations made against him and says he has "no recollection" of meeting Ms Giuffre, despite the existence of a photograph showing him with his arm around her waist.
Andrew's defence is believed to be funded by payments he has received from the Queen’s private Duchy of Lancaster estate after he was forced to step down from royal duties in 2019, following a disastrous BBC interview regarding his relationship with Epstein.