‘LAST RESORT’
  • 7:31, 13 Jan 2022
  • Updated: 7:31, 13 Jan 2022

PRINCE Andrew could be forced to quit up to nine military roles after a judge said he WILL face trial in the US after sex abuse claims against him were thrown out.

The Duke of York has not attended a single military event since he stepped back from royal duties two years ago – accused of having sex with one of Epstein’s victims three times.

Lawyers for the Duke had said Virginia Guiffrye’s civil lawsuit should be dropped based on a previous $500,000 (£371,000) deal signed by her with Jeffrey Epstein in 2009.

But Judge Lewis A Kaplan said Prince Andrew’s motion was “denied in all respects”.

And according to experts, the outcome is “very bad news” for the prince, who will likely lose his military honours as a result.

Royal biographer Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: “This will obviously do nothing to help his reputation, I think he is finished as a working royal. It was suggested he would try and get back this year for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands events but that’s not going to happen for him the way this is going. It wouldn’t surprise me if, in time, he loses his military patronages.” 

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  • Duke attempted to get the case thrown out

    The Duke’s attempts to get the case thrown out hinged on a secret 2009 payout agreement signed by Virginia and Epstein.

    His lawyers attempted to say this backroom deal – which saw Epstein compensate the sex abuse victim – excluded Andrew from legal action.

    In it she agreed to end all action against “second parties” but does not name the Duke.

    Virginia’s settlement had been kept under seal – but judges last month ordered it to be released yesterday unless “good cause” could be shown otherwise.

    And her lawyers successfully argued that the agreement should not stop her case against Andrew.

    They previously said the agreement was an attempt by Andrew to use a “get out of jail free card”.

  • Major humiliation

    Andrew facing trial be the latest and biggest embarrassment to the Royal family over the case.

    The Duke’s attempts to get the case thrown out hinged on a secret 2009 payout agreement signed by Virginia and Epstein.

    His lawyers attempted to say this backroom deal – which saw Epstein compensate the sex abuse victim – excluded Andrew from legal action.

  • Andrew will face trial

    Prince Andrew will face a court battle with his sex abuse accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre after a judge threw out his attempts to stop the case.

    The Duke of York is being sued for rape after he allegedly sexually abused his accuser when she was just 17.

  • ‘No-fly zone’ to be put in over Windsor

    Aircraft and drones will be banned from January 27 from passing within a 2,500ft altitude over the residence.

    The order will also make it an offence to fly inside 1.4 miles of the castle walls.

    Moves to increase security come after an intruder with a crossbow got into the grounds, right, after a “kill the Queen” video was posted online on Christmas Day.

    The 95-year-old monarch has spent almost all of the past two years living in her ­private apartments there due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    The Civil Aviation Authority says it is in the public interest to impose the ban.

  • Family could give evidence

    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.

    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.

  • Queen’s venison burgers

    THE QUEEN’S former chef revealed the Monarch’s fast food favourite, despite tending to avoid the convenient meals on the whole.

    Pro chef Darren O’Grady worked in the royal kitchen for 15 years and has revealed that the Queen dodges fast food as a rule but there was one thing that she really enjoyed.

    But, unlike most people we know, she didn’t hop on the bus down to McDonald’s or Burger King to get her fast food fix, instead having her kitchen team prepare her a meat patty from scratch.

    Darren said: “It always tickled me at Balmoral, we would make our own burgers. They would shoot deer, and we would do venison burgers.

    “There’d be gorgeous cranberry… stuffed into them, but we never set buns out.”

  • Holocaust paintings to be “guiding light for our society”

    The Prince of Wales hopes a series of paintings he has commissioned of Holocaust survivors will be a “guiding light for our society”.

    Charles’ journey as he tasks seven leading artists to paint some of the nation’s last remaining Holocaust survivors is the subject of a new BBC documentary.

    All seven survivors were children in camps or ghettos during the Second World War and are now into their 90s after settling in Britain.

    It is hoped the portraits, which be displayed in London and Edinburgh, will stand as a lasting reminder of the horrors of the Nazi regime which will one day be lost to living memory.

    The heir to the throne will say in the documentary: “As the number of Holocaust survivors sadly, but inevitably, declines, my abiding hope is that this special collection will act as a further guiding light for our society, reminding us not only of history’s darkest days, but of humanity’s interconnectedness as we strive to create a better world for our children, grandchildren and generations as yet unborn; one where hope is victorious over despair and love triumphs over hate.”

  • Events to take place for the Jubilee

    Green Canopy

    Another Platinum Jubilee event, Her Majesty’s Green Canopy, will see thousands of trees planted in the Queen’s honour.

    Every planting is being recorded on a digital Queen’s Green Canopy map.

    Platinum Party at the Palace

    On Saturday, June 4, the BBC will host a huge Platinum Party at the Palace – a live concert bringing together some of the world’s biggest entertainers to celebrate the most significant moments from The Queen’s reign.

    Platinum Jubilee Pageant

    Performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will unite to tell the story of The Queen’s 70 year reign in a festival of creativity.

    This will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

    Service of Thanksgiving

    A service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

    It will be at St Paul’s Cathedral.

  • How can I watch the Platinum Jubilee events?

    All events leading up to the four-day Bank Holiday weekend, as well as the Platinum Jubilee itself, will be broadcast on television.

    Both BBC and ITV are expected to be covering the celebrations.

    ITV will air the Windsor Horse Show from May 12 to 15, where more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers are expected to take part in the Platinum Jubilee Celebration.

    BBC will broadcast live the Platinum Party at the Palace, the special concert that the broadcaster is hosting in Buckingham Palace.

  • How to apply for tickets for the Platinum Jubilee events?

    Although tickets are not yet on sale for Trooping the Colour 2022, applications open in the week starting January 17, 2022.

    Tickets will be allocated by a ballot due to the high interest expected for the event, and applications must be made in January and February 2022.

    People can enter the ballot for The Queen’s Birthday Parade through the Army website.

    Apart from the Trooping the Colour, members of the public will be able to get tickets for other Platinum Jubilee events.

    According to the Platinum Jubilee website, another ballot will decide who can attend the Platinum Party at the Palace, and more details about the event are set to be released in February.

    Ahead of the main Jubilee weekend, some members of the Royal Family will attend a special celebration at the Windsor Horse Show, which runs between May 12th and May 15th 2022.

    Tickets for the event are available to buy on their website.

  • Trooping the colour and beacon lighting

    The Jubilee weekend will start with a bang as the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) is held.

    Thousands are expected to line the streets between Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade to see the royals.

    Some 1,200 Army officers will take part in the famous event, which will take place in London for the first time since 2019.

    Tickets for the ceremony itself – always in high demand – are to be allocated by ballot.

    On the same day, over 1500 towns, villages and cities throughout the UK, and each capital of the Commonwealth countries, will mark the jubilee by lighting a beacon.

  • Jubilee pudding competition

    national pudding competition, jubilee lunches and a Birthday Parade are some of the events taking place this year to mark The Queen’s seven decades-long reign.

    The May Bank Holiday Weekend – which usually falls at the end of the month – will be moved to Thursday June 2, followed by an extra day off on Friday, June 3.

    Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.”

    Entries for the huge pudding competition, organised by Fortnum & Mason, opened on January 10.

    The final day for entries is February 4, and a live final will take place on March 14.

  • Waity Katie turned into Saint Kate Middleton… and had the last laugh

    This is a comment piece by Clemmie Moodie

    BLINK and you may have missed it.

    Not the three new pics released to mark Kate Middleton’s 40th. (The fawning blanket-coverage was IMPOSSIBLE to miss.)

    Rather, the apparent early beatification of a woman once disparagingly dismissed as “Waity Katie”.

    Today, at the start of her fifth decade, Saint Kate can do no wrong.

    Maybe it’s because people have seen this quiet, dignified woman perennially smiling, be it when she’s in a community centre in Hartlepool, enthusiastically shaking hands with Maureen and Karen, or cutting the ribbon at a new leisure centre in Crewe.

    Maybe it’s because people have finally embraced the future Princess of Wales after almost 25 years of mourning the previous one.

    Maybe it’s because, in an alternate reality, another 40-year-old duchess — the one preaching about global poverty from her £11million Californian mansion — rules supreme.

    And that doesn’t bear thinking about.

    Read more here.

  • Djokovic’s dad calls on the QUEEN to intervene

    The World Number One’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, slammed Australia as a “fake democracy” and claimed his son was being treated as a “political prisoner”.

    Officials told him his exemption from strict Covid clamps Down Under was flawed.

    But a judge overturned the decision on Monday, ordering the player’s immediate release from the quarantine hotel and telling the government to pay his legal costs.

    Djokovic’s father Srdjan then sparked hysteria by claiming his son had been arrested and taken back into custody.

    Government officials have insisted Djokovic was never arrested and said he was free to move into his rented accommodation.

    During a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Srdjan urged the Queen to get involved in the fiasco and “protect the human rights” of his son, the New Zealand Herald reports.

    According to a translation, he said: “I call on Queen Elizabeth, the leader of the Commonwealth, to intervene and protect the human rights of my son and to stop the political prosecution carried out against him since he came to Australia.”

  • Queens sleeping arrangements

    Before his death in April last year, the Queen and Prince Philip famously slept in separate bedrooms.

    According to Lady Pamela Hicks – Philip’s cousin – the upper class “always have separate bedrooms”.

    Lady Pam made the claim while speaking to Sally Bedell Smith for her biography of the monarch in 2012.

    “In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms,” she explained.

    Not only is it ‘proper’ to sleep separately, but doctors actually recommend it.

  • The Queen’s bedtime routine & secret weapon to help her drift off

    AT THE age of 95, the Queen still has a tight schedule to adhere to each day, meaning that a good night’s sleep is imperative.

    According to experts at Eachnight.com, the monarch may actually owe her long life to her active lifestyle and sleep hygiene.

    But exactly what is Her Majesty’s bedtime routine and what makes her such a successful sleeper?

    We reveal all here

  • Andrew case ‘could lead to constitutional crisis for the monarchy’

    The Duke of York’s sexual assault trial, given the go-ahead by a US judge, threatens to set off a “constitutional crisis” which will engulf the royal family, a legal expert said.

    Andrew now faces the prospect of his accuser Virginia Giuffre giving a detailed account in court of the allegation she was trafficked to have sex with the Queen’s second son when she was 17 and a minor under US law.

    Judge Lewis A Kaplan dismissed a motion by the duke’s lawyers to have the civil case thrown out after they argued Ms Giuffre had waived her right to pursue the duke by signing a confidential settlement with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

    The judgment will be a huge blow for Andrew, and media lawyer Mark Stephens said it will prompt meetings of senior royals as they attempt to deal with the looming reputational damage to the monarchy during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

    Mr Stephens told the BBC: “Judge Lewis Kaplan has thrown a reasoned judicial decision like a bomb into the middle and the heart of the royal family and threatens to provoke constitutional crisis as a consequence.”

    He said the duke has “no good options”, adding: “Essentially, I think he’s either going to have to engage in the trial process or he’s going to have to settle and that may well be his least worst option.”

  • Holocaust paintings to be “guiding light for our society”

    The Prince of Wales hopes a series of paintings he has commissioned of Holocaust survivors will be a “guiding light for our society”.

    Charles’ journey as he tasks seven leading artists to paint some of the nation’s last remaining Holocaust survivors is the subject of a new BBC documentary.

    All seven survivors were children in camps or ghettos during the Second World War and are now into their 90s after settling in Britain.

    It is hoped the portraits, which be displayed in London and Edinburgh, will stand as a lasting reminder of the horrors of the Nazi regime which will one day be lost to living memory.

    The heir to the throne will say in the documentary: “As the number of Holocaust survivors sadly, but inevitably, declines, my abiding hope is that this special collection will act as a further guiding light for our society, reminding us not only of history’s darkest days, but of humanity’s interconnectedness as we strive to create a better world for our children, grandchildren and generations as yet unborn; one where hope is victorious over despair and love triumphs over hate.”

  • Queen will make decision about Andrew’s titles ‘as a last resort’

    Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty magazine, said the Queen would likely only make a decision about Andrew’s titles as “a last resort” adding she would be “very surprised” if anything happened immediately.

    But the expert noted the duke could be made to “relinquish” his patronages.

    “It’s not going to be at the top of [the Queen’s] list of things she wants to do,” Ingrid explained.

    “It’s unprecedented. She will probably say to Andrew keep your title Duke of York but you’ve got to relinquish your military appointments regardless of where you stand in this case. 

    “I don’t think it’s going to be immediate. It may be, but I would be very surprised.”

  • Andrew ‘finished’ as working royal & likely to lose military honours says expert

    PRINCE Andrew is “finished” as a working royal and will likely lose all military honours amid his court battle with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an expert has said.

    The Duke of York will be tried over allegations he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre when she was 17 after a US judge today ruled her civil lawsuit can proceed.

    Judge Lewis A Kaplan’s decision comes as a huge blow for Andrew, whose lawyers argued earlier this month the case should be thrown out. Lawyers for the Duke had said Virginia’s civil lawsuit should be dropped based on a previous $500,000 (£371,000) deal signed by her with Jeffrey Epstein in 2009.

    But David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, said only the parties of the settlement agreement – Epstein and Ms Giuffre and their associates – could benefit from it, and not a “third party” such as Andrew.

    Today, Judge Lewis A Kaplan agreed and said Prince Andrew’s motion was “denied in all respects”. And according to experts, the outcome is “very bad news” for the prince, who will likely lose his military honours as a result.

    Royal biographer Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: “This will obviously do nothing to help his reputation, I think he is finished as a working royal.

    “It was suggested he would try and get back this year for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands events but that’s not going to happen for him the way this is going. It wouldn’t surprise me if, in time, he loses his military patronages.” 

  • What does the US court decision mean?

    The decision by the US court means Andrew will be expected to give a sworn witness statement answering Ms Giuffre’s claims.

    He will also be asked to provide potentially damaging disclosure.

    Sworn statements from ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are a possibility.

    A full civil trial with a jury could see Andrew cross-examined about his sex life, links to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and asked exactly what he did to his accuser.

    Andrew and his lawyers had prepared two statements ready to be sent out after the decision but, in a further sign that a settlement offer may be imminent, neither were immediately forthcoming.

    A spokesman for the Duke also refused to comment.

  • Andrew a ‘dead man walking’ who should ‘fall in his sword’ says lawyer

    The Duke of York is a “dead man walking” who has to “fall on his sword” for the sake of the monarchy and strike a deal with his accuser Virginia Giuffre, a lawyer has said.

    Mark Stephens said Wednesday’s ruling that Andrew is to face a civil sexual assault trial has “thrown a bomb” into the heart of the royal family and threatens to spark a constitutional crisis.

    US Judge Lewis A Kaplan has decided the Queen’s second son can be tried over allegations he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre when she was 17.

    Speaking to the BBC, media lawyer Mr Stephens said a crisis of this scale was unprecedented for the royal family.

    “Prince Andrew has nowhere to go. He’s effectively a dead man walking as far as the royal family is concerned,” he said.

    “But the one thing he can do is to accept the responsibility, accept the blame, accept that he has to fall on his sword for the sake of the wider royal family.”

    The duke has vehemently denied the allegations.

  • Meghan Markle’s lawyer makes ‘bullying’ comparison

    Jenny Afia insisted claims that the duchess “traumatised” Palace staff are “absolutely untrue” – and the term bullying is used “very casually”.

    Meghan, 40, was accused of driving two personal assistants out of the royal household due to her “totally unacceptable” behaviour.

    Staff were said to be left in tears and feeling “humiliated” by her actions, and claimed she “governed by fear” and snapped: “It’s not my job to coddle people.”

    The allegations sparked an internal investigation, but the duchess has repeatedly denied the claims.

    And her solicitor has reiterated that the Meghan she knows is not a bully.

    Speaking with permission from the actress-turned-royal, Ms Afia, from libel law firm Schillings, said: “I think the first thing is to be really clear about what bullying is because the term gets used very, very casually.

    “My daughter called me a bully last week when I asked her to brush her teeth – she’s seven years old.

    “So the term is used very freely and it’s a very, very damaging term as we know, particularly I think for career women.”

  • Gary Lineker takes to Twitter after news Andrew will face court

    Gary Lineker has joked about today’s news making reference to Andrew’s claims that he is unable to sweat.

    He Tweeted “This court decision will test Prince Andrew’s inability to sweat.”

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