Prince Andrew news latest: Duke accuser 'not interested in purely financial settlement' as Queen STRIPS son of HRH title

THE Duke of York's accuser wants to be "vindicated" by the legal process and is not motivated by reaching a "purely financial settlement", her lawyer has said.

One of the few options open to Andrew is to try and reach an out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre after a US judge ruled her allegation of sexual assault against him can be heard at a civil trial.

But a suggestion by David Boies, Ms Giuffre's attorney, that money alone would not satisfy his client may indicate she may want her day in court or some admission from the duke or acknowledgement of her position.

Mr Boies told BBC Newsnight: "I think it's very important to Virginia Giuffre that this matter be resolved in a way that vindicates her and vindicates the other victims. I don't think she has a firm view at this point, or could she, as to exactly what a solution should be.

"But I think what's going to be important is that this resolution vindicates her and vindicates the claim she has made. A purely financial settlement is not anything that I think she's interested in."

It comes as Andrew was sensationally STRIPPED of his military & HRH honours by the Queen amid his sex assault scandal. The bombshell news was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening – just days after a US judge ruled the abuse claims against him should go to trial.

Ms Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York three times back in 2001 – and Prince Andrew strongly denies any wrongdoing and even says he has never met Ms Giuffre.

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  • Milica Cosic

    Queen to endure 'WORSE year'

    THE Queen is set to endure her worst year since her infamous 1992 Annus Horribilis as her joyous Platinum Jubilee is marred by scandal, according to experts.

    Royal experts told The Sun Online the next 12 months could be even worse for Her Majesty as her favourite son Prince Andrew faces a civil lawsuit over Virginia Giuffre's sex claims, grandson Harry set to release an explosive autobiography and it being the first full year she faces without her beloved husband Prince Philip by her side.

    It seems Her Majesty's words in 1992 on the 40th anniversary of her Accession may have come back to haunt her 30 years on, as another Annus Horribilis could be in store.

    Speaking to the Sun Online, royal expert Phil Dampier told of his hopes for a better year for the Queen as she gears up for her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    He said: "Last year was very much an Annus Horribilis too – Prince Phillip dying, Harry and Meghan leaving, the Oprah Winfrey interview, and of course Prince Andrew.

    "The Queen would have been hoping this year would be much plainer sailing as she celebrates her 70 years on the throne."

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    Andrew to fade from public life

    The disgraced Duke, 61, facing a possible sex-case trial in the US, will never return to royal duties again, sources say.

    Andrew can also no longer use the title His Royal Highness in any official capacity.

    It seems likely Andrew will now fade from public life.

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    Prince Charles & William urged Queen to strip Andrew of titles

    CHARLES and William urged the Queen to strip Prince Andrew of his royal patronages and military titles during an hour-long summit at Windsor.

    William was reportedly a key figure in the judgement, and helped his grandmother realise Andrew's position was "grave".

    Both he and Charles are said to be in complete agreement that Andrew must go – and were "completely furious" after he "crossed a red line", The Sun exclusively reported.

    Read more here.

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    Members of royal family would’ve been ‘furious’ at Andrew (Continued…)

    Angela Levin added: "I am astonished that the Palace has operated so quickly.

    "I think they must be absolutely furious with him – because they haven’t just put aside the HRH title, they have said he’s got to face the case as a private citizen and I think that is capital letters for him as to how he must now behave and take it seriously.

    "But now it's like having cold water thrown in your face to wake you up.

    "I also felt the Palace had to act very fast because this anti-monarchy group that’s got former members of the navy and the army writing to the Queen herself saying they don’t want him to carry on being patron."

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    Members of royal family would've been 'furious' at Andrew

    Royal author Angela Levin said the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Cornwall would have been "furious" with the Duke of York for bringing the Royal Family into disrepute. 

    Angela Levin told The Sun Online: “If the Queen asked Prince Charles and Prince William they would have been very firm, Prince William and Prince Charles have been absolutely furious with him bringing the Royal Family into disrepute.

    "Whatever he may or may not have done he certainly was a friend of Epstein and invited him to parties, royal parties when they knew he had been accused of having relationships with underage girls.

    "So there’s no doubt about that. I would imagine that this time the Queen would also listen to her aides.

    "But she also has strong views so if she didn’t want to do it, she wouldn’t have done it – she obviously felt they’d crossed a red line."

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    Experts say returning Andrew's military titles is 'right'

    Royal experts have said that returning his military titles was "right" considering the hot water Prince Andrew is in.

    Royal author and former government minister Norman Baker said:
    "It is absolutely right that Andrew has now returned his military titles to the Queen.

    "It had become an embarrassment all round, not least for the military, for him to continue for example to be colonel-in-chief of the Grenadier Guards.

    "The fact that the Palace is now describing him as a private citizen in respect of his court case tells us he has well and truly been chucked under the royal bus, yet the royal family cannot escape the immense damage that will increase as the American court case progresses.

    "Can he now even stay as Duke of York, or having been marched up that hill by the Queen, will he be marched down again?"

    Royal author Angela Levin said the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Cornwall would have been "furious" with the Duke of York for bringing the Royal Family into disrepute.

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    Queen acting 'in her role as head of state, not a mother'

    An insider, who is said to know the Queen well, said: "She has the ability, when push comes to shove, to know what is best for the institution and will act in her role as head of state, not a mother.

    "She loves Andrew and this doesn't mean he is no longer her son.

    "But a decision had to be made as it was overshadowing everything the family did and her forthcoming platinum jubilee.

    "Everyone will be feeling very relieved he has finally been cut adrift. It may even help him to have more clarity in fighting the case."

    Andrew's military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen with immediate effect after he was accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was just 17.

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    Queen ‘following same model used for Harry & Meghan'

    Her Majesty and her advisers allegedly used similar tactics to "insulate the institution" amid the splits with both Meghan and Harry and now with Prince Andrew.

    A well-placed palace source said the Queen and her advisers had decided to follow "the same model of effective banishment" with Andrew as she had with Harry, according to the Mail.

    The source said: "They have taken this decision to insulate the institution from being hit by all the shrapnel that is flying around.

    "It follows the same model as the Sussex separation. The removal of titles and patronages means the institution can now legitimately say it is not involved.

    "It was a ruthless and swift decision which will have been recommended by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge and sanctioned by the Queen."

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    Official letter stripping Andrew of his title

    Announcing the stripping of Andrew's title, Buckingham Palace said in a statement yesterday evening: "With The Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. 

    "The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

    According to a source, the decision was "widely discussed amongst the royal family" and all of his titles have been returned with immediate effect.

    In time they will be redistributed to other family members, according to Royal source.

    Buckingham Palace confirmed the bombshell news tonight Credit: PA
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    The Prince Andrew case so far

    • Prince Andrew has been stripped of all his military titles
    • He will no longer be able to use 'His Royal Highness' in any official capacity
    • He was told the decision in a face-to-face meeting with Her Majesty
    • The decision was approved by the Queen – but discussed 'widely with the Royal Family'
    • Andrew can't 'hide behind' his royal privledges and is fighting the sex abuse lawsuit 'as a private citizen'
    • He will not undertake any public duties, the Palace confirmed
    • Prince Andrew's former titles will be distributed among other members of the royal family

    Prince Andrew vows to defend himself

    PRINCE Andrew has vowed to defend himself against a "marathon" civil lawsuit by sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre as the Queen strips him of his titles.

    The move comes after Andrew's lawyers failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him that accuses him of sexually abusing Ms Giuffre when she was 17— which he vehemently denies.

    A source close to the Duke told Sun Online: “Given the robustness with which Judge Kaplan greeted our arguments, we are unsurprised by the ruling.

    "However, it was not a judgement on the merits of Ms Giuffre’s allegations. 

    "This is a marathon not a sprint and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”

    Andrew had been expected to agree to an out-of-court settlement with Ms Giuffre.

    'The Queen must distance Andrew from family'

    This is a comment piece by Ingrid Seward.

    The Queen had no desire to take it away, but when Diana talked publicly saying she was going to lose it, the Queen was so irritated she decided that is what would ­happen.

    No member of the Royal ­Family has been called to court since the time Edward VII was involved in what became known as the Baccarat ­scandal in September 1890. His friend Gordon Cumming was accused of cheating at the card game and the prince was called as a witness.

    The Queen has made it abundantly clear he has no choice but to fight his case as a private citizen. He has no alternative but to set ­himself apart and get on with it. He has to distance himself from his family before he heaps more embarrassment and humiliation upon the monarchy.

    Read the article in full here.

    Andrew ‘finished as a working royal’

    The case is the most significant legal action against a member of the Royal Family in recent memory – and comes after years of allegations against the Duke.

    Leading commentator Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: “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 non starter for him the way this is going.

    “It wouldn’t surprise me in time if he loses his military patronages. “

    What name will Prince Andrew go by now?

    The Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have now been returned to the Queen. According to reports, Andrew will not go by His Royal Highness in any capacity.

    It is unclear how he will be addressed moving forward.

    Andrew’s titles have been suspended since he stepped down from public duties in 2019 amid fury at his friendship with paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

    But until January 13, the duke retained his roles – which left eight British regiments in limbo more than two years on.

    His honours included Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth and Deputy colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own).

    Why was Prince Andrew stripped of his title?

    Prince Andrew was stripped of his military and royal titles following his sex abuse scandal.

    Virginia Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York three times back in 2001.

    Her bombshell allegations have dogged Andrew, 61, since she first made them in 2011 when the now-infamous photograph emerged of him with his hand around her emerged.

    Prince Andrew strongly denies any wrongdoing and even says he has never met Ms. Giuffre.

    On January 13, a source close to Prince Andrew told the BBC that the disgraced royal would “continue to defend himself” against Virginia Giuffre’s allegations.

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      Meghan's dad urges her to 'come forward' re Andrew rape claim

      MEGHAN Markle’s dad has urged her to speak to US law enforcement if she “knows anything” about Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claim she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew.

      Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Meghan’s dad Thomas said: “Quite honestly, I feel that if Meghan knows anything about this, she should speak to law enforcement in the States.

      “I know she has had some dealings with Andrew, of course she has, and if she has been to any events or venues he has, she needs to speak out.

      “She has no right to refuse to do so, really.

      “I understand that Andrew’s reputation is damaging to the royal family.

      “If she knows anything and has been involved in Andrew’s circle in any way, shape or form, it’s her duty to speak about it.

      “She’s not exempt from this because she’s a Duchess.

      “In fact by leaving the UK and taking her prince with her she gave up the right to be a Duchess.”

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      Andrew should 'settle' before Jubilee

      A royal expert has claimed that Prince Andrew should choose to go for a financial settlement, before the Queen's Jubilee in order to allow her to celebrate properly.

      Speaking on GB News, Robert Jobson said: "“I think the best thing for Prince Andrew to do is to settle, that way the Queen can look forward to a 70th year on the throne that she can actually enjoy it. 

      “I don't think there is any other option.

      “I don't believe that this is in his interest or anyone's interest that this goes any further.

      “The reality is this whole stench will hang over him, if it goes into a court case.

      “It will all be looked over forensically, which may actually end up putting himself deeper in trouble.”

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      Royal family support for Andrew ‘thin on the ground’

      THE Royal Family's support for Prince Andrew is "thin on the ground" as only immediate family members are behind the Duke, an expert claims.

      Royal expert Chris Ship has suggested many members of the family have taken a step back from Andrew and revoked their moral support.

      He told Good Morning Britain: "From what I hear, his immediate family – Sarah Ferguson, his two daughters – are behind him.

      "But other members of the Royal family very much are not and are wanting to try and end this in whatever way they can in terms of the damage for the wider institution.

      "The support he has amongst the wider family is very, very thin on the ground indeed," he said.

      Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the claims.

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      Fancy going on royal travels with the Queen? Look no further…

      Her Majesty has put up a job advertisement for a Travel and Logistics Officer who will work at Buckingham Palace – and the role includes planning overseas trips.

      The successful candidate will be responsible for “getting everyone to the right location, ahead of a full day of engagements.”

      And this will include creating detailed travel plans for UK and abroad visits ensuring the trips for the likes of Kate Middleton and Prince William “run seamlessly.”

      The advert says: “The Royal Travel Office is a small team tasked with providing travel solutions of the highest standard and logistical support to all parts of the Royal Household.

      “You’ll research, identify and plan the most efficient travel options. 

      “With responsibility for arranging employee travel, as well as distributing daily travel schedules, you’ll support the busy operations of the Royal Household.”

      The salary is £33,000 per annum and you’ll also get 33 days holiday.

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      The Queen's strict bedtime routine

      According to experts at, 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?

      1. A very fancy nightcap
      2. Separate bedrooms
      3. Set bedtime
      4. Sleep inducing meals

      Read the article in full here.

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      Giuffre's allegations dodged Andrew since 2001

      Andrew denies claims Giuffre was forced to have sex him more than 20 years ago at Ghislaine Maxwell's London home when she was just 17.

      Her allegations have dogged Andrew since she first made them in 2011, when a now infamous photograph emerged of him with his hand around her.

      Giuffre’s feared lawyer David Boies will grill the royal in front of jurors under oath – and could also question Andrew’s former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, and their daughter Princess Beatrice.

      The ruling is the latest setback for Andrew, who has tried to disassociate himself from Maxwell and her paedo ex Jeffrey Epstein.

      In a car-crash interview with the BBC, Andrew denied ever meeting Giuffre and claimed he was at a Pizza Express in Woking on the night in question.

      Read more here.

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      Prince Harry ‘could release most shocking claim yet’

      A royal expert has claimed that Prince Harry could release the "most shocking claims yet" in his bombshell book ahead of its launch.

      He is expected to hash out the reasons he left the Firm behind, name and shame the "royal racist" and delve into Princess Diana's life and divorce.

      But an expert claimed it is set to contain "juicy details" on the fallout with the Royals after the 37-year-old received a £15million advance from publishers.

      Royal expert Katie Nicholl believes he and wife Meghan will "drip-feed teasers" to the public to gear them up for a dramatic read.

      She told Closer magazine: "The book will no doubt be full of more intimate and shocking revelations – Harry wouldn’t have got a multi-million-pound advance without promising some juicy details.

      "And in the build-up to that, I imagine Harry and Meghan will have a carefully thought out publicity drive, which will see them drip-feed teasers in the months building up to the release," she said.

      "There’ll be more shocking claims to come, perhaps their biggest yet!

      "I’m sure the Queen has a lot of anxiety over that and the royals will be braced for more bombshells."

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      Andrew is 'finished'

      A royal expert said the Duke of York is "finished" as a working royal and will likely lose all military honours amid his ongoing court battle.

      He has not attended a single military event since he stepped back from royal duties two years ago and is expected to be "invisible" during Platinum Jubilee events.

      Andrew has strenuously denied all allegations.

      Leading commentator Phil Dampier also told The Sun Online he may likely pay off his accuser to avoid any further embarrassment for Her Majesty.

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      Andrew 'finished as a working royal'

      The case is the most significant legal action against a member of the Royal Family in recent memory – and comes after years of allegations against the Duke.

      Leading commentator Phil Dampier told The Sun Online: "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 non starter for him the way this is going.

      "It wouldn't surprise me in time if he loses his military patronages. "

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      District Judge Lewis Kaplan's crusher

      PRINCE Andrew’s date with US justice was sealed in a coldly crafted judgment from a New York court.

      District Judge Lewis Kaplan set out in 44 pages why the royal’s bid to get the case thrown out failed.

      He swatted aside dossiers of obscure US legal cases the Prince’s legal team highlighted.

      The judge called the 2009 deal signed between paedo Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Guiffre “ambiguous”.

      He said Andrew’s claim the non-prosecution agreement protected him as a third party was “an unduly broad generalization”.

      Ms Guiffre’s case was “legally sufficient”, Judge Kaplan ruled.

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