Queens holiday marred as expert warns Prince Andrew row only going to get worse

Prince Andrew 'summoned' to Balmoral by Queen says royal expert

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The royal commentator claimed the Prince Andrew case is “only going to get worse”, as the Queen summoned the Duke of York to Balmoral last night. Prince Andrew is named as the only defendant in a 15-page suit, brought under New York state’s Child Victims Act by alleged Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre. Ms Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former friend and convicted sex offender Epstein to have sex with the Duke, when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.

The Duke has vehemently denied the allegations in the past, and a spokesman for the duke said there was “no comment” when she was asked to respond to Ms Giuffre’s legal action

Speaking on Lorraine show, the royal expert claimed: “Yesterday he was arriving in his Range Rover at six o’clock in the evening with the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, with him.

“He hasn’t been there for years and I mean [his ex-wife] wasn’t invited certainly when Prince Phillip was alive and they have a sequence of guests when the queen is at Balmoral over the summer, and they normally some of the first.

“However, the fact that they were up there less than 24 hours before the new claims, this legal case was lodged tells you that the Queen was possibly summoning him and say ‘what on earth is going on?’”

He also claimed: “Because this is not just an embarrassment.

“This is not just about loss of status.

The Duke, 61, went to Scotland with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson hours before a US summons was sent to his Windsor Home.

Ms Giuffre has filed a civil suit seeking unspecified damages at a federal court where the papers claim she was “lent out for sexual purposes” by Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender.

Ms Giuffre said in court papers: “Twenty years ago, Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no-one there to protect her.

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The Duke of York has denied any wrongdoing and has rejected Virginia Giuffre’s claim.

Buckingham Palace released a statement to say: “The Duke of York unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.

“Epstein’s suicide left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims. The Duke deeply sympathises with those affected who want some form of closure.

“It is his hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. The Duke is willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.

“The Duke has already stated that he did not see, witness, or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest and conviction. He deplores the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour.”

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