It’s official, Prince Andrew has finally settled a civil sexual assault case thrown at him by Virginia Giuffre, an accuser of Jeffrey Epstein, as discovered in court documents.
Based on the papers given to a federal court in Manhattan, the Duke of York and Giuffre came to an agreement out of court in order to settle the suit, making note that Prince Andrew would issue a “substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity.” The specifics of the deal, in terms of value, have not been disclosed to the public.
“The settlement deal comes less than two months after Maxwell was convicted in the same courthouse of procuring other underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein, an investment manager who killed himself in a federal jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal child sex trafficking charges,” stated a report from CNBC.
As read in a letter to Judge Lewis Kaplan, David Boies, the attorney for Giuffre, stated, “We write jointly with counsel for defendant to advise the Court that the parties reached a settlement in principle of the above-referenced action.”
“The parties anticipate filing a stipulation of dismissal of the case within thirty (30) days,” wrote Boies. “In the interim, the parties request that the Court suspend all deadlines and hold the action in abeyance.”
“Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement,” referenced one paper in the letter, which was sent alongside the filing. “The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms. Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed). Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.”
“Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms.Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks. It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years,” claims the statement. “Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others. He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”
Back in January, officials with Buckingham Palace stated that the military titles and royal patronages of Prince Andrew had been given back to the Queen in the wake of a failed attempt by the royal to get the civil case thrown out before it went to court.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” Buckingham Palace stated in its release. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
The BBC also stated that the Duke of York will also no longer be allowed to use the style “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity.