£7.5m deal

Duke of York reaches settlement with Virginia Giuffre

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The Duke of York is unlikely to be restored to royal duties despite reaching an out of court “settlement in principle” with Virginia Giuffre in the civil sex claim filed in the US.

Ms Giuffre, formerly Roberts, had sued the Duke, claiming he sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17, allegations he has repeatedly denied.

A document submitted to a US court said: “Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement, believed to be between £7.5 million and £12m. It was not clear who was providing the money.

The statement reads: “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. 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.”

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Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies said in the filing that lawyers on both sides were telling the judge that a settlement in principle has been reached and they will request a dismissal of the lawsuit within a month.

Asked to comment further, he told the PA News agency: “I believe this event speaks for itself.”

The settlement means the civil case will not go to a jury trial, and also that Andrew will no longer be questioned under oath by Mrs Giuffre’s lawyers – something that had been expected to take place in the coming weeks. 

The duke’s representatives said he had no comment beyond the court statement.

Although the parties have settled, the agreement is not an admission of guilt from the duke who has denied the allegations against him. Sources say he was keen to settle to save the Queen further embarrassment in her platinum jubilee year.

The Queen last month stripped her second son of his royal patronages, honorary military titles, and his official use of his HRH style in a bid to distance the institution of the monarchy from the case.

It is understood there are no plans for those patronages to be restored to him with the duke continuing not to undertake any public duties.

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