Prince Andrew now faces the additional humiliating prospect of being kicked out of his 31-bedroom mansion and shedding his police safety.
Prince Andrew now faces the additional humiliating prospect of being kicked out of his 31-bedroom Georgian mansion and shedding his police safety.
In 2003, he signed a 75-year lease at Royal Lodge for a one-off payment of £1 million ($1.88 million) to the Crown Estate — the equal of round £250 every week ($470).
The Sun studies that Andrew has spent £7.5 million ($14.1 million) refurbishing the property, together with the addition of an indoor swimming pool. Royal Lodge, which might be value at the very least £30 million ($56.4 million) on the open market, is 5 kilometres from Windsor Castle and was the Queen Mother’s previous residence.
Andrew’s former spouse Sarah Ferguson can be residing within the mansion though the couple are believed to have separate wings. If he’s booted out, the prince might transfer into Harry and Meghan’s previous residence at Frogmore Cottage, as their lease runs out in April.
His downgrading might additionally imply he loses his 24-hour police safety — and should pay for safety himself.
The Duke of York’s accuser needs to be “vindicated” by the authorized course of and isn’t motivated by reaching a “purely financial settlement”, her lawyer has stated.
One of the few choices open to Andrew is to attempt to attain an out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre after a US choose dominated her allegation of sexual assault towards him might be heard at a civil trial.
But a suggestion by David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, that cash alone wouldn’t fulfill his shopper could point out she might want her day in courtroom or some admission from the duke or acknowledgment of her place.
Mr Boies informed 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.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission