Prince Andrew has returned his military titles to the Queen. The background was the lawsuit for sexual abuse of a then 17-year-old. A chronicle of events.
Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II, is often cited in connection with the abuse allegations American entrepreneur Jeffrey Epstein has faced. Epstein was jailed for trial. However, he was found dead in his cell on August 10, 2019. But what does the British royal have to do with the machinations of the Americans?
The Queen’s son is said to have molested a woman, Virginia Giuffre, 20 years ago. Giuffre was only 17 at the time, so a minor. The victim alleges that the late Epstein and his former partner Ghislaine Maxwell made her a sex slave along with dozens of other minors when she was a teenager.
Virginia Giuffre: She is the woman who is suing Prince Andrew for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was a minor. (Credit: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire)
In the 2009 deal, Giuffre agreed with Epstein not to accuse people close to Epstein who could be considered “potential defendants.” This agreement between Epstein and Giuffre relates to everything that has happened “from the beginning of the world to the day of understanding,” the document goes on to say.
Virginia Roberts – Giuffre used to be called – received a payment of 500,000 US dollars. However, this only became known in January 2022 because old court documents were opened as a result of Giuffre’s lawsuit. However, since Andrew is not named in the agreement, it does not protect him from Giuffre’s 2021 lawsuit.
For years nothing happened. But in April 2015, during a defamation trial, Giuffre accused Epstein and Maxwell of forcing her to have sex with Prince Andrew in 2001. But no further attention was paid to the allegation at the time.
It was not until more than four years later that these allegations were made public. In August 2019, the documents relating to the 2015 trial were unsealed. The papers revealed not only the sex trade that Giuffre accused Epstein and Maxwell of, but also other details. Another witness, Johanna Sjoberg, told investigators about a sexual experience that involved her, Maxwell, Prince Andrew, Giuffre and even one of the prince’s dolls. Buckingham Palace denied these allegations at the time.
After Epstein’s death, Prince Andrew went public and made a statement. In this he expressed his sympathy to everyone who was affected by Epstein and who wanted to find a conclusion. He also said that he himself had not witnessed such behavior leading to Epstein’s imprisonment. Giuffre, on the other hand, then released his own statement that Andrew knew exactly what Epstein had done.
Andrew stepped down from his royal duties in November 2019. The background was a controversial BBC interview. On the show, Andrew claimed that a photo showing him and the then 17-year-old plaintiff was a “fake”. On an evening given by Giuffre as the time of the crime, Andrew was at home with his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
Business partners, universities and charity organizations are said to have ended their collaboration with the Royal after this scandalous interview on British TV.
In August 2021, Giuffre filed charges against Prince Andrew. “I will hold Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” the plaintiff said at the time. In September, the British blueblood hired a prominent legal team to defend himself. He still denied the allegations.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew performing in 2019. (Source: IMAGO / Matrix)
A month later, in October 2021, it was announced that the Queen would pay for her son’s legal and court costs. In the meantime, however, she is said to have turned off the money supply to Andrew. In December of last year, Andrew tried to stop the civil suit against him. But this failed. On January 12, 2022, a New York court ruled that Giuffre could sue Andrew and that this trial may be held in a US court.
Just one day later, on January 13, 2022, Buckingham Palace announced that Andrew was relinquishing his military titles and would continue to refrain from taking on any public or representative duties for the British royal family.