According to rumors, the Queen is paying millions of pounds to support Prince Andrew’s defence against sex assault claims. Check the news The Queen is “privately financing Prince Andrew’s defense against Virginia Giuffre’s sex assault case.” and more on Switzerland based Lifestyle Magazine- Kenleaks Magazine.
Virginia Giuffre, now 38, is suing the Duke of York in New York, claiming he sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions when she was 17 – in London, New York, and on millionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean island.
Andrew, 61, has repeatedly and emphatically rejected the claims.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Her Majesty, 95, consented to pay for the duke’s legal defense last year, immediately after his catastrophic interview on BBC Newsnight.
The duke this week added Melissa Lerner to his American legal team, joining head counsel Andrew Brettler.
Mr Brettler is said to charge the Duke about $2,000 (£1,476) each hour.
According to the publication, the Queen will use cash from her own Duchy of Lancaster estate.
The price is expected to be in the millions, according to royal courtiers, as the civil action against Andrew drags on for months or perhaps years.
In addition to the overall expenditure, a future settlement or damages award might cost millions more.
Lerner works for the Los Angeles-based law firm Lavley Singer, which is well-known for resolving celebrity legal issues.
On the same day, an attorney representing Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts said Epstein’s estate had consented to provide details of a confidential deal between her and Epstein, which the duke claims might shield him from responsibility.
In a post-crash interview with the BBC in 2019, he said he had no recollection of ever meeting Roberts, who is now a 38-year-old mother-of-three living in Australia under her married name, Virginia Giuffre.
A now-famous photograph, shot inside Epstein’s purported madam Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home, shows Andrew smiling for the camera, his arm around Roberts’ waist, as Maxwell stands in the background. Maxwell has stated that she is not a madam.
Lerner, who has previously defended rock artists, sought that she be permitted to represent Andrew by filing a move for admission, which is a formal request to be someone’s attorney.
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