According to reports, the Queen will be asked to contribute to a potential settlement that her son, Prince Andrew, will pay to his accuser, Virginia Roberts.
This comes after it was revealed earlier this week that Prince Andrew and Ms Roberts could reach an out-of-court settlement to avoid a trial.
According to The Telegraph, if he decides to offer his accuser a payoff that could exceed £5 million, the Queen will be asked to contribute alongside his own contribution.
Since last February, when the Duke first hired a solicitor, the monarch has been paying the Duke’s legal fees.
Ms Roberts, who now goes by the surname Giuffre, claims the prince had sex with her three times after she was trafficked by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The allegations have been consistently denied by Prince Andrew.
The Queen’s funds are derived from the income generated by her private Duchy of Lancaster estate.
Prince Andrew is also expected to consider selling the Swiss chalet he and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson purchased for £17 million in 2014, with the proceeds going toward Ms. Roberts’ legal fees.
It was reported yesterday that Andrew is attempting to expedite the sale of the property.
Andrew and the Duchess of York decided to sell the property after settling a legal dispute with its former owner, Isabella de Rouvre, 74. She claimed they owed her £6.6 million after failing to pay the final instalment for the property on January 1, 2020.
She took the property dispute to the Swiss courts. Ms de Rouvre, on the other hand, agreed to drop the legal action when it became clear that the property was on the verge of selling for the asking price of £17.3 million.
The Yorks intend to repay the debt after the sale of their home is completed.
After renting the chalet for vacations with their children, Beatrice and Eugenie, the Yorks became friends with Miss de Rouvre.
According to sources, Prince Andrew and his ex-wife purchased it with a mortgage and private funding from the Queen as a “long-term family investment.”
Insiders say that if Judge Kaplan decides that Virginia Giuffre’s case should go to full trial, the option of settling out of court remains on the table.’
‘Obviously, this is a US case involving US lawyers and a US civil lawsuit,’ one source told the Daily Mail earlier this week. ‘In reality, 99 per cent of civil litigations in the United States are settled out of court.’ A settlement would always be an option, as that is where the vast majority of cases end up. There is also the issue of broader pressure and attrition.’
Andrew’s lawyers argued in a New York court this week that Miss Roberts’ case should not go to trial due to her civil settlement with Epstein.
According to the Duke’s legal team, in exchange for a $500,000 (£370,000) settlement, she agreed to waive her right to sue any other “potential defendants,” which would include the prince given the allegations she has made against him.
Miss Roberts claims she was raped three times by the Duke in 2001 when she was 17 and he was 41.
Andrew has always vehemently denied the allegations and has stated that he has no recollection of meeting Miss Roberts, despite the existence of a photograph of them with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Miss Roberts’ case should be dismissed, according to Andrew’s legal team, on several grounds, including her previous settlement, the fact that she has not provided enough specifics about the alleged abuse, and that her pursuit of the case was ‘unconstitutional.’
Judge Kaplan stated that his decision on whether the case should proceed to trial would be issued “pretty soon.”