Royal courtiers are discussing plans to strip Prince Andrew of his Duke of York title if he loses the lawsuit brought by sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre, according to the Sunday Times.

Other ideas allegedly being considered by the Royal household include sending the Duke into some form of ‘internal exile’ and asking him to relinquish any links he still has to charities.  

Ms Giuffre alleges that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17, which he denies, and is suing for unspecified damages.  The Duke stepped down from public duties in November 2019 ‘for the foreseeable future’ over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein in the wake of the disastrous Newsnight interview he had hoped would clear his name. 

A source said: ‘If [Prince Andrew] loses the case, the question is what do you do with him? You can’t make him resign like you would a normal person but he would be asked to put his dukedom into abeyance.’

Royal insiders said it would be difficult to persuade the Queen to remove the title of Duke of York as ‘it was held by her father, George VI, before he became king and she bestowed it on her favourite son. But he has disgraced that title’, the Sunday Times reported.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said with regard to claims the Duke might lose his title: ‘This is speculation and the comments are without foundation. We would not comment on an ongoing legal matter.’ 

And in a further blow, the Duke is said to be under pressure to give up his nine military roles, according to defence sources. Military chiefs hope he will resign so the Queen doesn’t have to strip him of his honorary titles, the Sunday People reported.

In light of the Duke’s close friendship with Epstein and Maxwell, senior Army commanders believe it is not feasible for Andrew to carry on his role as colonel-in-chief of the nine military regiments, units and corps.

Royal courtiers are said to be discussing plans to strip Prince Andrew of his Duke of York title if he loses the lawsuit brought by sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre. Other ideas allegedly being considered by the Royal household include sending the Duke into some form of 'internal exile' and asking him to relinquish any links he still has to charities. And in a further blow, the Duke is said to be under pressure to give up his nine military roles, according to defence sources

Royal courtiers are said to be discussing plans to strip Prince Andrew of his Duke of York title if he loses the lawsuit brought by sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre. Other ideas allegedly being considered by the Royal household include sending the Duke into some form of 'internal exile' and asking him to relinquish any links he still has to charities. And in a further blow, the Duke is said to be under pressure to give up his nine military roles, according to defence sources

Royal courtiers are said to be discussing plans to strip Prince Andrew of his Duke of York title if he loses the lawsuit brought by sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre. Other ideas allegedly being considered by the Royal household include sending the Duke into some form of ‘internal exile’ and asking him to relinquish any links he still has to charities. And in a further blow, the Duke is said to be under pressure to give up his nine military roles, according to defence sources

The decision to remove the military titles would need come from the Queen and Buckingham Palace officials but defence sources said 'there would be no objection from the armed forces'. (Above, members of the Royal Family in 2019)

The decision to remove the military titles would need come from the Queen and Buckingham Palace officials but defence sources said 'there would be no objection from the armed forces'. (Above, members of the Royal Family in 2019)

The decision to remove the military titles would need come from the Queen and Buckingham Palace officials but defence sources said ‘there would be no objection from the armed forces’. (Above, members of the Royal Family in 2019)

Prince Andrew was seen for the first time on Friday since his friend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of child sex trafficking

Prince Andrew was seen for the first time on Friday since his friend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of child sex trafficking

Prince Andrew was seen for the first time on Friday since his friend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of child sex trafficking

What military titles does Andrew hold?

  • Vice-Admiral – Personal Aide-de-Camp to the Queen
  • Colonel – Grenadier Guards 
  • Colonel-in-Chief – 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s); Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment); Small Arms School Corps; and Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) 
  • Royal Colonel – Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland 
  • Honorary Air Commodore – Royal Air Force Lossiemouth 
  • Commodore-in-Chief – Fleet Air Arm 
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Those roles are: Vice-Admiral – Personal Aide-de-Camp to the Queen; Colonel – Grenadier Guards; Colonel-in-Chief – 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s); Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment); Small Arms School Corps; and Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot); Royal Colonel – Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland; Honorary Air Commodore – Royal Air Force Lossiemouth; and Commodore-in-Chief – Fleet Air Arm.

The news comes after senior military chiefs privately labelled Andrew as ‘toxic’ – with a source saying: ‘Even if Andrew is completely exonerated from any wrongdoing he is now regarded as toxic. It is expected he will do the decent thing and resign.’

The decision to remove the titles would need come from the Queen and Buckingham Palace officials but defence sources told the Sunday People that there would be no objection from the armed forces.

The revelations come as Prince Andrew’s family put on a united front as they were spotted for the first time since the conviction of the Duke’s close friend Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking.

The Duchess of York linked arms with her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank as they took a stroll in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier.

The five appeared to be in good spirits despite the growing scandal surrounding the Duke of York’s association with sex trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre.

Prince Andrew's family put on a united front as they were spotted for the first time since the conviction of the Duke of York's close friend Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking. The Duchess of York linked arms with her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank as they took a stroll in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier

Prince Andrew's family put on a united front as they were spotted for the first time since the conviction of the Duke of York's close friend Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking. The Duchess of York linked arms with her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank as they took a stroll in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier

Prince Andrew’s family put on a united front as they were spotted for the first time since the conviction of the Duke of York’s close friend Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking. The Duchess of York linked arms with her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank as they took a stroll in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier

The five (left to right, Edo, Beatrice, Duchess of York, Eugenie and Jack), appeared to be in good spirits despite the growing scandal surrounding the Duke of York's association with sex trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre

The five (left to right, Edo, Beatrice, Duchess of York, Eugenie and Jack), appeared to be in good spirits despite the growing scandal surrounding the Duke of York's association with sex trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre

The five (left to right, Edo, Beatrice, Duchess of York, Eugenie and Jack), appeared to be in good spirits despite the growing scandal surrounding the Duke of York’s association with sex trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre

Prince Andrew is pictured with the Duchess and their children in Verbier back in 2001

Prince Andrew is pictured with the Duchess and their children in Verbier back in 2001

Prince Andrew is pictured with the Duchess and their children in Verbier back in 2001

Duke is ‘likely to avoid fallout from perjury case’

Prince Andrew is likely to avoid the potential fallout of a perjury case against Ghislaine Maxwell, according to legal experts.

Maxwell, 60, is facing up to 65 years in prison after jurors in a Manhattan court declared her a child sex predator.

She was found guilty on Wednesday on five counts of recruiting and trafficking young girls to be sexually abused by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell still faces two charges of perjury. The counts relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by Virginia Giuffre.

Ms Giuffre was expected to play a key role in any trial of Maxwell on the perjury charges – and it could have seen Ms Giuffre’s claims against Prince Andrew being heard in open court.

But legal experts think it unlikely the perjury charges will lead to a new trial. Instead, with Maxwell now convicted of the abuse and trafficking charges, they could well be left to lie on file.

Bradley Simon, a former federal prosecutor in New York, told The Telegraph: ‘They may not proceed with the perjury. Conserving judicial resources is always a big consideration.’

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The Yorks are believed to have thrown a New Year’s Eve party and invited some of their many friends who visit the luxury Swiss resort every year.

The family are understood to have flown out to Switzerland on Boxing Day while Prince Andrew remained at his Royal Lodge home inside the Queen’s Windsor estate.

The Duchess declined to comment about recent events when approached in the street. The 62-year-old said simply: ‘We are on a family holiday.’

The Duchess is said to be very happy to have been able to spend time with her grandchildren – Eugenie’s son August, and Beatrice’s daughter Sienna, who are both on holiday with their parents.

The Duke of York is believed to have held crisis meetings with his legal team following Maxwell’s guilty verdict for sex trafficking on Wednesday night following her New York City trial.

Meanwhile, Virginia Giuffre – the woman who claims she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew when she was 17 – could be set to give a victim impact statement to a New York judge for the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell.

The British socialite was this week convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her billionaire paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.

Although a number of accusers did not give evidence at the trial, the women will instead be given the chance to make a statement to Judge Alison Nathan, according to the Telegraph.

One of them is said to be Ms Giuffre – known before her marriage as Virginia Roberts – who alleges having sex with Andrew three times in 2001, at a time when she was a teenager and under the control of Epstein. 

The Prince has denied the claims.

Victim impact statements are testimonies presented to the court which outline the effects of an offender’s actions. 

While guidelines and reports are what are primarily used to determine the length of sentence, a judge should also consider victim impact statements.

Sigrid McCawley, who represents Ms Giuffre, told the paper: ‘At the sentencing, I anticipate that there will be a lot of testimony from many, many other women who were not able to be heard at the trial, who will come forward and bring information about their suffering at the hands of Ghislaine Maxwell.

Virginia Giuffre - the woman who claims she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew when she was 17 - could be set to give a victim impact statement to a New York judge for the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell. She is pictured with her lawyer, David Boies

Virginia Giuffre - the woman who claims she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew when she was 17 - could be set to give a victim impact statement to a New York judge for the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell. She is pictured with her lawyer, David Boies

Virginia Giuffre – the woman who claims she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew when she was 17 – could be set to give a victim impact statement to a New York judge for the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell. She is pictured with her lawyer, David Boies 

‘I believe this will be considered by the court before Judge Nathan renders her decision on the length of time Ghislaine will serve behind bars.’ 

Andrew admits he has no proof over infamous claim he can’t sweat 

Prince Andrew suffered a setback in his US sex case, after admitting he has no proof over his infamous claim he cannot sweat and also seeing the judge throw out an attempt to stall the case.

Lawyers for his accuser, who is suing the prince for damages in a New York civil case, have demanded he hand over evidence he does not perspire, as he said in a car crash Newsnight interview two years ago when denying her allegations.

But his legal team said ‘no documents exist in his possession, custody or control’ to back the claim.

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It comes amid claims that Buckingham Palace ‘sleepwalked’ into the Prince Andrew crisis and has been paralysed with indecision over to how to handle things.

Senior royal insiders said the duke operated with ‘impunity’ as a member of the Royal Family because staff were ‘too scared’ to stand up to him.

And they say the idea he could still return to public life, despite the swirling controversy around his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, must be quashed.

The comments came as Andrew suffered two setbacks in his US sex case, admitting he has no proof over his infamous claim he cannot sweat and also seeing the judge throw out an attempt to stall the case.

Lawyers for his accuser, who is suing the prince for damages in a New York civil case, have demanded he hand over evidence he does not perspire, as he said in a car crash Newsnight interview two years ago when denying her allegations.

But his legal team said ‘no documents exist in his possession, custody or control’ to back the claim.

Furthermore, the Duke revealed he was also unable to put forward any witnesses to corroborate his claim that he was at Pizza Express in Woking on the night it’s alleged he slept with Miss Giuffre.

And the judge denied Andrew’s requests to delay the case after he claimed Miss Giuffre cannot sue in the US on the grounds that she lives in Australia.

The prince was seen in public yesterday for the first time since his friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her boyfriend Epstein, driving himself to Windsor Castle.

In his Newsnight interview he also told interviewer Emily Maitlis that on the date Miss Giuffre says they slept together in London, he was at a Pizza Express in Woking. He has been told to prove this too.

Miss Roberts, now Giuffre, claims she slept with Andrew three times in 2001, at a time when she was 17 and under the control of Epstein.

The prince was seen in public yesterday for the first time since his friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her boyfriend Epstein, driving himself to Windsor Castle. Pictured: Prince Andrew and Maxwell in 2000 at Ascot

The prince was seen in public yesterday for the first time since his friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her boyfriend Epstein, driving himself to Windsor Castle. Pictured: Prince Andrew and Maxwell in 2000 at Ascot

The prince was seen in public yesterday for the first time since his friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her boyfriend Epstein, driving himself to Windsor Castle. Pictured: Prince Andrew and Maxwell in 2000 at Ascot

Pictured: Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001

Pictured: Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001

Pictured: Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001

The prince vehemently denies the accusations. But pressure has increased on him this week following Maxwell’s conviction.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior former royal adviser stressed that while there was no knowledge of the extent of the duke’s friendship with Epstein and Maxwell to anyone outside of the prince’s private office, the ‘Andrew problem’ was a long-running issue for the royal household in general.

Lawyers say Andrew has no witnesses to support claim he was at Pizza Express

The Prince suffered another setback after he revealed he was also unable to put forward any witnesses to corroborate his claim that he was at Pizza Express in Woking on the night it’s alleged he slept with Miss Giuffre.

He said it could not have happened because he spent the day with his daughter. ‘I was with the children and I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at, I suppose, sort of 4pm or 5pm in the afternoon,’ he said. 

When asked why he would remember a meal at Pizza Express 18 years later, he said: ‘Because going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do … I’ve only been to Woking a couple of times and I remember it weirdly distinctly.

‘As soon as somebody reminded me of it, I went, ‘Oh yes, I remember that’. 

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‘Anyone who even dared to offer their professional advice that maybe his way wasn’t the right one was met with a decisive ‘f*** off out of my office’,’ the source said.

The account is backed up by other former royal staff, all of whom claim the prince acted as if he ‘didn’t have to answer to anyone’ and was allowed to ‘go rogue’.

Particularly troublesome, it was said, was Andrew’s role as a roving trade ‘ambassador’, which saw him repeatedly criticised for cosying up to highly controversial world leaders and businessmen.

A former Buckingham Palace staff member recalled how it was an ‘impossible job’ to persuade the prince or his advisers to take any instruction. ‘The duke made clear that the only person he answered to was the Queen,’ they said.

‘He wouldn’t take advice from anyone. [He] acted with total impunity and staff were just too scared to stand up to him as a member of the Royal Family. Her Majesty almost always backed him and he fully exploited that.

‘There’s an element of Buckingham Palace sleepwalking into his whole crisis. Andrew would tell his family that it was all untrue and it would all go away.’

Andrew stepped back from official duties following the Newsnight interview.

On Tuesday, Andrew will try again to have the case brought by Miss Giuffre thrown out.

But in court papers filed yesterday, her legal team made it clear they would test his Newsnight alibi, when he disputed her claim he was sweating while they danced together in a London nightclub by saying he had a ‘peculiar medical condition’ which made it ‘impossible’ for him to perspire. 

Lawyers want the court to order him to hand over proof about his ‘alleged medical condition of anhidrosis’.

And they could ask for his former police bodyguards to testify about the duke’s whereabouts at the time Miss Giuffre says they were having sex. Buckingham Palace declined to comment last night.

Prince Andrew stepped back from official duties following the Newsnight interview

Prince Andrew stepped back from official duties following the Newsnight interview

Prince Andrew stepped back from official duties following the Newsnight interview

Duke’s security needs to be urgently reviewed as people could become fixated on him in wake of Maxwell conviction, says ex-royal protection expert

Prince Andrew’s security should be urgently reviewed because people could become fixated on him after Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction, a former protection chief for the Queen and Royal Family said.

Dai Davies told the Sun: ‘Prince Andrew has not been convicted of anything — but the Maxwell verdict is a game-changer.’

His comments follow a recent security scare for the Duke.

On December 17, Prince Andrew was given a shock after a woman ran up to his Range Rover and shouted ‘Andrew, Andrew!’ through his car window.

The Duke of York was doing his regular short drive from his Royal Lodge home to Windsor Castle to go horse riding when, at a public road junction, the woman appeared at his car window.

Photos showed her hammering on the glass and appearing to shout at the Prince, who sat awkwardly in his car seat. She was later questioned by police nearby.

Prince Andrew was given a shock in early December after a woman ran up to his Range Rover and shouted 'Andrew, Andrew!' through the window

Prince Andrew was given a shock in early December after a woman ran up to his Range Rover and shouted 'Andrew, Andrew!' through the window

Prince Andrew was given a shock in early December after a woman ran up to his Range Rover and shouted ‘Andrew, Andrew!’ through the window

Q&A 

What is Andrew accused of?

The formal allegations are battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bringing the New York case under her married name of Giuffre, Virginia Roberts alleges she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 and a ‘sex slave’ to his friend, paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Unlike the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in Manhattan this is a civil case. Miss Roberts is seeking damages, probably totalling millions of pounds. Andrew cannot be jailed.

Where are we at?

The case was filed in August and is still at the early stages. On Tuesday, the judge will rule on a new Andrew application to dismiss it. If it continues there will be the taking of depositions – formal statement given under oath.

Who could be deposed?

Miss Roberts’ lawyer David Boies has said he will seek to depose the duke and possibly his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, among others. Andrew’s side will depose his accuser and her associates, and perhaps her lawyers.

And then?

Judge Lewis Kaplan has set a tentative trial date for September, with the case to be decided by a jury made up of a dozen members of the public.

Will Andrew testify?

He can refuse to give a deposition but it could result in a default judgment against him. If he attends the trial, he can decline to give evidence in person, or ‘take the fifth’, refusing to answer questions in order to avoid incriminating himself.

What evidence will be heard?

Miss Roberts will tell her account and bring witnesses she says back up her claims. It is thought she will use flight logs from Epstein’s private jets showing her being flown to locations she claims to have had sex with the duke. Evidence from Maxwell’s trial could also play a part, including testimony from the victim known only as Carolyn, who says she was pulled into Epstein’s sphere by Roberts herself.

What about the FBI wanting to speak to Andrew?

That is separate from this case. The FBI have been looking to speak to Andrew as a possible witness for at least the last two years as they continue to investigate Epstein’s global sex ring. A request filed with the Home Office under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty is currently gathering dust and has not been actioned.

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