In October, The Telegraph reported that Queen Elizabeth is funding Prince Andrew’s legal battle against Virginia Giuffre’s sexual assault case. With the Duke of York stepping away from royal duties amidst public scrutiny, the embattled Andrew has found himself in a bit of a financial hole. As a result, his mother has been funding his legal troubles to the tune of millions.
Now, the outlet notes the queen will possibly be asked to pay Giuffre off shall her civil case against Andrew be settled. It is understood that Elizabeth may have to shell out nearly $6.8 million to finance the settlement as The Telegraph (via Insider) notes. Giuffre, however, may not want to settle as it would not “advance the message” of holding abusers accountable. Interestingly enough, Andrew — who already finds himself nearly $9.9 million in debt over his Verbier property, per iNews — has resorted to selling his near $23 million Swiss ski chalet, though he has now found a buyer.
On top of his Verbier debt, Andrew’s legal and PR fees have now exceeded $3 million, according to The New York Post. Moreover, the duke and his legal team have been fighting ardently to have Giuffre’s case thrown out — though the decision is currently hanging in limbo.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
Source: Nicki Swift