As Prince Andrew’s potential trial over sexual assault allegations approaches, the royal family is dreading one thing: being called to testify. If for now, the people on that famous list “have not been a big surprise”, the game could change. Will Princess Beatrice or his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, be called?
The “nightmare” has just begun… After several attempts in recent months to dismiss the complaint of Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew seems to be resolved to be tried in civil court. His legal team is preparing for the trial. Accused of sexual assault on a minor in the scandal linked to the financier Jeffrey Epstein, the royal must find a solid defense. This trial – which will have a huge impact on the royal family – is a source of fear for the entourage of the main interested party.
The reason? The two parties involved in the trial have started to draw up a list of witnesses they want to talk to. The Daily Mail’s royal editor, Rebecca English, analyzed the latest moves in the lawsuit. “The people they are looking to call so far have not been a big surprise. But this could be just the tip of the iceberg,” she began by explaining. Before continuing, “There’s always a fear that they might try to call members of the royal family or Andrew’s family, Princess Beatrice or his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York.” If that were to happen, it would be a blow to the monarchy.
Prince Andrew: the testimonies
The judge in New York has asked to take several testimonies, including two mainly: the former assistant of Prince Andrew and the husband of Virginia Giuffre. His former right-hand man is to be questioned about Andrew’s communications with Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and Virginia Giuffre, “as well as his trip to Epstein’s home,” according to the Times. It was included in “the infamous” little black book of Epstein’s contacts.” The request to interview him as a witness “surprised Andrew’s team.” Regarding Robert Giuffre, the prosecutor requested her testimony to learn about “her discussions with her about Andrew, her alleged childhood trauma and abuse, and her relationship with Epstein and Maxwell.” Two other testimonies are expected to complete the list.
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