Yes, the Queen is paying Prince Andrew’s multi-million-dollar legal bills

Yes, the Queen is paying Prince Andrew’s multi-million-dollar legal bills — Global Times Nigeria


The Royal Family gather on the palace balcony at Trooping the Colour and Queens Birthday Parade on 09/06/2018

While we can all appreciate the fact that some British media outlets are trying to report on Prince Andrew and keep one spotlight on his predation and legal mess, I do feel like they’re just recycling the same old story with hardly any new details. For months, we’ve known that Andrew barely has any money, despite the fact that just four years ago, he was cash-flush enough to buy a $22 million Swiss chalet on a weird payment plan. Now he’s sold off the chalet to pay his debt, but I guess he doesn’t have anything left over? So Andrew is officially broke-ass and yes, the Queen is paying his legal bills. We’ve known that for months. Please allow the Telegraph (via the Daily Mail) to repeat it once again:

The Queen is spending millions of pounds funding Prince Andrew’s fight against sex abuse allegations, reports say. The Duke of York is being sued in New York by Virginia Giuffre, now 38, who claims he sexually abused her on three separate occasions when she was 17 — in London, New York and on billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean island. Andrew, 61, has consistently and strongly denied the allegations.

Her Majesty, 95, agreed to pay for the duke’s legal defence last year shortly after his disastrous interview on BBC Newsnight, according to the Daily Telegraph. The duke last week expanded his American legal team to include Melissa Lerner alongside his lead counsel Andrew Brettler. Mr Brettler is thought to be charging the Duke around $2,000 (£1,476) an hour.

The Queen will source funds from her private Duchy of Lancaster estate, the newspaper reported. Royal courtiers are said to expect the bill to run into millions as the civil case against Andrew continues for months or even years. And a potential settlement or damages payout would cost millions more on top of the overall bill.

Lerner is from Los Angeles-based Lavley Singer — a top law firm known for making celebrities’ legal problems disappear.

[From The Daily Mail]

While I don’t know Virginia Giuffre, my guess is that she would have been fine with a cash settlement, just as long as there was no non-disclosure agreement attached. That’s what happened when Ghislaine Maxwell settled with Virginia: Maxwell paid up and there was no NDA. What Virginia wants most of all is some kind of admission of the harm done to her by Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew. Anyway, my point is that if Andrew’s British lawyers were worth a damn, they would have told Andrew to quietly settle this with Virginia years ago and it would have likely saved the Queen a lot of money. But here we are. I don’t doubt that when it’s all said and done, Andrew’s legal bill and potential settlement with Virginia will go far past $5 million.

Trooping The Colour Ceremony 2015

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