STEPHEN GLOVER: Legal tricks will not be washed away. Prince Andrew threatens the monarchy

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You can Prince Andrew save yourself? Or will his reputation and reputation be pulled even further into the gutter and harm not only him but the monarchy as well?

No one can yet definitively answer these questions because no one but Prince Andrew and a handful of people know whether he is completely innocent of the allegations made by Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) that he sexually abused her London and New York and on the Caribbean island in 2001, when she was 17 years old.

If he is blameless, as he insists he is, it is clearly in his interest and interest The royal family to strain every tendon to convince the world of his innocence. He hasn’t done that yet.

The headlights shine much brighter on Prince Andrew, writes STEPHEN GLOVER

By this week, the prince had almost gotten away with a combination of stone walls, avoidance and concealment, although his credibility was severely damaged. Condemning his friend Ghislaine Maxwell as a child sex trader requires a whole new approach on his part. Things suddenly got much worse for him.

The headlights shine much brighter on Andrew, in part because we now know that the woman he invited to Balmoral, Windsor Castle and Sandringham is both depraved and evil.

Such a famous photo of a smiling Prince Andrew with his hand wrapped around Virginia Giuffra’s bare belly as Ghislaine Maxwell glows in the background in her house inevitably takes on a deeper meaning.

What exactly happened that night? What the hell was the 41-year-old prince doing with his arm around a 17-year-old girl who was part of last year’s circle of underage girls Maxwell raised for his friend, pedophile Jeffrey Epstein?

The infamous photo of Virginia Roberts, Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell was taken at Maxwell's home in Belgravia

The infamous photo of Virginia Roberts, Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell was taken at Maxwell’s home in Belgravia

Prince Andrew pictured during an interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019

Prince Andrew pictured during an interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019

Virginia Roberts’ statement on the Maxwell judgment

My soul has longed for justice for years and today the jury gave me just that. I will remember this day forever.

Because I have lived with the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, I am heartbroken by the many other girls and young women who have suffered because of her hands and whose lives she has ruined.

I hope today is not the end, but another step towards justice. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must answer. I believe they will.

Andrew is also in the spotlight because the jury now believed and confirmed the allegations of the Maxwell and Epstein victims, although Virginia Giuffre herself was not called as a witness during the trial.

Can the prince seriously believe that his previous policy of jumping and weaving – he told the BBC’s Newsnight in a disastrous interview in 2019 that he can’t even remember meeting Giuffre – is almost sustainable after Maxwell’s conviction?

Just look at how he and his lawyers have behaved in recent months. Andrew was accused of trying to ‘dodge, flee, flee and hide’ in his mother’s palaces to avoid being served with legal documents after Virginia Giuffre filed a lawsuit against him. You should accept them as men.

His aggressive U.S. attorney, Andrew Brettler, at the same time tried to argue that Giuffre’s allegations were “unfounded and potentially illegal,” while saying court documents had not been served properly. Judge Lewis Kaplan reasonably replied: ‘Let’s cut out all the technical details and move on to the content.’

In October, the prince’s lawyers changed direction and described Giuffre as ‘money hungry sex kitten’, who “launched this unfounded lawsuit against Prince Andrew in order to earn another salary”.

Their latest complication earlier this week was to hint that Virginia Giuffre pretended to be a U.S. citizen but lives in Australia, so a U.S. court has no jurisdiction to hear the case. The judge will consider the arguments on Tuesday.

Prince Andrew will have to defend himself against Giuffrey’s lawsuit or other allegations that may arise along the road over Maxwell’s conviction. If he refuses, the world will increasingly conclude that he is guilty – with potentially catastrophic consequences for the monarchy.

The prince has so far acted as if the accusations against him are entirely his business. He apparently believes that if he wants to give an interview and shoot himself in the leg, or reveal court documents, or release lawyers of assault dogs who use offensive language, that’s just his thing.

Prince Andrew vehemently denies allegations by Ms. Giuffre (pictured in a New York court on August 27, 2019) that he slept with her after she claimed she was trafficked with him.

Prince Andrew vehemently denies allegations by Ms. Giuffre (pictured in a New York court on August 27, 2019) that he slept with her after she claimed she was trafficked with him.

Jeffrey Epstein's co-worker Ghislaine Maxwell is sitting when a conviction is read out in a New York courtroom on Wednesday in her sexual abuse trial.

Jeffrey Epstein’s co-worker Ghislaine Maxwell is sitting when a conviction is read out in a New York courtroom on Wednesday in her sexual abuse trial.

Of course not. Andrew’s reputation is in jeopardy and so far he has managed to protect it in a spectacular way. But at stake is something infinitely more important – the position of Her Majesty the Queen as she approaches the 70th anniversary of the beginning of her reign.

If a legitimate and arrogant prince continues to give the impression that he believes there is one set of laws governing the behavior of people like him and another for the rest of us, the monarchy will surely suffer permanent damage.

That’s why he shouldn’t continue to run such an incompetent and random show. He should present himself properly and try to explain his close relationship with child trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a prison cell.

An innocent man should not be afraid of the law at all. The Prince has every right to insist on a fair hearing, but when that right is granted, avoiding very serious accusations becomes shameful, contemptuous, and destructive.

He is a stupid man who has done bad company and is accused of doing bad things. Few people give a fig for him, but millions of us value the monarchy. We must not allow Prince Andrew to destroy him.

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