If you thought the Megxit scandal was big enough just wait and see what Prince Andrew has allegedly done this time. Virginia Giuffre has sued the 61-year-old son of Queen Elizabeth II in Manhattan. According to Giuffre, late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell made her have sex with the royal three times, starting when she was “a child.”
Virginia Giuffre shared a statement that indicates the reasons behind her actions. "Today my attorney filed suit against Prince Andrew for sexual abuse under the Child Victims Act. As the suit lays out in detail, I was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him." Giuffre's statement continues, "I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me. The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one's life by speaking out and demanding justice." Giuffre's statement concludes, "I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first — and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogate, but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down."
So, what happens next? Because Prince Andrew faces a civil suit and not criminal charges, he cannot be compelled to come to New York to answer it, legal experts note. According to the New York Post, the 2003 extradition treaty, brought in by George W. Bush, says UK citizens can only be extradited for felonies “punishable by imprisonment or other form of detention for more than one year or by the death penalty,” neither of which apply for Andrew. But, now that a civil action has been filed, Prince Andrew may be forced to be questioned under oath and turn over texts, emails, and private letters related to the case.
Back in 2019 Prince Andrew talked about these accusations and told BBC Newsnight that he never had sex with Giuffre, saying, “It didn’t happen.”He said he has “no recollection” of ever meeting her and told an interviewer there are “a number of things that are wrong” about Giuffre’s account, which alleges the encounter occurred in 2001. “I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” Andrew said.
Prince Andrew, who is father to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, added, "I'd taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at I suppose sort of four or five in the afternoon. And then because the Duchess (Sarah Ferguson) was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other one is there. I was on terminal leave at the time from the Royal Navy so, therefore, I was at home." Despite he denied everything, some months later the prince quit royal duties.