Experts recommend after MailOnline that the ruling is “not good news” for Queen Elizabeth’s second son and could discredit the royal family. They also argue that the jury’s decision on Virginia Giuffre’s case could work against him. She is said to have been recruited by Epstein and claims Andrew molested her multiple times in 2001 when she was 17 years old. In the opinion of the experts, this diminishes his chances and damages his reputation further.
“Not legally valid”
Prince Andrew denies all allegations. On Wednesday, he and his lawyers came up with a new plan to get out of the process. According to Andrew’s lawyers, Giuffre does not live in the United States, but in Australia. As a result, her charge would be void.
Giuffre herself has stated that she lives in the US state of Colorado. One of her lawyers was frustrated with the prince’s new legal strategy. It has been described as “another strenuous attempt” to torpedo the process.
Andrew’s attorneys also previously stated that Giuffre was 17 years old at the time of the alleged abuse, and that in New York, that is the age at which a person has reached the age of sexual consent. According to the lawyers, there is no evidence yet that she was forced to have sex with the prince against her will.