Sweats for Prince Andrew as end of alleged victims gagging order approaches

Prince Andrew could find himself in a sweat about the upcoming expiry of Virginia Giuffre’s gagging order, which may leave her able to write a book on Jeffrey Epstein's abuse or be interviewed.

Ms Giuffre has been unable to speak about Prince Andrew’s alleged involvement with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein after she and the Duke reached an out-of-court settlement, but this is due to expire in February 2023.

She previously alleged she was made to have sex with the Prince three times when she was just 17 – allegations he has always vehemently denied.

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Prince Andrew has never admitted any guilt or wrongdoing for the alleged 2001 incident but did reach an out-of-court settlement reported to be worth up to £12million on February 15, 2022.

Now though, the gagging order put in place ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as part of the settlement is due to expire, which could leave Ms Giuffre open to discuss the abuse she suffered at the hands of Epstein.

She may still be unable to reiterate her allegations towards the Prince, however.

The Prince is understood to have initially wanted to settle the matter in court, but he is reported to have been convinced an out-of-court settlement was a better move.

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Andrew is understood to have borrowed money from his mother the Queen to help pay for the settlement and the inclusion of the gagging order is thought to be a big part of securing the loan,Metroreports.

The publication claims royal aides had been left furious by the inclusion of a gagging order with such a short lifespan.

Prince Andrew has since been stripped of all of his military titles and his patronages were returned to the Queen.

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More recently King Charles booted his little brother Andrew out of Buckingham Palace, telling him he can no longer keep an office in the building.

The Prince is still no longer carrying out public duties.

Prince Andrew has been reported by multiple outlets to be hiring a new PR team in a bid to try and repair his public image.

According to Metro, a friend said: “If you’re going to go for legal resolution at those sorts of prices then you want silence – but what we’ve got is silence for the Platinum Jubilee.”

The Daily Star has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

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