A nervous wait for Princess Beatrice, daughter of Prince Andrew

David Boies, Giuffre’s lawyer, has already indicated that those he would seek to question in the Duke’s case “might include his ex-wife” and could already include his brother, the Prince Charles.

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Sarah, Duchess of York, has been one of Prince Andrew’s lone defenders in recent years, repeatedly voicing her loyalty and respect for him in public.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, while both shaken by the case, have also privately supported their father.

They would be asked to corroborate the Duke’s Pizza Express alibi, in addition as his claim that he could not sweat, both made in the Newsnight interview in 2019. However, there have been claims that Princess Beatrice has “absolutely no recollection” of the Pizza Express event.

Meanwhile, both sides have agreed a draft protective order outlining which documents and sensitive information obtained in the discovery course of action will keep secret. They include medical records, phone numbers, tax returns, banking information and the names of alleged underage victims of sexual abuse. Portions of deposition transcripts can also be designated secret.

Prince Andrew, left, and his daughter Princess Beatrice at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.Credit:AP

A source close to Andrew has insisted that he would “continue to defend himself” against the allegations, describing the time of action as “a marathon, not a sprint”. However, the legal situation is understood to keep “fluid” and the option of a hefty financial settlement remains on the table.

Crisis talks have begun seriously to determine the specific terms of a possible deal, which Andrew would want to be signed off before his deposition, tentatively scheduled for next month.

Boies has indicated that a public apology would have to form the plank of any agreement, but for Andrew, who has denied the claims, any acceptance of liability is off the table.

Although he is now defending the case as a “private citizen”, the monarch would have to sanction such a meaningful legal move. A public statement would likely point to the global publicity the case had generated and the ensuing negative effect on the institution.

Telegraph, London

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