Prince Andrew’s intercourse accuser stated Friday that the fallen royal “must be held accountable” — a day after her lawsuit noticed him stripped of being His Royal Highness.
“I’m glad I will have the chance to continue to expose the truth,” tweeted Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, of the choice Wednesday to permit her Manhattan lawsuit to maneuver ahead to trial.
“My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law & must be held accountable,” she wrote.
Giuffre has for years claimed that late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and convicted madam Ghislaine Maxwell made her have “disgusting” intercourse with the royal 3 times, beginning in 2001 when she was simply 17.
The allegations led to Andrew, 61, getting booted from royal duties in November 2019 — and the ultimate humiliation this week of being formally stripped of his royal and army titles.
Buckingham Palace’s blunt two-sentence announcement Thursday made clear Andrew’s 95-year-old mom, Queen Elizabeth II, made the choice due to the lawsuit.
The once-key senior royal “is defending this case as a private citizen,” the palace stated — with insiders confirming that he has been banished from utilizing “His Royal Highness” in any official capability.
Even forward of his potential Manhattan trial, Andrew might quickly lose much more than his titles and patronages — with The Sun instructed that he may very well be made to depart Royal Lodge, the 31-bedroom residence he nonetheless shares along with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.
And like Prince Harry — who additionally misplaced his HRH title throughout his “Megxit” with Meghan Markle — now-private citizen Andrew will doubtless additionally lose his police safety, the UK paper famous.
Andrew had seemed crestfallen Thursday within the drive to and from Windsor Castle, the place his monarch mother instructed him her choice throughout a face-to-face assembly.
Still, royal biographer Penny Junor instructed The Times of London that the transfer got here two years too late, and will have occurred after Andrew’s disastrous BBC interview in 2019 by which he justified palling round with Epstein even after he’d been jailed for underage intercourse offenses.
This ought to have been accomplished then,” Junor stated, saying she “failed” to “disengage” the monarchy from her son’s scandal.
Royal author Peter Hunt detailed in The Spectator the autumn of grace for Andrew now he “has been well and truly cut adrift.”
“This is what a sacking looks like when you’re ninth in line to the British throne. No more appearances on the Buckingham Palace balcony; riding horseback during Trooping the Colour; or laying a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday,” he wrote.
“Henceforth, he’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York: the non-royal, royal.”
Andrew has vehemently denied any data of Epstein’s abuse, and the prince’s attorneys insist he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.” He has by no means been charged criminally.
A supply near Andrew instructed The Post Thursday that he would “continue to defend himself” in opposition to the lawsuit.
He isn’t believed to need to settle, leaving him open to embarrassing particulars coming to gentle in court docket.
Giuffre, in the meantime, thanked her “extraordinary legal team” serving to her “seek justice from those who hurt me and so many others.”
“I do not walk this path alone, but alongside countless other survivors of sexual abuse & trafficking,” she wrote.