Bond claims Andrew will suffer “enormous reputational damage” regardless of Giuffre’s decision.

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Regardless of Giuffre’s decision, Bond claims Andrew will suffer “enormous reputational damage.”

If the allegations against Prince Andrew were not pursued in court, royal expert Jennie Bond claimed that he would still suffer “enormous reputational damage.”

Prince Andrew’s legal team has argued that a settlement between his accuser Virginia Giuffre and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein would exonerate him.

The Duke of York has been accused of having sexual relations with Giuffre while she was still a minor, which he has always denied.

Even if the New York judge in charge of reviewing the lawsuit decides not to pursue the case, former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond claims the Duke’s reputation will be “enormously” damaged.

Ms Bond told GB News: “He must be on pins and needles, it must be a very awkward weekend as he awaits Judge Lewis Kaplan’s decision on whether the civil court case will proceed or be dismissed.”

“Obviously, the outcome he wants is for the judge to rule that Virginia Giuffre has no case and that no further proceedings will be held.”

“I think it’s unlikely, and even if it did happen, he’d still suffer enormous reputational damage as a result of his exceptionally bad choice of friends in Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted paedophile, and Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently in jail – convicted as things stand but appealing her conviction.”

“He’s in a lot of trouble,” she continued, “and I don’t see any way out that will satisfy the public opinion.”

The agreement Giuffre signed with Epstein in 2009, which was made public earlier this week, was argued by Prince Andrew’s lawyers to “discharge” the Duke from facing potential allegations by his accuser.

A general release was included in the deal, which would “forever discharge” a number of people who “could have been included as a potential defendant” in a civil lawsuit Giuffre had filed against Epstein in Florida, where the financier also lived.

The Duke also accused Giuffre of seeking “payday” in her campaign against Epstein and former associates like Maxwell, whom she sued for (dollar)50 million in a defamation lawsuit that was settled in 2015.

Andrew Brettler, a Los Angeles attorney, is representing Prince Andrew, while David Boies of Boies Schiller andamp; Flexner is representing Giuffre.

On Monday, Mr Boies stated that Andrew was not a “potential.”

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