PRINCE Andrew has left the Royal Family “totally frustrated” as the civil case filed against him continues to “drag on”, a royal commentator has claimed.
A royal commentator has urged Prince Andrew to “sort out” his ongoing lawsuit “one way or another”, as the reputation of the Royal Family continues to be at risk. Members of the family, particularly Prince Charles and Prince William, are reportedly “totally frustrated” at the progress of the civil case, which was filed on August 10. Prince Andrew is facing accusations of sexual abuse, which he has consistently denied.
Royal commentator Rupert Bell told talkRadio: “That is what they’re frustrated about, is that it’s dragging on and they see Andrew as part of the reason why it has dragged on.
“You remember how long ago the Emily Maitlis interview was, that was pre-pandemic times.
“So therein lies the problem, it’s been dragging on and every corner and every day, there’s something else to be talked about with regards to Prince Andrew and this civil case against him.
“He has to sort it out one way or another, and until he does that, then he can’t win over his family who are obviously totally frustrated, particularly Charles and William, because they see that the damage is enormous.”
Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed the civil case against him under New York’s Child Victims Act in August.
Since then, the 61-year-old prince has maintained a low profile and has spent several weeks with the Queen at Balmoral, her Scottish residence.
He recently returned to his home at Royal Lodge in Windsor, where he met his baby granddaughter, Sienna Elizabeth, for the first time.
The Duke of York has not publicly commented on the lawsuit, and his legal team spent several weeks denying that they had been formally served with the official papers.
Under the Hague Convention, a defendant must be formally notified of the proceedings against them in order for a court hearing to proceed.
During a pre-trial conference on September 13, Ms Giuffre’s legal team presented a US judge with evidence that they had attempted to serve the prince with papers via courier, email and post.
Prince Andrew’s team have since accepted that they have received the documents, and have until October 28 to offer a response.
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