The Queen ‘won’t pay for Prince Andrew’s legal move – the Duke’s Swiss chalet is up for sale,’ according to reports.
According to reports, the Queen will not help Prince Andrew pay his mounting legal bills in his ongoing legal battle with Virginia Giuffre.
Andrew is reportedly attempting to force the sale of his £17 million Swiss chalet in order to fund his spiraling expenses.
This comes amid reports that he may be forced to pay Ms Giuffre, 38, £3 million in an out-of-court settlement.
She is suing him in a New York court for having sex with her three times while she was a teenage sex slave trafficked by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew, 61, has always denied her allegations.
However, a source told the Mirror that the Duke of York could reach an “important” out-of-court settlement at the last minute to avoid further reputational damage.
“It’s crunch time for Andrew on several fronts,” they continued.
“Because he is covering all of the expenses himself, he needs to raise cash quickly to pay bills that are piling up by the day.”
“If there was a chance to settle, that is an option, but there is no doubt in my mind that the Queen would not help him.”
The news came as senior royals, including Prince Charles and Prince William, were said to be “absolutely furious” at the suggestion that the monarch should foot the bill.
“They are both of the opinion that Andrew can sort out his own mess,” a source said.
While the Duke denies the allegations and claims he has “no recollection” of ever meeting Ms Giuffre, he is said to be aware that a civil trial could be disastrous for the monarchy’s reputation.
They also claimed that, despite his desire to “clear his name,” a monetary settlement could be offered.
“No discussions have been had regarding a financial settlement,” a source with knowledge of the proceedings said.
However, because “the vast majority of civil litigation in the United States is settled outside of court,” they added, “it would always be an option on the table.”
It remains to be seen whether Ms Giuffre, who has stated repeatedly that she intends to take the case to court, will accept a settlement.
Andrew’s only way to fund a payout, if she accepts, is to sell Chalet Helora in the Verbier ski resort with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.
The couple, who purchased the seven-bedroom property for £16.6 million in 2014, agreed to in September.
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