The Queen is refusing to help him with his legal bills, the Mail reports
The window of opportunity for Prince Andrew to settle an underage sex claim lawsuit from one of pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein’s victims may have closed.
According to British newspapers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre has said she would turn down a $5-million out-of-court settlement with the Duke of York.
Any financial deal would almost certainly force the beleaguered royal to sell his $30-million Swiss ski chalet nestled in the Alps. The Mail reports that the Queen is refusing to help her second son with his legal bills.
His former wife, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was spotted by U.K. media heading back to Switzerland for a ski holiday with the couple’s two daughters and grandchildren. The vacation comes as Andrew awaits a ruling on whether a New York judge will toss the suit.
Giuffre, now 38, claims she had underage sex with the prince on at least three occasions when she was just 17 on orders of Epstein, who paid her $500,000 in 2009 in a settlement.
Andrew claims he, too, is covered by Epstein’s deal. The royal denies any wrongdoing.
A friend of Roberts said earlier this week that she never would have sued if the prince had just apologized.
On Friday, Fergie refused to discuss the sex claims and said simply it was “onward and upward.”
“Sarah is fully behind Andrew and is part of his team,” a royal source told the New York Post. “No one from inside Buckingham Palace has been involved in Prince Andrew’s case, or even knows anything much. It’s really just the Duke of York, Fergie and his lawyers.”
The prince has been hammered with a slew of legal setbacks as questions have been raised about how the royal — who earns about $400,000 — can afford a $30-million chalet in Switzerland.
The prince’s lavish lifestyle has long been in the spotlight, with the British tabloids calling him “Air Miles Andy.”
A friend told the U.K. Sun: “I would compare Andrew to a hot air balloon. He seems to float serenely around in very rarefied circles without any visible means of support.”
A ruling on whether Prince Andrew will face a civil trial could come Friday.