March 6, 2022
Prince Andrew has agreed on an out of court settlement with Virginia Giuffre, who accused him of raping her when she was underage after being groomed by Jeffrey Epstein. Now British people want to know where the money for the pay off is coming from, given that it will likely run into the millions.
The amount that Andrew will pay Giuffre, and a victims’ rights charity of her choice, has not been disclosed, however it is estimated to be in excess of £12 MILLION, and that won’t even include legal fees.
While not admitting any guilt in the case, a statement read in court noted that “Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms. Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks.”
The settlement comes days before Andrew would have been made to undergo a deposition, and be questioned under oath by Giuffre’s lawyers, reports the New York Times.
The BBC reports that already questions are being raised as to where the funds will be coming from, noting:
Although the exact amount of the financial settlement has not been revealed, reports have speculated that it could run into millions of pounds. The duke receives a Royal Navy pension and a stipend from the Queen’s Duchy of Lancaster income.
Kate Macnab, a lawyer at Reeds Solicitors, said: “It is likely there will be some demands to know where the payment is coming from – public or private purse?”
And Graham Smith from the anti-monarchy group Republic said taxpayers deserved to know where the money for the settlement was coming from.
Brits are now asking if this is something else they are going to have to foot the bill for.