The Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich created serious problems for the Royal family; specifically, for Prince Andrew, who was portrayed as a friend of the notorious Epstein.
After the release of the documentary, Prince Andrew permanently resigned from all public roles because of his ties to the criminal.
But the drama didn’t stop there. An investigation into Epstein’s crimes named Prince Andrew a person of interest in the case. Although Epstein was found guilty and sent to prison (where he has since died under suspicious circumstances), that doesn’t mean it’s the end of legal troubles for Prince Andrew.
Who Is Virginia Giuffre?
Virginia Giuffre was in high school and working as a spa attendant when Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s partner, offered her a job as a massage therapist. Maxwell found young girls for Epstein’s trafficking ring, including Giuffre.
Giuffre took the job, but it wasn’t a job at all. Maxwell and Epstein groomed her and other young girls to provide shady services and for their rich and powerful friends. Now, Giuffre works to help victims of trafficking through her non-profit, Victims Refuse Silence.
The Questionable Photograph
A picture is worth 1,000 words, and the photograph of a young Giuffre, Prince Andrew, and Maxwell is worth at least 1,000. The picture brings up so many questions: Why does the prince have his arm around this young woman’s waist? What happened before the photo? What happened after? Only Giuffre is answering these questions, as Prince Andrew states he doesn’t remember meeting her at all.
The New Lawsuit
Giuffre decided to file a lawsuit against the prince. In August 2021, she and her lawyers filed the suit in New York, accusing the prince of “sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
Under international law, the suit must be delivered in person to Prince Andrew. However, if he’s not served by December 7th, 2021, the case could fall apart.
In August 2021, Giuffre’s lawyers attempted to serve him with the papers during his regular horse ride at Windsor Palace. However, they missed the prince, who is now believed to be at Balmoral Estate with his family.
What’s Next for the Prince?
Once Prince Andrew is served with the suit (if Giuffre’s lawyers succeed in handing it to him), he and his lawyers will have 21 days to respond to the accusations. Despite the somewhat suggestive photograph, Prince Andrew has insisted from the very beginning that he never had a relationship with Giuffre, and he denies ever meeting her.
While we may never know the truth, we will know in the coming months whether the prince will be the subject of the lawsuit.