Prince Andrew prepared as accuser Virginia Giuffre to be released from gagging clause

The Duke of York is bracing for his sex abuse accuser to return to the public eye as a gagging clause signed by both parties is lifted in February.

Prince Andrew paid millions to settle a civil case with Virginia Giuffre earlier this year, securing a deal that only got him a year of silence. The Duke admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement of the civil case.

However, that deal will end in a few weeks, meaning Ms Giuffre, who now lives in Australia with her husband and children, will once again be likely to be free to speak out about the years of abuse she suffered to the Jeffrey’s hands. Epstein, the convicted sex offender.

It raises the prospect that she could do TV interviews again, or even write a book.

Ms Giuffre sued the Duke for unspecified damages last year, claiming she was forced to have sex with him three times in 2001 when she was 17.

The Duke, who has denied any wrongdoing, was determined to take the civil case to court and clear his name.

But Buckingham Palace urged him to settle as increasingly damaging and sinister claims dominated the news agenda and threatened to overshadow Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The late queen was growing increasingly fragile and perhaps knew at the time that she did not have long to live. Among other things, there were fears that the announcement in early February that Camilla, then Duchess of Cornwall – with the blessing of her mother-in-law – would be known as Queen Consort when Charles took the throne, would be overshadowed by the legal process. In progress. battle.

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