Royal aides believe there are “inconsistencies” in the Duke of York’s account of his dealings with Virginia Giuffre, who has accused him in a US lawsuit of underage rape, as it emerged that his legal bills are being underwritten by the Queen.
Lawyers for Prince Andrew are desperate to prevent the case from going to trial in America because they fear jurors may not believe him over an alleged victim of sexual abuse.
Although the prince strenuously denies Giuffre’s claims, palace insiders believe there are “credibility” problems with his version of events.
Andrew, 61, has said he has “no recollection” of meeting Giuffre, despite the existence of a photograph that shows him smiling with his arm around her waist.
Giuffre, who was previously known by