Prince Andrew, who has demanded a trial by jury in the civil sex case brought against him by Virginia Giuffre, could end up losing a significant amount of his assets to legal fees, it has been claimed. The Duke of York has submitted 11 reasons why the case should be dismissed, including that Ms Giuffre’s claims are “barred by the doctrine of consent” and by “her own wrongful conduct”. But royal commentator Christine Ross pointed out claims Andrew could pay up to seven-figure legal fees.
Speaking on Us Weekly’s Royally Us podcast, Ms Ross said: “You have to hope that his legal counsel is providing him with good support and resources.
“I think the most interesting thing I’ve read are the financial implications.
“They’re estimating that this will cost Prince Andrew about $5million (£3.6million) and they’re also estimating that he’s only worth about $7million (£5.1million).
“I don’t know what they’re kind of maths they’re doing.”
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Ms Ross’ comments come from Bloomberg news which claimed Andrew could end up facing seven-figure legal fees if the case goes to trial.
It claimed that the cost of settling would be in excess of $5million (£3.6million).
Founder and director of Chicago-based Legal Fee Analytics LLC and an expert on attorneys’ fees Jerome Studer told Bloomberg that Andrew is looking at a “significant amount of fees, at least seven figures if not eight depending on how long the litigation goes.”
It comes as Andrew is facing calls to pay for his own security and lose his dukedom as the fallout from his civil sex case continues.
Criticism of Andrew is mounting after the Queen stripped him of his remaining patronages and honorary military roles as the monarchy distanced itself from the duke ahead of potentially damaging developments in his lawsuit.#
Graham Smith, chief executive officer of the organisation Republic, called on the Queen’s second son to foot the bill for his police protection as there was no prospect of him returning to royal duties.
During a radio interview, security minister Damian Hinds refused to confirm whether the duke will still receive taxpayer-funded security.
Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central, tweeted it was “untenable” for Andrew to cling on to his title “another day longer” and Darryl Smalley, a senior member of City of York Council, launched a campaign to strip Andrew of his dukedom.
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The Prince of Wales did not respond when questioned about the sex scandal which has engulfed his brother, during a visit to the north east of Scotland to meet people who helped in the clear-up operation after Storm Arwen.
Charles was involved in the royal family discussions with the Queen and Duke of Cambridge that resulted in Andrew losing his military roles, patronages and dropping his HRH style.
But when he arrived at Haddo House and Country Park, the heir to the throne did not comment when a broadcaster from Sky said: “Your Royal Highness, can I ask you your view on your brother’s position, Prince Andrew? How do you view it?”
Mr Smith, whose organisation campaigns for an elected head of state, said about the royal family: “Why should we be paying for their security? The job of the monarchy is to give us one head of state – we don’t need to be giving security to all of them. Lots of celebrities and other high-profile people pay for their own security.