Prince Andrew is “cheerful and relaxed” and being suggested to “preserve calm and keep it up” over the bombshell lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teenage lady, in accordance with a report.
“His authorized group at all times anticipated this and have ready,” a buddy of the 61-year-old royal’s advised The Solar of the lawsuit filed final week by long-time accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
“They suggested the Duke to maintain calm and keep it up and he’s taking their recommendation,” the buddy has insisted, saying he “has no intention” of fixing course and attempting to publicly deal with the accusations once more.
Neither Andrew nor his authorized group have addressed the lawsuit, and the royal “has no intention” of fixing course, the buddy mentioned.
And the royal — who famously insisted a medical situation proved he couldn’t have been “sweating throughout” Giuffre, as she had claimed — is definitely not perspiring over the authorized menace, both, the pal claimed.
“He has been cheerful and relaxed at Balmoral,” the buddy mentioned of the Scottish property the place the prince is staying together with his mom, British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
His unlikely declare about sweating was made throughout a broadly ridiculed interview with the BBC that finally received him booted from royal duties.
The catastrophe of his makes an attempt to elucidate his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein in addition to denying to even know Giuffre — whom he was photographed hugging when she was 17 — performed a key position in deciding to not once more attempt to converse out on the allegations, the pal mentioned.
“His legal professionals noticed what occurred with the Newsnight interview and assume it’s finest he says as little as doable,” the buddy mentioned, saying Andrew will solely “reply if required to by legislation.”
“The authorized course of may go on for years, however that’s not his fault,” the pal advised the UK paper. A first court docket listening to has been set for Sept. 13.
Giuffre has lengthy claimed to have been compelled by Epstein and his accused madam, Andrew’s socialite pal Ghislaine Maxwell, to have intercourse with the prince 3 times, in Maxwell’s just lately offered London dwelling in addition to Epstein’s New York mansion and personal island.
Andrew and Buckingham Palace have beforehand vehemently denied her allegations, with the prince even questioning the validity of the now-notorious picture of them collectively as a result of he’s not a hugger.