Palace paralysis over Duke’s case: Royal staff ‘sleepwalked’ into Prince Andrew crisis and were ‘too scared’ to stand up to him because he operated with ‘impunity’ within the Royal Family, say insiders as he suffers two setbacks in his US sex case
Senior royal insiders said the duke operated with ‘impunity’ as a member of the Royal Family because staff were ‘too scared’ to stand up to him.
And they say the idea he could still return to public life, despite the swirling controversy around his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, must be quashed.
The comments came as Andrew suffered two setbacks in his US sex case, admitting he has no proof over his infamous claim he cannot sweat and also seeing the judge throw out an attempt to stall the case.
Lawyers for his accuser Virginia Roberts, who is suing the prince for damages in a New York civil case, have demanded he hand over evidence he does not perspire, as he said in a car crash Newsnight interview two years ago when denying her allegations.
But his legal team said ‘no documents exist in his possession, custody or control’ to back the claim.
And the judge denied Andrew’s requests to delay the case after he claimed Miss Roberts cannot sue in the US on the grounds that she lives in Australia.
The prince was seen in public yesterday for the first time since his friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her boyfriend Epstein, driving himself to Windsor Castle.
In his Newsnight interview he also told interviewer Emily Maitlis that on the date Miss Roberts says they slept together in London, he was at a Pizza Express in Woking. He has been told to prove this too.