It was announced today that Virginia Guffrie and Prince Andrew have reached a settlement in principle ahead of a court trial, which was slated for later this year. While the amount of money has not yet been disclosed, the letter filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s attorney, stated that the Duke of York intended to make a “substantial donation to Ms Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights”.
The letter added: “He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”
However, questions are already being asked about where the money to pay for the settlement has come from.
Comedian David Baddiel tweeted: “Interested to know which taxpayers, who fund the Royal coffers which bought Andrew most of the property that he sold to pay for this, were consulted about this.”
Many commenters expressed outrage over the possibility that taxpayer money was being used to settle Prince Andrew’s court case.
A spokesperson for the duke said he would not be expanding beyond the statement filed in court. Meanwhile, when asked for comment by the PA news agency, Mr Boies said: “I believe this event speaks for itself.”
Earlier this year the Duke sold his £17million ski chalet in Verbier, Switzerland, amid reports he needed to raise cash ahead of the civil case.