Prince Andrew to sell £ 17million Swiss chalet without Queen paying costs in sexual abuse case


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The Duke of York raises money to pay his legal bills during his legal battle with Virginia Giuffre. A source said the Queen will not help Prince Andrew pay the bills

Prince Andrew is not helped with the costs of the case by the Queen

As legal bills pile up during his legal battle with Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew is in a race against time to raise money to pay them off.

And the Duke is now trying to force the sale of his £ 17million Swiss chalet as it has emerged the Queen will not pay her rising costs.

Andrew could find out on Friday whether he will face a full civil trial in New York over allegations that he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre three times in 2001 when she was just 17, he claims -he denies.

If he gets the green light and loses, his accuser could also be granted a settlement which legal experts say could reach £ 3million.

It is possible that Andrew will make an offer at the 11th hour for an important out-of-court settlement, but those familiar with the matter have confirmed that no discussions have yet taken place.







Virginia Giuffre claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17
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A source said: “This is the critical moment for Andrew on several fronts.

“He bears all the costs himself, so he has to quickly raise cash to pay the bills that are increasing day by day.

“If there was any potential for a settlement, well, that’s an option, but there’s no doubt the Queen wouldn’t help him do it.”

Members of the royal family, including Prince Charles and Prince William, were considered ‘absolutely pissed off’ when they learned of suggestions that the monarch might be asked to pay Andrew’s bills.







Prince Andrew pictured leaving Verbier ski resort in Switzerland in 2015
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A source said: “They are both of the opinion that Andrew can fix his own mess.”

The Mirror can reveal the Queen “would not help” with any further financial settlements with Ms Giuffre over the sex allegations.

Sources have revealed that the Duke, who vehemently denies the allegations, “wants to clear his name” but realizes that a civil lawsuit could cause catastrophic damage to the reputation of the monarchy.

A source familiar with the proceedings said: “No discussion has taken place regarding a financial settlement. This is an American civil litigation, and given that the vast majority of American civil disputes are settled out of court, this would always remain an option on the table. “







Sarah Ferguson with her family in Verbier
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Ms Giuffre has always said she wanted to face the Duke in court.

Andrew, 61, owns Chalet Helora in the ski resort of Verbier with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. It is understood that this is his only method of raising substantial sums of money.

The couple agreed last September to sell the seven-bedroom property to a wealthy European investor. They bought it from millionaire French socialite Isabelle de Rouvre in 2014 for £ 16.6million.

But the deal was not done. Sources close to the Duke suggest he wants to push through the “emergency” sale.

Andrew and Fergie still owe £ 6.6million on the original purchase. Last year, Ms de Rouvre threatened to bring them to justice in Switzerland after missing a payment date in December 2019.

The Yorks then agreed to pay cash once the sale of the property was completed. As Andrew prepares to hear his plight, Fergie, 62, and their children are enjoying “last family vacation” this week at the chalet.







Prince Andrew pictured with the Queen in January 2020
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She was joined by daughters Beatrice, 33, and Eugenie, 31, and their families. A royal insider said: ‘It’s a stressful time for Andrew, so Sarah and the girls thought it best to be on the sidelines. They also know that this will be the last time they enjoy the chalet, so they make the most of it.

New York District Judge Lewis Kaplan on Monday unveiled a 2009 deal between Ms Giuffre and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who trafficked her with friends for sex.

He revealed the late financier gave him £ 370,000 to prevent him from pursuing any future ‘potential accused’ linked to Epstein.

Andrew’s lawyers claim he falls into this category and the case should be dismissed.

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