While Queen Elizabeth II will soon be celebrating her 70th year of ascension to the English throne, the celebration will definitely be marred by the sexual harassment charges labeled against Prince Andrew in a New York courtroom. It would indeed be quite a sad state of affairs as her milestone- which has been unmatched by any single British sovereign, and the chance to turn the page on the last couple of years of the British royal family- will be sullied by the events that surround it.
Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th Anniversary To The Throne Could Be In Jeopardy Due To Prince Andrew
On Tuesday, the lawyers of Prince Andrew, the second son of the Queen, went on to ask the federal judge to negate the lawsuit by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, in which she has alleged that the Prince, a good friend of the late convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein, raped her when she was just 17 years old.
This has been the latest maneuver taken up by the lawyers of the Prince to defuse the case put forward by Giuffre. Although the judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, did not immediately accede to the request- which definitely leaves the Prince’s legal fate quite unsettled, the hearing did dramatize the shadow that has been cast over the family of the 61-year-old Prince.
In the event that the judge refuses to heed to the motion, and allows the case to go forward, Prince Andrew could definitely be facing some major damaging testimony from Giuffre about his abuse of her at the residences of Epstein in the Caribbean and New York. This, in turn, would plunge the House of Windsor back into a state of scandal that it is trying to get out of- anything that would not mar the Platinum Jubilee to remind the citizens of their queen’s extraordinary longevity, and largely scandal-free record of service.
The 70-minute long hearing did provide quite a glimpse of the issues that Prince Andrew could be facing if the trial gets prolonged. At a single point, the lead lawyer of Andrew, Andrew B. Brettler, went on to argue that Giuffre hadn’t been clear about her allegations, to which Kaplan replied that the victim had claimed that she was raped- and there was nothing too complicated to understand about that.