A royal mess: Prince Andrew faces a US trial

The Duke of York’s attempts to get a civil case over allegations of sexual assault thrown out have failed. Ed Helmore in New York examines the case against the prince and his narrowing options to salvage his reputation

Prince Andrew is facing a high-profile trial in New York after a judge refused to throw out a civil case over allegations he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre when she was 17 years old.

His legal team had argued that Giuffre had waived her right to sue him under a previous settlement she made with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But the judge ruled the agreement did not unambiguously cover Prince Andrew. He denies all the accusations made against him by Giuffre and has said he has no recollection of ever meeting her.

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