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Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

PRINCE Andrew has received a new beating as lawyers for his indictment have revealed two witnesses to be questioned as part of the case.

The Duke’s legal team is preparing to team up with lawyers for his prosecutor Virginia Roberts, who claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17.

The infamous image of Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell

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The infamous image of Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine MaxwellCredit: AFP
Virginia Roberts claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew

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Virginia Roberts claims she was forced to have sex with Prince AndrewCredit: AFP

Andrew denies the allegations.

Now, two witnesses have been revealed who will be called to either testify or be interviewed as Virginia’s team tries to prove the allegations against Andrew.

The first is Shukri Walker, who claims to have seen Prince Andrew at the Tramp Nightclub in London with a young girl around the time Mrs. Giuffre claims that Andrew abused her.

The second witness is Robert Olney, who is Prince Andrew’s former rider and assistant.

It is believed that he may have information about Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein – as his name appears in a public version of Epstein’s ‘Black Book’.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Epstein staff Juan Patricio Alessi, Larry Visoski, Johanna Sjoberg and Steve Scully and even Meghan Markle had previously been suggested as potential witnesses.

And that’s yet another hammer blow to the Duke, who has already seen his military titles and royal patronage taken away from him.

Virginia is seeking an unknown amount of compensation after allegedly being traded to Andrew by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

However, the sum could reportedly easily be over £ 14 million if she wins.

The duke was a longtime friend of the paedo couple Epstein and Maxwell – but refuses to know anything about their sick behavior.

And the disgraced royal is likely to face questions about allegations he has made about the case – such as in his car accident interview on BBC Newsnight in 2019.

It could include being asked whether he can sweat or not, or claiming he was actually on a Pizza Express the night he allegedly first abused Virgina.

Andrew is likely to face being sworn in where he could also get answers to questions about his marriage, his genitals and his sex life.

His prosecutors’ lawyers have promised “nothing is off limits”.

Virginia claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times – once in London, once in New York and once on Epstein’s private island, Little St. James.

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The Duke is facing a lawsuit over the allegations for the first time since Virginia was released in 2011.

He vehemently denies all charges – and claims he has no recollection of ever having met the teenager.

But despite his denials, Andrew has apparently been thrown out of the royal family and left to fight his battles alone as a “private citizen”.

Andrew has often been described as the queen’s “favorite son”.

His brother Prince Charles and nephew Prince William – Britain’s next two kings – are said to have been the ones who gave him the final push.

It came after an hour-long summit with themselves and the queen, where Charles is said to have made the final decision to “protect” their mother.

Andrew’s case is finally coming to court after a judge overturned his last attempt to stop using a backroom $ 500,000 settlement agreement between Epstein and Virginia.

Virginia claims she was traded by Epstein and Maxwell for being abused by Andrew after meeting him at a London nightclub in 2001.

It is alleged that she was taken back to Ghislaine’s townhouse, where she was forced to have sex with the king, who was 41 years old at the time.

Andrew has repeatedly denied all charges against him, which include rape in the first place, and his lawyer has claimed that his charges have a “tendency to change her story”.

They have also previously warned that she could create “false memories” with her claims.

Virginia claims she was lured by the Duke of York’s friend Maxwell and lured into Paedo Epstein’s sick sexual pyramid scheme.

Prince Andrew has often been described as the queen's 'favorite son'

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Prince Andrew has often been described as the queen’s ‘favorite son’Credit: Getty – Contributor

Her legal team claims she was a “scared, vulnerable child with no one to protect her” when she was allegedly abused by Andrew, saying “no person, neither president nor prince, is above the law”.

Andrew is named as the sole defendant in the case, brought under the New York State’s Child Victims Act, but Epstein and Maxwell are often mentioned throughout.

Virginia claims she feared for her life when she was allegedly forced to have sex with Andrew, who is accused of being aware of her age and status as a “victim of sex trafficking”.

Legal documents allege that Giuffre was “lent for sexual purposes” by the convicted sex offender Epstein, even while she was still a minor under U.S. law.

Doctors add that the alleged abuse “has caused, and continues to cause, significant emotional and psychological suffering and harm to her”.

“Prince Andrew’s actions, described above, constitute extreme and scandalous conduct that shocks the conscience,” the lawsuit states, describing the emotional distress suffered by Mrs Giuffre.

“Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse of a child whom he knew was a victim of sex trafficking and when he was about 40 years old goes beyond all possible limits of decency and is intolerable in a civilized society,” it added.

In a notorious Newsnight interview with BBC Emily Maitlis in November 2019, Andrew denied allegations that he slept with Mrs Giuffre, saying he had “no recollection” of ever having met her.

He also said he does not remember the familiar photograph of him with his arm around Virginia’s waist in Maxwell’s house, and he has questioned whether the image had been processed.

The downfall from the interview received the royal criticism for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein’s victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with a scorned financier.

Andrew has previously promised to help with any investigation of his former friend, but there has been a protracted war of words between his team and U.S. prosecutors over how much help he has offered them.

Epstein hanged himself in his prison cell in 2019 while awaiting trial for sex smuggling.

And meanwhile, Maxwell risks spending the rest of her life in jail after she was convicted of her role in the scheme.

Nigel Cawthorne, author of Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace, says taxpayers will ask where the money comes from if a financial settlement is reached with Virginia Giuffre

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