The Queen will be "extremely concerned" about Prince Andrew's current legal wranglings, a royal expert has claimed.
Virginia Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager, and has said it was “past the time for him to be held to account”.
A civil lawsuit filed on Monday in New York claims Ms Giuffre was trafficked by Andrew’s former friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the duke, when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.
It accuses Prince Andrew of sexual assault and causing "intentional" emotional distress, while also claiming Ms Giuffre "was a sex-trafficking victim".
Prince Andrew, 61, has consistently and vehemently denied Ms Giuffre's claims – including during a 2019 interview which appearead on BBC Newsnight.
But royal expert and Prince Harry: The Inside Story author Duncan Larcombe says the court case is the "stuff of nightmares for the Royal Family" and that there's "no way" the Queen isn't concerned about it, OK! reports.
Mr Larcombe said: “There’s no way the Queen is not extremely concerned that her own son has been accused of this in a civil court in America.
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“It looks like we’re going to be heading towards a very, very personal and serious attack on Prince Andrew’s behaviour in a court of law and that’s the stuff of nightmares for the Royal Family.
“When you add to that the criticisms that Prince Harry has fired across the Atlantic at the royal family as an institution – Meghan as well – the double whammy effect is definitely going to be a huge concern to the Queen," he continued.
“The Queen cares deeply about how the family that she heads is perceived around the world, and barely is there a country where that’s more important outside of the Commonwealth than the United States.”
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Mr Larcombe believes the Queen, photographed yesterday beaming as she arrived at Balmoral for her summer residency, is likely to be upset by the news that this ‘red letter’ day has finally arrived given the Duke of York’s decade-long friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Answering questions about his links to Epstein in a BBC Newsnight interview in 2019, Prince Andrew said the alleged incidents with Virginia Roberts Giuffre "never happened".
In a later statement, Prince Andrew said: "I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein."
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But even if the Queen is upset by the news that her reportedly ‘favourite’ child is involved in this civil lawsuit, Mr Larcombe believes she is unlikely to change her behaviour towards Prince Andrew.
The Queen was deliberately photographed with the accused royal following his 2019 BBC Newsnight interview.
Larcombe said: “Her hand was forced after the BBC interview because of the way that Prince Andrew performed in front of the cameras, but we haven’t seen that followed up with any other sanctions.
“He was very prominent at Prince Philip's funeral, for example, although he wasn't allowed to wear a uniform, he was paraded in front of the cameras to talk about his father. So it's not like the Queen has had him locked in the Tower yet.”
Daily Star has approached representatives of both Prince Andrew and the Queen for comment.
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