Queen humiliation: Prince Andrew has left monarch ‘embarrassed’ says royal expert
Prince Andrew case is 'humiliating' for Queen says Bond
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One of the main topics of discussion on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain was the news Prince Andrew could face a sexual assault trial. Royal expert Jenny Bond stated the Queen will have been left “embarrassed” by her son’s court case.
Prince Andrew could face trial over the allegations made by Virginia Guiffre he sexually assaulted her when she was a minor under US law.
The Duke of York has strenuously denied all allegations made against him.
The royal’s legal team attempted to have the case thrown out on the basis of a 2009 agreement between convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and Ms Guiffre, then Roberts.
The settlement between Ms Giuffre and Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, detailed how the Duke of York’s accuser had received a $500,000 (£370,000) payout in 2009.
The Duke’s lawyers argued the agreement meant the Duke of York could not be tried.
However, on January 12, 2022, a New York judge ruled the court case will go ahead.
Speaking on what could happen next, royal expert Jenny claimed Prince Andrew’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie are “extremely distressed” by the allegations.
She added: “I think for the Queen it is humiliating, embarrassing, a lady of 95.”
“Presumably having to confront her 61-year-old son, her favoured son, ‘Are these sex allegations true?’
“That is just so embarrassing but surely she needs to know the truth because if she is going to stand by him, I am sure she will want to as a mother.
“If she’s going to put a multi-million-pound deal, whether it is settled in or out of court then she needs to know the truth.”
Jenny continued: “It is so sad. Such a shadow over the beginning of this Jubilee year.”
Meanwhile, ITV royal reporter Chris Ship stated Prince Andrew’s immediate family are behind him “but other members of the Royal family very much are not”.
Referencing the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Chris said: “It’s February 6 her father died and she will mark the 70 years on the throne.
“From what I hear his immediate family are behind him but other members of the royal family are not.”
“They want to try and end this in whatever way they can.”
He added: “In terms of the damage for the wider institution of the royal family.
“No, the support he has amongst the wider family is very thin on the ground indeed.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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