The Duke of York has been accused of sexual assault by an American woman named Virginia Giuffre. Now aged 38, she alleges the assault took place when she was 17.
Prince Andrew has always denied the allegations against him, including in his infamous Newsnight interview.
As a result of the legal battle, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday that The Duke has returned his royal patronages and honorary military appointments to The Queen.
The statement also added that Prince Andrew will defend his case ‘as a private citizen’.
But when is the court case due to happen?
When will Prince Andrew’s court case take place?
It’s expected that the civil case will go trial later this year, possibly in autumn 2022.
For dealing with the case, Prince Andrew’s current options are: appeal the decision not to throw out the case, ignore it completely (and risk a default judgement), try to reach a financial settlement out of court – or follow the trial process.
Media lawyer Mark Stephens told the BBC: ‘Andrew has got no good options now. He can’t make things better.
‘Essentially, I think he’s either going to have to engage in the trial process or he’s going to have to settle and that may well be his least worst option.’
At this stage, US Judge Lewis Kaplan has set a timetable for the gathering and exchange of evidence – which is necessary for a court case to go ahead later in 2022.
Both sides would have to declare who they will call as witnesses by the middle of May.
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