Princess Beatrice will not be summoned as a star witness in Prince Andrew’s civil sex case – although she was given as an alibi by her father, who claimed they were at a party at a Pizza Express in Woking at the time he was accused of the rape .
However, Virginia Giuffre, the Duke of York’s prosecutor in his civil sex case, will seek testimony from his former assistant and a woman who claims to have seen the king at the Tramp nightclub.
Ms Giuffre is asking the UK courts for help in gathering testimony after her case against Andrew took a big step forward this week when a judge rejected a motion by the Duke’s lawyers to have the case dismissed, ruling that he should stand trial can be asked.
Now Ms Giuffre’s lawyers have solicited testimony from Andrew’s former stablemaster Robert Olney and a woman named Shukri Walker.
Documents filed by Ms Giuffre’s legal team say Mr Olney’s name appears in Jeffrey Epstein’s phone book under “Duke of York”.
They say this means Mr Olney likely has relevant information about Andrew’s travels to and from Epstein’s properties during the relevant time period.
Virginia Giuffre (pictured) is asking the UK courts for help in gathering testimony after her case against Andrew took a big step forward this week when a judge denied a motion by the Duke’s lawyers to dismiss the case, ruling that he can be brought to justice
Beatrice was spotted in London this week, two and a half hours before Buckingham Palace issued the statement revealing Andrew had been stripped of his military titles
The documents state that Ms Walker stated publicly in the press that she witnessed Andrew’s presence at Tramp during the relevant period with a young woman who may have been Ms Giuffre.
The documents state: “Ms Walker has therefore herself stated that she is a potential witness and would therefore be relevant to this dispute because the plaintiff alleges that the defendant abused her in London, having visited Tramp together while Defendant denies being at Tramp that night, questioned or ever met plaintiff.’
The next phase of the sexual assault case brought by Miss Roberts is for both sides to officially question witnesses, which is conducted outside of a courtroom but with a court clerk sitting down.
The hearings, known as affidavits, allow attorneys to ask any question, however personal.
David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, nicknamed the “grand inquisitor” for his ability to question witnesses under oath, has previously suggested questioning Sarah Ferguson and her daughters, Princesses Beatrice (pictured) and Eugenie
David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, nicknamed the “grand inquisitor” for his ability to question witnesses under oath, had previously suggested questioning Sarah Ferguson and her daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Andrew gave Beatrice as his alibi – he said they were at Pizza Express in Woking – for the date in 2001 when he allegedly forced Miss Roberts to have sex.
Each side in the case is expected to name about a dozen witnesses for questioning this weekend. Both lists could include current or former royal employees, footmen and secretaries if the lawyers feel they might have testimony helpful to their client.
The fallout from Andrew’s civil sex case continued on Saturday as he was asked to pay for his own safety and lose his duchy.
Criticism of Andrew mounts after the Queen stripped him of his remaining patronage and honorary military roles as the monarchy distanced itself from potentially harmful developments in his lawsuit from the duke.
The Prince of Wales didn’t respond when asked about the sex scandal that engulfed his brother during a visit to north-east Scotland to meet people who had been helping with the cleanup after Storm Arwen.
Criticism of Andrew (pictured) is mounting after the Queen stripped him of his remaining patronage and honorary military roles as the monarchy distanced itself from potentially damaging developments in his lawsuit from the duke
The documents state that Ms Walker stated publicly in the press that she witnessed Andrew’s presence at Tramp during the relevant period with a young woman who may have been Ms Giuffre. Pictured Mrs Giuffre with Prince Andrew
The fallout from Andrew’s civil sex case continued on Friday as he was ordered to pay for his own safety and lose his duchy. Pictured with his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in 2016
Charles was involved in the royal family’s talks with the Queen and Duke of Cambridge which resulted in Andrew losing his military roles and patronage and dropping his HRH style.
But when he arrived at Haddo House and Country Park, the heir to the throne made no comment, as a Sky channel said: “Royal Highness, may I ask your opinion on your brother’s position, Prince Andrew? How do you see it?’
Ms. Virginia, who publicly responded to this week’s court ruling that allowed her to take her civil sex case against Andrew to court, tweeted that she had an opportunity to “uncover the truth,” adding, “My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law and must be held accountable.’
She is suing the Duke in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her as a teenager and alleges that she was trafficked by Andrew’s boyfriend, convicted sex offender Epstein, to have sex with the Duke when she was 17 years old and under US law was underage.
The Duke has vehemently denied the allegations.
Ms Giuffre alleges that Andrew had sex with her against her will at Maxwell’s London home and at Epstein’s mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The Duke also allegedly molested Ms. Giuffre on another occasion during a visit to Epstein’s private island of Little St. James and on another occasion at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.
A spokesman for Andrew declined to comment on the newly released legal documents.
A source close to the Duke said: “This is a marathon, not a sprint, and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”