A royal mess: Prince Andrew faces a US trial

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Prince Andrew is facing a high-profile trial in New York after a judge refused to throw out a civil case over allegations he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre when she was 17 years old.

His legal team had argued that Giuffre had waived her right to sue him under a previous settlement she made with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But the judge ruled the agreement did not unambiguously cover Prince Andrew. He denies all the accusations made against him by Giuffre and has said he has no recollection of ever meeting her.

The judge’s ruling leaves the prince with few good options, says the Guardian’s Edward Helmore in New York. He tells Nosheen Iqbal that Andrew now must decide whether to attempt to settle the case out of court or proceed down a path to a trial later this year. The latter option would mean a deposition under oath – possibly giving oral evidence – during which he will be questioned on highly personal matters.

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