Prince Charles ‘is about to loan Prince Andrew up to £7m to help fund the multi-million sexual abuse payment to Virginia Roberts’
- Prince Charles reportedly footing part of Prince Andrew trial bill
- The Prince of Wales is said to have lent the Duke of York up to £7million in payment
- The Duke of York last month agreed to pay Virginia Roberts a sum to settle the case
Prince Charles is set to foot part of the bill for Prince Andrew’s sex abuse trial, reports say.
The Prince of Wales has reportedly loaned the Duke of York up to £7million, which will not include public money, after the royal agreed to pay his accuser Virginia Roberts a huge sum to settle the case before it gets to a jury.
Ms Roberts had alleged she was forced to have sex with the Duke three times when she was 17 on the orders of the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In January, she was given the green light to sue Andrew, 61, for unspecified damages in New York civil court.
But despite vowing to fight the allegations and repeatedly protesting his innocence, the prince agreed last month to pay a huge sum, believed to be around £12million, to settle the case.
The Duke of York has ten days to pay the money to Ms Roberts as part of his deal, according to The Sun.
Prince Charles reportedly footing part of Prince Andrew sex abuse trial bill
The Duke of York last month agreed to pay a huge sum, believed to be around £12million, to settle the case
He will repay Prince Charles when he sells his ski chalet in Verbier, Switzerland.
A source told The Sun: ‘There have been family discussions about ‘taking a bit from here and a bit from there’.
“Once it (the chalet money) gets to his bank account, he can pay back his brother and whoever has lent him money.
“But that payment (to Virginia) has to be paid on time.”
Last month it was claimed the Queen would also foot part of the bill for Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse trial, according to the Telegraph.
It came like Prince Andrew has settled the sex abuse lawsuit with Ms Roberts and said he would make a ‘substantial donation’ to his charity supporting victims’ rights.
He also praised his “bravery” and that of other trafficking victims, saying he “never intended” to denigrate his character.
Although the parties have settled the case, the agreement is not an admission of guilt on the Duke’s part and he has always vigorously denied the allegations made against him.
Virginia Roberts has claimed she was 17 when she slept with the Duke on the orders of late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein
Last month it was claimed the Queen would also foot part of Prince Andrew’s trial bill
The Duke said in his statement that he “regrets his association with Epstein” and pledged to demonstrate this “by supporting the fight against the harms of sex trafficking and by supporting its victims”.
An attachment to the letter announcing the settlement to the public and the US District Court gave brief details of the settlement between Andrew and Ms Roberts, but said the sum would not be disclosed.
Although the terms of the deal remain a closely guarded secret, sources have said the settlement itself could cost Andrew up to £7.5 million ($10 million) – with several million pounds legal fees taking the potential cost of the case to the prince. around the £10 million mark.
Barrister David Boies, who represents Ms Roberts, said lawyers for both sides were telling the judge that a tentative settlement had been reached and that they would seek the dismissal of the lawsuit within a month.
The settlement means the civil case will not go to a jury trial and Andrew will no longer be questioned under oath by Ms Roberts’ lawyers.