Prince Andrew drives to be with the Queen day after he’s sued in NYC

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Prince Andrew drives to be with the Queen day after he's sued in NYC

Prince Andrew was photographed arriving to be with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II — a day after a bombshell lawsuit accused him of sexual assault and rape of a teenager.

The 61-year-old royal — already disgraced over his ties to late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein — was seen behind the wheel of a Range Rover taking ex-wife Sarah Ferguson to the queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral, late Tuesday.

They left their shared home in Windsor just after Andrew was sued in New York federal court Monday by longtime accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

The royal family often spends “special time” together each August at the estate to “come together, take stock, relax and recharge their batteries,” one source told The Sun.

“But the first thing [the Queen] is having to deal with is her 61-year-old son turning up on her doorstep with his ex-wife, hours after learning he is being sued for allegedly abusing a 17-year-old girl,” the source said.

Prince Andrew arrives at Balmoral to spend time with his mother the Queen after a bombshell lawsuit accused him of "rape in the first degree."
Prince Andrew arrives at Balmoral to spend time with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, after a bombshell lawsuit accused him of “rape in the first degree.”
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“The Queen could do without this after the year she has had,” the source said of the 95-year-old monarch whose husband, Prince Philip, died in April.

Andrew has long faced accusations from Giuffre, now 38, who alleges Epstein and his accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell made her have sex with the royal three times, starting in London when she was 17.

But the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court Monday threatens to finally ruin what’s left of his reputation — especially given that it directly accuses him of sexually assaulting her while knowing she was “a child.”

“Prince Andrew’s actions constitute sexual offenses” including first- and third-degree rape, the lawsuit alleges, citing New York penal code where rape includes with someone “by forcible compulsion.”

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
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Giuffre claims she suffered “substantial damages” from “extreme emotional distress, humiliation, fear, psychological trauma, loss of dignity and self-esteem, and invasion of her privacy.”

Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including during a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Neither he, his legal team nor Buckingham Palace have responded to the lawsuit.

However, Giuffre’s attorney, David Boies, told UK media that people only ignore such court actions at their “peril.”

“He can ignore me and he can ignore Virginia, which is what he’s been doing for the last five years. … But he can’t ignore judicial process,’’ Boies told Channel 4 television.

“If he does, it will be a default judgment against him that will be, in effect, enforced not only in the United States, but in virtually every civilized country in the world,” he said in a separate interview with the BBC.

Andrew’s ex-wife Fergie made clear she had her ex-husband’s back, telling the Financial Times last week that she “100 percent” believes her ex’s version of events.

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2001.
Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001.
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“No question. I know everything about him. I think he is an extraordinary person,” she told the UK paper. “It’s just, I know who he is,” she said.

Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on serious sex charges.

Maxwell is in custody in Brooklyn awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting underage girls for Epstein. She has pleaded not guilty.

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