Queen ‘in the dark’ defends Andrew against gender claims despite paying fees

The Duke of York has ‘little coming’ on how he will deal with the allegations – although the Queen has paid his legal fees (Image: Getty/AP)

High-ranking royals are said to have been left ‘in the dark’ on Prince AndrewHis legal strategy to confront the gender claims against him.

The Duke of York is said to have had ‘little or no discussion’ with Prince William, Prince Charles or The Queen defied her to pay his legal fees, according to the Daily Mirror.

Andrew was accused by Virginia Giuffre of sexually assaulting her three times in 2001, when she was 17 years old.

He has staunchly denied the allegations, especially in a now-famous BBC Newsnight interview when he said he was actually dining at Pizza Express in Woking.

Ms Giuffre, now 38, claims she was trafficked by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who later died in a US prison.

Sources say Mirror that the Duke of York had ‘less said’ about how he would fight Ms Giuffre’s allegations.

They added that there had been a ‘serious conflict of character’ between Andrew’s UK lawyer Gary Bloxsome and his newly hired ‘Hollywood celebrity lawyer Andrew Brettler’, with dues being prepared. internal war.

Prince Andrew announced he was at a Pizza Express in Woking on the night of an alleged incident, in a now-famous Newsnight interview (Image: BBC)

His legal team is expected to submit a final submission on Monday, before the judge makes a ruling on whether a trial should be held.

A source told the Mirror: ‘Everyone from the top has been left in the dark.

‘The fact that there is little or no discussion with senior members of the family is just mind-boggling.’

Andrew with Virginia Roberts (now Giuffre), then 17, and Ghislaine Maxwell in London (Image: Shutterstock)

It comes as the trial of Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell continues in New York.

The duke, 61, has always categorically denied any wrongdoing and denies the allegations against him.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by Metro.co.uk on Sunday.

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