‘World attention’ Prince Andrew faces nervous week ahead as Maxwell trial to begin

Commentator Richard Fitzwilliams notes that, when the former high society socialite appears in the dock to plead her innocence, it will command “world attention”. The 59-year-old is accused of trafficking young girls for her friend and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein during the 1990s and 2000s.

Ms Maxwell denies all the charges.

While Prince Andrew will likely not be mentioned in the trial, his previous links with Epstein will be put under an increased spotlight due to the high profile nature of the event.

And regardless of the court case’s outcome, Mr Fitzwilliams believes that it will not reflect well on her former friend who he feels doesn’t have “any future as a senior working royal”.

The royal author said: “Discussing Prince Andrew, present, past and future for a Danish TV2 documentary airing next week.

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The Duke of York vehemently denies all the allegations and insists he has “no recollection” of ever meeting the now 38-year-old.

This hasn’t prevented her from launching a civil lawsuit against the Queen’s second eldest son through a New York court.

She claims the father-of-two had sex with her knowing how old she was and “that she was a sex-trafficking victim”.

Ms Giuffre said the incident caused her “significant emotional and psychological distress and harm”.

“In this country no person, whether president or prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law’s protection,” the documents read.

“Twenty years ago Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account.”

In response, Andrew’s legal team have argued that Ms Giuffre is looking for a “payday”.

His US lawyer Andrew Brettler said in court documents: “Giuffre has initiated this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to achieve another payday at his expense and at the expense of those closest to him.”

Last month, US district judge Lewis Kaplan said he anticipates a trial date of “somewhere in the September to December period of next year”.

Express.co.uk has contacted Andrew’s representative for comment.

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