Queen to face ‘major disappointment’ for Platinum Jubilee as Prince Andrew sex assault lawsuit intensifies

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations are likely to be impacted by the Duke of York's ongoing sex abuse case

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer are likely to be overshadowed by Prince Andrew's ongoing sexual abuse case, a royal expert has claimed. 

The Queen will face 'major disappointment' this summer at her Platinum Jubilee as Prince Andrew's sexual assault case intensifies, according to a royal expert. 

Her Majesty will make history on 6 February as she becomes the first-ever British monarch to mark 70 years on the throne, but it's unlikely the milestone will be a purely joyous occasion. 

The celebrations, most of which will take place over a four-day long bank holiday weekend in June, are expected to be overshadowed by the grave allegations made against her second youngest child, the Duke of York. 

Prince Andrew has been accused by Virginia Giuffre of sexually assaulting her when she was a minor in 2001—an allegation the 61-year-old vehemently denies. The Duke's lawyers failed to persuade a New York district judge to dismiss the case earlier this week, which means he now faces a civil trial in the US. 

Prince Andrew, Duke of York on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015

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Giuffre has also claimed in court documents that Prince Andrew's former friend, the late Jeffrey Epstein, subject her to sex trafficking and abuse. 

The Royal Family has continued its promotion of the Queen's highly-anticipated bash despite the scandal, but there's no denying it'll affect the celebrations. With the trial expected to take place in autumn 2022, Her Majesty will likely be preoccupied with the case during the Jubilee. 

"There can be little doubt that the Giuffre-Andrew trial will cast a horrid shadow over his mother's 70th jubilee celebrations this year," royal expert Nigel Cawthorne said. 

The author of Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell, and the Palace also predicted that the stress will probably remind the Queen of 1992, which has notoriously gone down in history as Her Majesty's worst year. The 95-year-old monarch suffered a string of misfortunes over the cursed twelve months, including the Windsor Castle fire and the marital breakdowns of Charles, Anne, and Andrew. 

"It is bound to come as a major disappointment to the Queen and bring back memories of the annus horribilis, her 40th anniversary," he added. 

Prince Andrew is currently under pressure to settle with Giuffre out-of-court, but the accuser's lawyer has suggested she's unlikely to do so. 

"I think it’s very important to Virginia Giuffre that this matter be resolved in a way that vindicates her and vindicates the other victims," David Boies told BBC's Newsnight. "I don't think she has a firm view as to exactly what a solution should be. But I think what's going to be important is that this resolution vindicates her and vindicates the claim she has made."

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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