Meghan Markle could be summoned to testify in Virginia Roberts Giuffre's case against Prince Andrew, according to the plaintiff's lawyer.
- Meghan Markle could be called to testify in Virginia Roberts Giuffre's case against Prince Andrew, according to the accuser's lawyer.
- The Duchess of Sussex is someone who can be counted on "to tell the truth" if she was to be deposed in the American-Australian campaigner's US civil suit.
- In other royal news, Prince Charles makes ‘substantial personal donation’ to heartbreaking cause as he opens up on ‘catastrophic’ situation.
The Duchess of Sussex is considered a reliable source of information and could be called to testify in Virginia Roberts Giuffre's US civil suit for damages against Prince Andrew, according to the plaintiff's lawyer.
The Duke of York, 61, is currently being sued by the American-Australian campaigner, who claims that he sexually abused her when she was 17. Giuffre, now 38, alleges that the second youngest of the Queen's children sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions in London, New York, and the US Virgin Islands.
Court documents also reveal that Giuffre had been a victim of abuse and sex trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein, who was reportedly Prince Andrew's friend, since she was 16. She has said that she was forced to have sex with the Duke by implicit and explicit threats.
Prince Andrew, whose legal team has asked for Giuffre's complaint to be dismissed, has repeatedly denied all allegations.
It has now been revealed by Giuffre's lawyer, David Boies, that Meghan Markle could be called to testify against her uncle-in-law in the complicated case.
“She is somebody we can count on to tell the truth,” the renowned attorney told the Daily Beast.
The Duchess of Sussex, who lives in California with her husband Prince Harry and their two children, is a potential candidate to help Giuffre's case for a number of reasons.
“One; she is in the U.S. so we have jurisdiction over her," Boies says.
"Two; she is somebody who obviously, at least for a period of time, was a close associate of Prince Andrew and hence is in a position to perhaps have seen what he did, and perhaps if not to have seen what he did to have heard people talk about it. Because of her past association with him, she may very well have important knowledge, and will certainly have some knowledge.
“Three; she is somebody who we can count on to tell the truth. She checks all three boxes.”
Meghan isn't the only royal who could be called to testify. Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's ex-wife, is reportedly another priority for Giuffre's legal team—if they can get a hold of her. Unlike Meghan, the former Duchess of York resides in the UK, which means that British courts would have to approve the request to have her deposed.
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