The Queen ‘at a loss’ with Prince Andrew over Virginia Giuffre allegations

The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family have been forced to take drastic action over Australian-American's allegations of sex abuse against the Duke of York

The Queen ‘at a loss’ with Prince Andrew over Virginia Giuffre allegations
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The Queen is 'at a loss' over Prince Andrew's sex abuse scandal, a royal insider has revealed. 

Senior members of the Royal Family—including the Queen—are 'at a loss' over how to handle Prince Andrew's sex abuse case, according to a royal expert. 

The Duke of York has been accused by Virginia Giuffre, one of the most prominent survivors of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring, of committing "sexual assault and battery" against her when she was a minor. Prince Andrew, who has vehemently denied the allegations, now faces the possibility of a US civil trial in autumn 2022. 

Virginia Roberts holds a photo of herself at age 16, when she says Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein began abusing her sexually.

Virginia Giuffre has alleged that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her when she was a minor 

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The disturbing case has reportedly caused internal conflict within the Royal Family, sending Her Majesty, Prince Charles, and Prince William into damage control as they grapple to save the monarchy's crumbling reputation. 

Last Thursday, it was confirmed that the Queen had stripped Prince Andrew of his military honors and royal patronages, and would be defending his case as a private citizen. It's understood that the Duke, who was informed of this decision in a 90-minute meeting with his mother at Windsor Castle, has accepted the news. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends a commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral marking the 100th anniversary since the start of the Battle of the Somme. July 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. Services are being held across Britain and the world to remember those who died in the Battle of the Somme which began 100 years ago on July 1st 1916. Armies of British and French soldiers fought against the German Empire leading to over one million lives being lost. (Photo by Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Andrew has been stripped of his military honors and royal patronages in light of Virginia Giuffre's allegations of sexual assault against him 

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The withdrawal of these privileges came shortly after more than 150 veterans asked the monarch in an open letter to remove the 61-year-old's military titles. 

It has now been revealed that Virginia Giuffre, who has said she is "determined to hold Prince Andrew accountable" for sexually assaulting her three times, is a major "concern" to the Queen.  

In last night's ITV documentary, Ghislaine, Prince Andrew, and the Paedophile, royal expert Russell Myers explained how the Australian-American's claims have impacted the Queen and her relatives.

"Virginia Giuffre is of huge concern to The Queen and the rest of the royal family. Certainly, senior royals have been absolutely at a loss about this situation," he told the Mirror. 

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The Queen is reportedly 'at a loss' over Prince Andrew's sex abuse case 

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Russell also believes that the Duke of York's decision to wait to address the scandal has proven to be an "absolutely catastrophic decision." 

"Prince Andrew has not got a hold on. He's had more than two years to face up to these allegations, and his lawyers and first and foremost thought that they didn't need to explain themselves. They didn't need to really give this any further oxygen." 

With the Queen's Platinum Jubilee fast approaching, it's understood that the Royal Family is desperate to clean up its image ahead of the celebrations. Her Majesty, whose husband Prince Philip died aged 99 in April, will become the first-ever monarch to mark 70 years on the throne on 6 February. The milestone will be recognized with a series of exciting public events—including a fun-filled extended bank holiday weekend in June. 

It's also been speculated that Kensington Palace has been particularly intent on keeping Prince William, who will one day be King, "as far away from it [the scandal] as possible." According to close sources, the Duke of Cambridge holds "frustration" over his uncle's behavior and fears that his attitude "could lead anyone in the public to think that senior members of the royal family aren’t grateful for their position." 

Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.