PRINCE Andrew is about to fire his “shambolic” legal team because he is “extremely worried” about the sexual abuse case against him, it has been claimed.
Virginia Giuffre – a slave trafficked by pedophile Jeffrey Epstein – attempts to prosecute the 61-year-old in New York civil court after alleging she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17.
Andrew has always firmly denied the allegations – but is now “in the midst of a crisis” and dissatisfied with his legal team’s strategy of not publicly responding to the sexual assault allegations since Ms Giuffre’s legal offer, reports the Mirror.
The prince hired criminal defense attorney Gary Bloxsome, a partner at the Blackfords law firm, early last year and after Ms Giuffre announced his intention to prosecute, Andrew reportedly urged his team to issue a statement denying his allegations.
But it is understood that he was canceled and is now considering dropping his legal team following emergency discussions with his team.
A source close to him told the Mirror: âThe plan, if you can call it a plan, has been chaotic from the start.
âNow everything has come to a head. He is extremely worried and the crisis talks are so that he can step back. He knows he’s in the middle of a crisis.
âThe damage to his reputation is there for everyone, but now he feels the pressure from his family, although none of them are directly involved.
“Everything is a disaster.”
It comes after it was revealed that collaborators fear the Duke of York will be dismissed by his lawyers whose “wall of silence” strategy on sexual abuse allegations undermines the monarchy.
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Royal sources say his “evasion policy” regarding the service of legal documents by his accuser gives the impression that he “has something to hide”.
The Duke of York is set to face a trial in the US after the UK High Court agreed to serve papers on him.
This week, Andrew’s lawyer argued the case should be dismissed without merit and called it “unfounded” in a 30-minute pre-trial telephone hearing.
But the Duke has come under fire for trying to evade papers as he is at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
However, an insider claimed he was about to leave his hiding place to see his pregnant daughter, Princess Beatrice, 33, in hospital.
The 61-year-old is said to be “worried” and not as usual after feeling confident the allegation would be dropped.
He would prepare for a legal battle that could last for years and end up costing him millions of pounds.
Meanwhile, Robert’s lawyers accused him of playing “a game of hide-and-seek behind the palace walls” as they filed documents documenting their offer to ensure he received the papers properly so that the matter can move forward.
Insiders have claimed the Duke may change his home address to Balmoral to stay out of the reach of being served with papers in the lawsuit against him.
It comes as Virginia Roberts has released photos that prove the documents from the sexual abuse trial were sent to Prince Andrew’s home address.
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