A joint order was filed on Tuesday to dismiss the case against Andrew brought by Virginia Giuffre in New York.
08 March 2022
The civil sexual assault case brought against the Duke of York in the US has been officially dismissed after he paid a financial settlement to his accuser Virginia Giuffre.
“Stipulation of Dismissal” court documents were filed on Tuesday calling for the legal action to be ended.
The joint order filed with the US District Court Southern District of New York added that each party would pay their own costs and fees.
Judge Lewis Kaplan signed the order shortly before 10pm UK time, bringing the long-running civil case to a close.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Treasury confirmed no taxpayer funds were used for Andrew’s multimillion-pound payment or for his legal fees.
A Freedom of Information request asked whether any money from the Sovereign Grant to the royal family or any other government funded money was used for either the out-of-court payment to Ms Giuffre or for Andrew’s legal costs.
The Treasury’s response said: “No public money has been used to pay legal or settlement fees you refer to.”
Andrew has faced calls to confirm how he funded the substantial out-of-court settlement – which is reported to be as much as £12 million – and whether the Queen or even the Prince of Wales contributed to the sum.
The Queen receives £21.7 million a year from the Duchy of Lancaster and is believed to use an unknown amount of this private income to fund Andrew’s royal duties and part of his private life.
This private Duchy income is separate from the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant.
The Queen receives the Sovereign Grant to fund her official duties as head of state and to maintain the occupied Royal Palaces.
No member of the royal family receives a private income from the grant or any other public funds.
Buckingham Palace has yet to comment. Clarence House declined to comment as to whether Charles had helped his brother with the payment.
Ms Giuffre was suing Andrew for sexual abuse, saying the duke had sex with her when she was 17 and had been trafficked by his friend, the late billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew, who has stepped down from royal duties and public life, claimed he has never met Ms Giuffre, but went on to avert a looming trial by agreeing a settlement last month.
The Queen had already taken steps to distance the royal family from Andrew and protect the monarchy brand.
She stripped him of his honorary military roles in January, with the duke also giving up using his HRH – a style he was born with.
The legal document from Ms Giuffre and the duke’s legal team read: “Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(ii), and the parties’ settlement agreement dated February 12 2022, Plaintiff Virginia L. Giuffre and Defendant Prince Andrew, Duke of York hereby stipulate to the dismissal of this action, with prejudice.
“Each party to bear her/his own costs and fees.”
Andrew is reportedly in the process of selling his Swiss ski chalet, with the property expected to generate many millions in funds.
The duke was forced to step down from public duties in 2019 amid the scandal surrounding his association with Epstein.
Andrew’s disastrous Newsnight interview sealed his fate when he was accused of lacking empathy for Epstein’s victims and of failing to show regret over his friendship with the disgraced financier.
Ms Giuffre started legal action against the duke in August, saying it was “past the time for him to be held to account” for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.
She alleges she was sexually abused while aged under 18 by Andrew at Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in London, at Epstein’s New York mansion and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.