Prince Andrew news: Duke's £7m settlement to sex accuser DIDN'T include taxpayer money but Royal Family cuts him adrift

PRINCE Andrew DID NOT use public money to fund his settlement with rape accuser Virginia Giuffre after it emerged he paid £7m.

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.

But HM Treasury have now 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.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Serving Queen’s Guard goes AWOL

    A TEENAGE Coldstream Guardsman has abandoned his post protecting the Queen to fight Mad Vlad’s invaders in Ukraine.

    The soldier, 19, quit his Windsor barracks, left a note for his parents and booked a one-way ticket to Eastern Europe.

    Defence chiefs are trying to intercept him amid fears Russia could claim Britain has entered the war if he is caught.

    The missing teenager is among four British soldiers feared to have gone AWOL to fight in Ukraine.

    Top Brass fear far more may have gone to fight, including reserves and troops on leave who are not yet reported missing.

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    Kate & William visit Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London 

    Kate Middleton and Prince William visited the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London today to learn about the extraordinary efforts being made to support Ukrainians in the UK and across Europe.

    Meeting with members of the Ukrainian community and volunteers, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge heard about the services offered at the centre, the incredible amount of donations they have received and the challenges they continue to face to get material aid where it’s most needed.

    The royal couple were also invited to help with some of the sorting and packaging of items donated.

    The Duchess gave homemade cakes to the workers, and the couple where also shown around by Ukraine's ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko and his wife Inna Prystaiko.

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  • Milica Cosic

    Monarch will not be seen 'much' during Platinum Jubilee

    A royal expert has claimed that The Queen will not be seen "as much" during the Platinum Jubilee.

    Daily Mail royal editor Rebecca English has told Palace Confidential on Mailplus: "The conversations they're having now around the Queen and the Jubilee are very different to the conversations they were having a year ago.

    "A year ago they expected her to be front and centre at everything, attending every event and that definitely is no longer the case.

    "She will attend what they call, the big keynote events around the Jubilee in the run-up to it and over the four-day bank holiday weekend.

    "But she definitely won't be attending everything."

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Charles' 'joke' nickname for Camilla

    Prince Charles "jokingly called" Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, his 'Girl Friday', according to a royal biographer.

    Vanity Fair contributing editor and historian Sally Bedell Smith spoke to the Royally Obsessed podcast about the Prince of Wales' relationship with his wife. 

    Ms Bedell Smith said: "It was a very simple bracelet, a little gold bracelet, with a blue disk on it.

    "It just said 'GF' and 'GF' meant 'Girl Friday'. That's what he jokingly called her. It just meant that she was sort of his companion, his helper."

    She continued: "It could have meant that she was his Friday girl too. But 'Girl Friday' usually refers to someone who's a sort of Jill of all trades.

    "She could help him out with things, and she was sort of reliable. Camilla would definitely fit that bill."

    The 'GF' on the bracelet however was originally thought to represent 'Gladys and Fred' – the nicknames Charles and Camilla used for each other when they started dating in their 20s.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen's stern warning to Barack Obama

    A royal biographer has claimed that The Queen issued a stern warning to former President Barack Obama after a state dinner.

    Barack Obama visited the UK on his first state visit in May 2011 with first lady Michelle Obama. They were the guests of honour at a state banquet held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

    Royal author Robert Hardman claims that what made the occasion “exceptional” was the rapport Obama had – with “a host who could talk with such authority about so many of his predecessors. “

    In an extract of his new book, 'Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Elizabeth II' ​​published by Macmillan on March 17, Mr Hardman explains how the night unfolded.

    Mr Hardman wrote: “Obama had been enjoying himself so much that the Queen had eventually taken the Chancellor of the Exchequer to one side to ask if he might, very discreetly, let the U.S. President know that it was bedtime.

    “‘I just said: “Yes, Ma’am,’ George Osborne recalls. ‘I could see Obama with a drink in hand, and I was thinking: What do I do? I couldn’t just interrupt and say: ‘Oh, the Queen wants you to go to bed’.

    “Fortunately, he was saved by the Queen’s private secretary, who gently nudged proceedings to a close.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Camilla admits she is struggling to ‘shake off’ Covid symptoms

    The Duchess of Cornwall has admitted that she is struggling to "shake off" coronavirus after contracting the vrus last month. 

    Speaking at an event for International Women's Day at Clarence House Camilla admitted she couldn't "get shot" of the illness.

    She added: "Probably my voice might suddenly go, and I might start coughing and spluttering."

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen will 'keep moving between her other homes'

    During the pandemic the monarch moved to Windsor Castle but royal expert Richard Eden said the Queen will "keep moving between her other homes".

    Mr Eden's comments come after reports said that the Queen will never live at Buckingham Palace again.

    It is understood Her Majesty now prefers to life at her Berkshire residence where she can be closer to Prince Phillips final resting place.

    Royal author Hugo Vickers said: “Windsor is the place she loves.

    "She has her memories with Prince Philip there, she has her ponies there and family nearby. It makes sense.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Treasury insists Prince Andrew’s £7million payout DIDN’T use taxpayer’s cash

    TAXPAYERS' did not pay a penny of Prince Andrew's £7million court pay-out to Virginia Giuffre, the Treasury insists.

    The Government finally allayed fears that ordinary Brits were picking up the bill for the Duke of York's mega legal settlement.

    Prince Charles is understood to be bailing out his younger brother, with the Queen also chipping in.

    For weeks MPs – gagged by ancient rules from mentioning it in Parliament – have demanded to know if any public cash was being used after Buckingham Palace refused to comment.

    Last night the Treasury at last revealed no taxpayer funds whatsoever have been siphoned to the embattled Duke's fees.

    They said: "No public money has been used to pay legal or settlement fees you refer to."

  • Louis Allwood

    Cambridges recent destinations

    The Cambridges have been to a number of countries together, including New Zealand and Australia with Prince George when he was just nine months old.

    William and Kate also travelled to Canada with Prince George and Princess Charlotte during an official trip, while Prince Louis is yet to join on a royal tour.

    When it comes to personal holidays, however, the family often go somewhere closer to home, having been spotted on the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall.

  • Louis Allwood

    Royal Family trick revealed by Prince William

    PRINCE William has revealed a clever trick he does when he is travelling with his three kids.

    The Royal Family member often travels around the world with his wife Kate Middleton, along with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

    They recently announced their next big tour to the Caribbean, with stop offs in Jamaica and the Bahamas later this month to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

    And Prince William has since explained how he tries to get his young kids involved in the trip.

    He reportedly told one fan while on a recent UK visit that before they depart, he shows the children the country they are visiting on the map, so they know where they are going and learn more about the world.

    He said, according to People: "They are always asking us where we are going.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.503.0_en.html#goog_1171243821

    "And we show them where we are on the map."

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate responds to fans who praise her ‘beautiful looks’ in unexpected way

    SHE'S one of the most famous women on the planet – so wherever Kate Middleton goes, the mum-of-three is used to being flocked by fawning royal fans.

    Back in 2017, the Duchess of Cambridge went on a royal tour of Poland with her husband Prince William.

    During a walkabout near Warsaw's Presidential Palace, the Duchess chatted to a group of students – who have a Facebook group devoted to her style.

    Magda Mordaka told the Mirror: "We love her style and her contact with people.

    "We were waiting for this visit from the very beginning. What would she wear? Would she bring the children?"

    When the group had the chance to Kate, Magda said one member of the group told the Duchess she was "beautiful and perfect".

    And let's just say, Kate had a VERY British response to the compliment.

    Magda added: "She said it's not true – it's just the make-up."

  • Louis Allwood

    Camilla blasts Russia

    THE DUCHESS of Cornwall has blasted Russia for launching a "brutal attack" in Ukraine at her International Women's Day reception.

    Camilla spoke of the "heartbreaking conditions" that have been caused due to Russia's invasion.

    The future Queen joined other members of the Royal family in showing solidarity to the Ukrainian people as she invited the wife of the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK to speak at Clarence House.

    The event was part of a reception for International Women's Day, where Camilla spoke about the plight of gender equality and events in Kyiv.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Andrew latest

    PRINCE Andrew seen for the first time since his court bombshell – and has paid up his £7m settlement with Virginia Roberts.

    Court documents show the case has now been officially dismissed by the judge – meaning the Duke of York has handed over the cash.

    It is understood Andrew's brother Charles, 73, is stumping up most of the agreed £7million with the Queen also chipping in — but no public cash is being used.

    The Queen has continued with her run of official duties this week, holding two virtual audiences at Windsor Castle.

    The monarch greeted the High Commissioner of India and the Ambassador of Armenia, who spoke to her via video-link from Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

    Wearing a vibrant orange dress, the 95-year-old head of state chatted to the diplomats as they presented their credentials.

  • Louis Allwood

    Serving Queen’s Guard goes AWOL so he can fight Vladimir Putin’s forces

    A TEENAGE Coldstream Guardsman has abandoned his post protecting the Queen to fight Mad Vlad’s invaders in Ukraine.

    The soldier, 19, quit his Windsor barracks, left a note for his parents and booked a one-way ticket to Eastern Europe.

    Defence chiefs are trying to intercept him amid fears Russia could claim Britain has entered the war if he is caught.

    The missing teenager is among four British soldiers feared to have gone AWOL to fight in Ukraine.

    Top Brass fear far more may have gone to fight, including reserves and troops on leave who are not yet reported missing.

    Until now, it was only former military personnel who had headed for the front line.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry may face Meghan Markle’s rage as he attends Texas rodeo

    PRINCE Harry has faced the wrath of his animal loving wife by attending a Texas rodeo.

    The Duke of Sussex, 37, was pictured in a cowboy hat as he chatted to crowds at the Stockyards Rodeo event in Fort Worth on Saturday.

    He is understood to have been without Meghan Markle, 40, at the event.

    Animal rights groups have slammed rodeos in the past due to their treatment of horses.

    The animals are forced to perform and can often suffer fatal injuries – including heart attacks, broken necks and even aneurysms.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Windsor is the place the Queen loves’

    Following the reports that The Queen has decided to leave Buckingham Palace for good, a royal expert has said that this moves ‘makes sense’.

    Royal author Hugo Vickers told The Sunday Times: “Windsor is the place she loves. She has her memories with Prince Philip there, she has her ponies there and family nearby. It makes sense.”

    Before Prince Philip’s death, the monarch spent a large portion of the coronavirus lockdown at Windsor Castle with him there.

    Sources claim the couple “rediscovered the happiness of their early years together” during this time.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    New misery for the Queen

    THE Queen faces new Prince Andrew sex allegations torment.

    Her son’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre, has been invited to speak at the sentencing of his sex trafficker pal Ghislaine Maxwell.

    The hearing in New York on June 28 threatens to cast a cloud over Platinum Jubilee celebrations that month.

    Last month, Ms Giuffre and Andrew settled out of court on her civil claim that they had sex when she was 17.

    Under the deal’s terms the mum of three, now 38, is said to have agreed to keep quiet until after the jubilee.

    A legal source said: “Maxwell’s sentencing could be the first time we hear from Virginia since the settlement.

    “It will bring the whole affair with Andrew back up again just as he hopes to move on.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Future of Buckingham Palace

    It is thought future king Charles will take up residence in Buckingham Palace, despite being known to prefer living in Clarence House.

    The Prince of Wales is said to be keen that his mother’s home remains as “monarchy HQ” when he takes over.

    He also plans to allow greater access for the public at Buckingham Palace and other properties as he heads a new era for the royals.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince William faced ‘added anguish’ after Harry & Meg’s tell-all interview

    The Sussexes Oprah Winfrey interview shook the royal family but caused ‘added anguish’ to Harry’s brother Prince William.

    According to royal author Robert Hardman, the interview particularly impacted Harry’s older brother William.

    In an extract of his new book, ‘Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Elizabeth II’ Mr Hardman wrote: “For Prince William, there was the added anguish of seeing the younger brother whom he had protected (and who had idolised him) now throwing incendiary and, in some cases, unanswerable charges into the public domain, fully aware of their likely impact.

    “‘William,’ says one friend, ‘was as low as I’d ever seen him.’”

    “Since the Oprah interview, the brothers have only met twice — at Prince Philip’s funeral and at the unveiling of the statue of their mother at Kensington Palace.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen welcomes Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to Windsor 

    THE Queen welcomed the Canadian Prime Minister to Windsor for her first in-person event since she caught Covid.

    Her Majesty held an audience with Justin Trudeau, who was pictured shaking her hand in Windsor Castle, Berks.

    Mr Trudeau is in the UK to discuss the war in Ukraine with Boris Johnson and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

    The monarch, who is also Queen of Canada, was pictured in a patterned dress, standing and smiling warmly at Mr Trudeau as he held her right hand in both of his.

    Mr Trudeau was also seen laughing as the Queen gestured towards herself during the meeting in the Oak Room sitting room.

    The head of state was not pictured with the walking stick she has been using of late.

    As a young child in the 1970s, Mr Trudeau met the Queen several times through his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was one of Canada’s longest-serving prime ministers.

    The Queen went back to work last week after being Covid.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen has returned to in-person duties after Covid bout

    She had previously been forced to pull out of several engagements due to “mild cold-like symptoms”.

    But the hardworking monarch continued with “light duties” such as paperwork while isolating at Windsor Castle.

    Prince Charles last week said she was “a lot better” when he visited Southend, Essex.

    Her diagnosis came after she had been in direct contact with Charles, two days before he tested positive.

    It is believed she spent time with her son when he hosted an investiture at the castle – the first time they had met face-to-face since Christmas.

    Camilla too was later struck down with the virus, though both reported mild symptoms.

    Sources claim coronavirus has swept through staff at Windsor, with “a number of cases” in workers based at the castle.

    It is understood the Queen, who is just weeks away from her 96th birthday, is tested every day by royal doctors.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry may face Meghan Markle’s rage as he attends Texas rodeo

    PRINCE Harry has faced the wrath of his animal loving wife by attending a Texas rodeo.

    The Duke of Sussex, 37, was pictured in a cowboy hat as he chatted to crowds at the Stockyards Rodeo event in Fort Worth on Saturday.

    He is understood to have been without Meghan Markle, 40, at the event.

    Animal rights groups have slammed rodeos in the past due to their treatment of horses.

    The animals are forced to perform and can often suffer fatal injuries – including heart attacks, broken necks and even aneurysms.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen ‘terrified’ over the line of succession being broken

    THE Queen is “terrified” over the line of succession being broken, a source has claimed.

    Her Majesty has reportedly urged Prince William not to fly with his family in helicopters over fears it could damage the line of succession. 

    The monarch is said to be “terrified” disaster could strike, according to a source close to the Queen.

    The source said: “Her Majesty has told close friends and courtiers that she would like William to stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather, as helicopters are not the safest form of transport. It keeps the Queen awake at night and she is understandably very worried.”

    Meanwhile, a source has also claimed Charles will have a “slimmed down coronation” when he takes the throne.

    “The source said: ‘It will be a slimmed-down Monarchy on display throughout. I wouldn’t be surprised to see just Charles and Camilla, Kate and William and their children on the Buckingham Palace balcony afterwards’.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Majority of the Royal Family still not met Lilibet in person

    Meghan was pregnant with daughter Lilibet when she spoke with Oprah, announcing during the chat that she and Harry would be having a baby girl.

    But despite being born in June last year, the majority of the Royal Family is yet to meet the Queen’s namesake, Lilibet Diana, in person.

    While senior royals have reportedly cooed over Lili from across the pond on video calls, Princess Eugenie is likely to have been the first to meet her properly.

    The royal recently visited the Sussexes in the US and was snapped enjoying the Super Bowl with Harry in a private box at LA’s SoFi Stadium.

    It has not yet been confirmed whether Harry and Meghan will bring their children to the UK to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee this year.

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