Fears are growing that King Charles’ coronation could be overshadowed by Prince Andrew’s sex abuse accuser after reports that Virginia Giuffre’s memoir could be released just weeks before the historic ceremony.
Multiple reports claim Ms Giuffre, who accused the Duke of York of sexually abusing her when she was a minor under US law, has signed a multi-million dollar book deal.
She and Andrew, who has consistently denied the allegations, are said to have agreed to a gag clause that expires in March, a year after they settled their civil rape lawsuit against him.
Publishing insiders said Ms Giuffre’s memoir could be published just weeks before Charles’ coronation, telling The Mirror: “There will be no greater occasion for her book than the king’s coronation.”
It comes as The Chron reveals Andrew has told friends his reputation may soon be restored.
King Charles’ coronation may be overshadowed by the release of memoirs detailing Virginia Giuffre’s alleged meetings with Prince Andrew. The Duke of York and Ms. Giuffre are pictured together in an undated handout photo released by the US Department of Justice
Plans have been drawn up to “maximize” the book’s release, with a publisher’s insider claiming, “There will be no greater occasion for your book than the coronation of the king.” Virginia Giuffre and attorney David Boies are in federal court in New York in August 2019 York pictured
“All eyes will be on the royal family in the weeks leading up to Charles’ coronation,” the insider claimed, noting that “when it comes to book releases, it’s all about timing.”
Ms Giuffre’s publisher wants to capitalize on the fact that a global audience will be speaking about the coronation on May 6th and what royal celebrations Andrew will be invited to.
The insider added that Ms Giuffre’s memoir, which it says took 12 years to write, may not be able to directly reiterate her allegations about the prince, but it will embarrass Andrew, the royals and the biggest day of his own even further brothers.’
Ms. Giuffre’s book deal is said to be worth “millions,” multiple sources told the New York Post.
It also comes amid reports that Andrew has amassed a war chest worth up to £10million in preparation to launch a legal challenge to his settlement with Ms Giuffre. The settlement is reported to be a significant sum of money, with some estimates at around £12million.
Prince Andrew, pictured driving his Range Rover in the grounds of Windsor Castle, is said to have recently told friends that a “mysterious development” will restore his disgraced reputation in the coming months
The Duke of York consults with lawyers to get Virginia Giuffre, officially known as Virginia Roberts. withdraw their allegations against him
It has since emerged that Andrew has assured friends that there will soon be a development that will restore his tainted reputation.
Regularly voted the most disliked member of the royal family, the Duke of York was stripped of his public duties following revelations about his relationship with pedophile Epstein, but his confidence remains undiminished.
If not quite the heroic status he enjoyed as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War, at least what he was before he was photographed talking to Epstein in New York’s Central Park shortly after his release from prison in 2009 a bewilderingly short sentence for sex crimes.
When shooting, the Duke of York speaks most freely. “He says details will be released that will change people’s perceptions of him,” Richard Eden was told. “He says it will happen next month.”
Although Andrew, 62, did not elaborate further, the Mail on Sunday reported over the weekend that he would make a dramatic offer to overturn the multi-million dollar settlement he made with the woman who accused him of sexual assault.
It is understood that Andrew consulted lawyers to get Virginia Giuffre, officially known as Virginia Roberts. withdraw their allegations and possibly secure an apology.
He was inspired to act after Ms Giuffre dropped her lawsuit against another man whom she accused of sexual assault and admitted she “may have made a mistake” in identifying it.
But Ms Giuffre has always maintained her case against the Duke was valid.
Andrew’s relationship with Epstein was revisited in a bombshell interview with Ghislaine Maxwell on TalkTV.
Maxwell said from prison Prince Andrew was a “dear friend” and said the allegations against him were unfounded.
In her first TV interview since being jailed for child trafficking, the British socialite also claimed the infamous photo of her, Andrew and wife Giuffre was a “fake”.
Andrew is expected to claim he never met Ms Giuffre and argue that the photo was fake in his future legal action.
However, several top forensic experts who have examined the photo, which shows Andrew with his arm around a young Ms. Giuffre, have said they believe it is genuine.
Ms Giuffre claims she was groomed by pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his associate Maxwell and was forced to have sex with him on a number of occasions.
Prince Andrew denied ever meeting Ms Giuffre in a disastrous Newsnight interview in 2019. He famously claimed that he was at a Pizza Express in Woking at the time of one of the incidents mentioned by his accuser.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York is seen riding at Windsor Castle
The late Queen Elizabeth’s son has endured a series of humiliations since his car crash Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis in November 2019 as institutions cut ties with him.
The most devastating blow, Mr Eden was told, was the abrupt cessation of his role as Colonel in the Grenadier Guards, which the Chron reported just before Christmas.
He had already retired from his service with the Grenadiers, but confident that he would return to them in time.
‘He says, Your Majesty [Queen Elizabeth] gave him her word that the resignation was only a temporary measure. He says he was not told in advance that he would be kicked out, nor that Camilla would replace him. He says he just heard about it “in the media.”
So maybe it’s time for Andrew to throw a media surprise himself?