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Queen ‘determined’ to protect Royal Family amid Andrew scandal

Ms Giuffre’s legal team sensationally revealed this week that she is suing the duke for “substantial” damages over allegations that she was forced to have sex with the royal while she was still a minor.

The Duke of York has always strenuously denied her allegations and says he has “no recollection” over ever meeting her.

The rumoured figure has been put at up to $50m (£36m) – if she won the case.

It has been speculated whether Andrew could afford such a figure given that little is known about his finances beyond his £20,000-a-year Royal Navy pension.

David McClure, a leading expert on the income of the House of Windsor and author of The Queen’s True Worth, told the i that while the Duke of York’s finances were “as clear as fog” the Queen may have to step in and help her favourite child.

Prince Andrew may be unable to afford the legal fees, an expert on royal finances said (Image: GETTY)

Mr McClure said: “The Duchy of Lancaster has been doing very well and is something of a cash cow for the Queen, and the Royal Family has for a long time shown itself to be adept at keeping hold of its private wealth.

“Should the need arise it would seem reasonable to assume that the Queen would step in to help Andrew.

“Clearly, she has a soft spot for her second son but she also is responsible for the guardianship of a Royal Family that is at risk of reputational damage.

“Were there a need to solve the problem and meet legal bills, there is not a shortage of cash.”

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6:00am update: Jack Brooksbank set for ‘more serious’ role following pictures from Capri

Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank is set for a work promotion.

He reportedly will become the director of his fathers accountancy business, Pangaea Land And Property Limited. 

This is following his father, George Brooksbank’s, retirement in June.

The Princess’ husband is currently brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila and it is not known if he will step down from this role to take on the “more serious” opportunity.

Pangaea Land And Property Limited is co-run by William Legge, 10th Earl of Dartmouth.

5:00am update: Duchess Kate neither ‘snooty Sloane’ nor ‘dastardly commoner’, says former school pal

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was not a ‘snooty Sloane’, according to an Old Marlburian.

The Duchess of Cambridge attended £33,950-per-year Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

Despite the school offering the finer things in life, one former schoolmate of the Duchess has said she was not as snobby as some may expect.

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, who attended the renowned independent school with Kate Middleton, decided to reveal all.

Writing just after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their engagement, the Old Marlburian said:“As someone vaguely associated with the future Queen of England, I am bombarded with questions about her ‘set’.

4:00am update: Royal baby christening! Sweden’s Royal Family celebrate Prince Julian’s big day

Swedish Royals came together to celebrate Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sophia’s third baby, Prince Julian’s, christening on Saturday.

The ceremony for the four-month-old baby took place at ​​Drottningholm Palace’s church, not far from Stockholm. 

The royal couple’s two older children – Prince Alexander, five, and Prince Gabriel, three, also attended the christening.

The entire family gathered at the church, including Carl Philip’s sisters – Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine.

The young prince’s grandparents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, were also among the guests.

3:00am update: Prince Charles plants enormous Union Jack in garden of Scottish home Dumfries House

Prince Charles has planted a Union flag in the garden of his Scottish home, Dumfries House.

New photographs from Prince Charles’ residence in Scotland show the future-king has been planting vegetables in the shape of the Union Jack, The Mail on Sunday has revealed.

Dumfries House’s now-complete vegetable beds mark out the 415-year-old flag.

The green Union Jack clearly outlines both St George’s cross and the Scottish saltire.

Dumfries House, which is located 153 miles south of Balmoral, was saved by the Prince of Wales in 2007 when the Duke of Rothesay renovated the 18th century building.

Prince Charles plants enormous Union Jack in garden of Scottish home Dumfries House

Prince Charles plants enormous Union Jack in garden of Scottish home Dumfries House (Image: Getty)

2:00am update: BBC reportedly set to pay £1.5 million in settlement for Princess Diana interview scandal

The scandal surrounding Princess Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir may have reached a settlement as the BBC is reportedly set to pay £1.5 million to a charity chosen by the Royal Family.

Part of that sum includes the £1.15 million the BBC profited by selling the interview’s global rights. 

The explosive 1995 BBC and Panorama interview with the Princess of Wales was revealed to have been organised under false pretences.

An internal BBC inquiry found that Mr Bashir breached BBC rules by creating false bank statements and false documents to gain the Princess’ trust.

1:00am update: Prince Andrew’s HRH title in hands of ‘parliament’ claims expert ‘have to wait and see’

The future of Prince Andrew’s HRH title could be decided by parliament and not the Queen, claims royal expert Angela Levin.

Speaking to GB News, the royal biographer claimed the ‘His Royal Highness’ title currently bestowed upon Andrew could be stripped by parliament.

Ms Levin suggested the Queen has no “jurisdiction” as to whether Prince Andrew can keep the title and said such a decision is in the hands of parliament.

Her comments come as she speculated on what lies ahead for the Duke of York after Virginia Giuffre, 38, filed a lawsuit against Andrew in a New York court on Monday. She alleges that she was “trafficked to him” by the late pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein and accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell and “sexually abused” aged-17 by Andrew.

Maxwell has denied being Epstein’s accomplace while Prince Andrew categorically denies all of the allegations.

12:00am update: Prince Harry to return to UK with Netflix film crew – with plan to visit Queen

Prince Harry is set to return to the UK… With a film crew in tow.

The 36-year-old is due to spend a weekend in Nottinghamshire at the end of the year, to lead planning for next year’s military veterans’ Invictus games in Holland.

He will then pay a visit to his grandmother, the Queen, before flying back to his home in California. It was not known last night whether he will also make time to see his brother Prince William.

But while he is likely to leave behind his wife, Meghan, 40, and their children, Archie, two, and baby Lilibet, in their £11million Montecito mansion, the Duke of Sussex will not be travelling alone.

11:30pm update: Jack Walters taking over from Oliver Pritchard-Jones 

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Thomas Markle attacked his daughters’ “lies” on GB News (Image: GB News)

10.36pm update: ‘Has to be Queen and mother’ royal expert says hard decisions follow Prince Andrew scandal

The Queen has the tough job of being both “mother and Queen” as she navigates the chaos of Prince Andrew’s latest scandal involving Virginia Giuffre, royal expert Angela Levin has stated.

Speaking to GB News on Saturday, the royal biographer and journalist commented that the Queen is playing a juggling act with her second youngest son Prince Andrew, the Duke of York following the civil case brought forward by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

Ms Levin explained how the issue is “very very difficult” for the Queen to address as both a monarch and a mother especially at the age of 95. Her comments come as Ms Giuffre, 38, filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew in a New York court on Monday.

Andrew strongly denies her claims.

In a sobering moment, she said: “This is one of example where she has to be a Queen and also a mother and I think it is very, very difficult for her.”

10.02pm update: ‘Military wouldn’t want him!’ royal expert slams Prince Andrew army prospects amid scandal

The British military would not want to be “represented” by Prince Andrew, royal expert Angela Levin has claimed.

In a stinging rebuke of the Prince during an appearance on GB News, the royal biographer claimed the British armed forces may never want Prince Andrew “representing” them again before going on to claim “he will have to leave all his military world behind him”.

The ferocious comments from Ms Levin come as a Royal Navy source told the Telegraph it was “time” for Prince Andrew to “step down” from his military roles.

It comes as Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre, 38, filed a lawsuit against Andrew in a New York court on Monday. 

Andrew strongly denies all her claims.

9.32pm update: Heir of the dog! Prince Charles all smiles as he enjoys whisky at Scottish Highland Games

Prince Charles enjoyed a tipple or two of scotch when he attended the Grampian Highland Games earlier today.

The heir to the throne was all smiles as he greeted crowds and spoke to officials at the games.

The Prince of Wales, or the Duke of Rothesay as he’s officially known while north of the border, donned his finest Scottish attire for the event.

This included the family kilt in a green and red tartan, alongside a brown leather sporran.

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Prince Andrew cannot shake the scandal which saw him step back as a front line royal (Image: Getty)

9pm update: Father of Prince Andrew’s sex abuse accuser scolds Duke of York -‘you should be ashamed’

The father of Prince Andrew’s accuser has scolded the Duke of York for not being “ashamed” after his daughter’s “sexual abuse”, a recent interview has suggested.

Virginia Giuffre, who has alleged that Prince Andrew sexually abused her when she was a junior, has decided to file a civil lawsuit against the royal.

Now, an interview in The Sun has suggested that the father of Prince Andrew’s accuser has said he is supporting his daughter in her lawsuit decision. Sky Roberts, the 65-year-old father of Mrs Giuffre, said he supports his daughter “100 percent” in her decision to file a civil lawsuit.

The Duke of York has denied all the allegations and has previously claimed he couldn’t remember ever meeting Mrs Giuffre.

Speaking to The Sun from Florida Mr Roberts said: “I support my daughter 100 percent.

“The royals are not above the law. That’s not the way it works.

“They can’t just do what they want. People fight back.”

8pm update: Charles & William ‘absolutely furious’ at Prince Andrew for bringing family into disrepute

Prince William and Prince Charles are thought to be “furious” at Prince Andrew’s latest public scandal as they fear he has brought the Royal family name further “into disrepute” following a civil law suit brought against him, according to royal expert Angela Levin.

Speaking to GB News on Saturday, the royal biographer and veteran journalist claimed the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge would be beside themsleves following the news that Prince Andrew has a civil court case being brought against him by accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Ms Levin said in her opinion the duo are believe the saga has brought the family “into disrepute” and are “furious” with the Duke of York.

It comes as it was reported by Express.co.uk that the pair feel “very strongly” that there will be no return to public life for Prince Andrew.

Ms Giuffre filed a lawsuit against the Prince in a New York court on Monday August 9 claiming she was “trafficked” to him so he could have sex with her when she was 17. Prince Andrew categorically denies the allegations.

5.07pm update: ‘New Prince Andrew lawsuit should be end of the line for spoilt and entitled royal’

The lawsuit that Prince Andrew is currently facing should be “end of the line for the spoilt and entitled royal”, according to one commentator.

Rachael Bletchly believes that after Virginia Roberts Giuffre lodged a civil lawsuit in New York against the Duke of York, he should be stripped of his military titles and abandon any hopes of returning to the Firm.

Writing in the Mirror, she said: “This must be the end of the line for Andrew.”

The Duke denies all of the allegations Ms Roberts Giuffre has made against him.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle (Image: Getty)

4.30pm update: Meghan receives ‘taste of her own medicine’ as brother ‘cashes in’ on his royal connection

Meghan Markle’s brother is due to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, a move which columnist Sarah Vine said is similar to the Duchess and Prince Harry “cashing in” on the Royal Family.

Meghan Markle’s half-brother is due to appear on Celebrity Big Brother in Australia, a move that a royal expert claimed would be a “taste of her own medicine” for the Duchess.

According to Sarah Vine, Meghan and Prince Harry have been “cashing in” on their own royal connections with high-profile interviews and lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.

When asked if she had any sympathy for Meghan, Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine said: “No, I think she’s about to find out what it feels like to have someone cash in on your family, which is what the Queen has been dealing with for the last 18 months.

“She and Harry have been cashing in on their Royal Family, by cashing in on all sorts of Netflix deals and giving interviews to people and saying dreadful things.

“It’s a taste of her own medicine I reckon.”

3.30pm update: Prince Harry has ‘sense of humour’ about new animated comedy The Prince

Prince Harry reportedly has a “sense of humour” about a controverisal animated comedy of the Royal Family.

HBO’s The Prince premiered recently and has been slammed by many for its portrayal of Prince George and the late Duke of Edinburgh.

It was created by writer and producer Gary Janetti and features Orlando Bloom as Harry.

When Mr Janetti appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, he was asked if Harry discussed the show with Mr Bloom when they met.

He said: “I don’t know if Harry has said anything to Orlando about it, but I know before the show premiered, he was aware that Orlando was doing it and he seemed to have a sense of humor about it.”

3.10pm update: Oliver Pritchard-Jones taking over from James Bickerton

2.25pm update: Doria Ragland’s ‘Queen-like’ manner warmed her to Harry – ‘Underestimate her at your peril’

Doria Ragland’s “Queen-like” manner helped her warm to son-in-law Prince Harry, unearthed accounts claimed, as an insider warned “underestimate Meghan Markle’s mother at your peril”.

Meghan and Harry are currently taking time out from their fledgling career in the US in order to spend more time with their two young children – Archie and Lilibet.

Alongside raising the youngsters, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a series of lucrative contracts with streaming platforms Netflix and Spotify.

As well as this, Harry has taken on other roles with US firms, as he begins to lead the “financially independent” life he craved after leaving the Royal Family last year.

Queen warned Prince Andrew lawsuit puts Royal Family at risk ‘worse scandal ever encountered’

1.10pm update: Charities ditch Prince Andrew despite Palace insisting he’s still patron

Prince Andrew has been left with a handful of patronages after being dropped by far more charities than Buckingham Palace acknowledges.

The Royal Family’s official website lists the Duke of York as patron of 119 organisations ‑ but many appear to have deserted him or, at the very least, removed references to his association with them.

A source close to Andrew admitted: “He really just has a handful of patronages left.”

11.50am update: Prince Andrew silence leaves Royal Family ‘utterly perplexed’ – ‘No clue what’s going on’

Prince Andrew’s refusal to comment on the latest sex abuse allegations from Virginia Giuffre has been branded “a s***show of epic proportions”, by a royal insider.

Ms Giuffre accused the prince of raping and sexually abusing her when she was a teenager on Monday, in a New York court. 

She is suing the Queen’s third oldest child for punitive damages.

10.45am update: Prince Charles ‘wants Andrew to address’ claims after silence – Balmoral crisis looms

Prince Charles is set to urge his brother Andrew, Duke of York, to respond to allegations made by Virginia Giuffre, formally known as Virginia Roberts, after claims the Duke sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

The civil lawsuit launched in the US earlier this week has yet to be responded to by Prince Andrew, which could be among the reasons Charles has followed his brother to Balmoral, Scotland where the Duke of York has been staying with Queen Elizabeth II.

Senior royals including the Prince of Wales, and Princess Eugenie have gathered at the Scottish residence as the upheaval remains ongoing.

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Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family in May 2018 (Image: EXPRESS )

9.14am update: Prince Harry’s respect for Queen to keep Duke from sharing ‘hugely damaging’ details

Prince Harry has a “lot of respect” for his grandmother, the Queen, and would not risk damaging her reputation with his upcoming tell-all memoir, an expert has claimed.

According to a royal expert, Prince Harry is unlikely to reveal intimate royal details in his upcoming memoir that would be “hugely damaging” for the Queen.

While the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with the rest of the Royal Family remains tense, he enjoys a warm relationship with his grandmother and labelled her his “colonel-in-chief” during his tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

8.00am update: Karren Brady wades into Meghan Markle’s ‘woke’ 40th birthday ‘publicity stunt’ video

Karren Brady has defended Meghan Markle after she launched a new charitable initiative in honour of her 40th birthday.

Karren Brady has shared her thoughts on Meghan Markle’s 40×40 project.

It asks 40 individuals to dedicate 40 minutes of their day to helping a woman returning to the work after the pandemic.

The 52-year-old has today waded in on the backlash the Duchess Of Sussex has recieve.

The Apprentice star claimed “we all need a mentor” as she backed the royal’s idea in her latest column.

Karren hit back at those that suggested Meghan’s move was “woke” and “publicity seeking”.

7.33am update: Lady Louise born premature causing ‘quite profound’ eye condition – ‘Took time to correct’

Lady Louise was born prematurely in a complicated birth that resulted in an eye condition.

Lady Louise, 17, who is said to be the Queen’s favourite grandchild, has inspired Sophie Wessex, 56, to embrace vision charities.

She was born on November 8, 2003 a month before she was due when the Countess of Wessex was rushed to hospital.