The impact of the horrific sex abuse claims surrounding Prince Andrew on the Queen is said to be ‘increasingly concerning’ for Prince Charles and Prince William.
The latest step in the issue involving a lady who has accused him of “rape in the first degree” in the United States “may take years to resolve,” the Duke of York has quietly told his family.
According to royal sources, the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, as well as other senior royals, have grown “exasperated” with the long-running drama.
The future Kings are expected to ask Andrew, 61, to “take prompt action” to solve the monarchy’s looming problems.
Virginia Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her as a teenager, alleging that she was trafficked to have sex with Andrew when she was 17 by the late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
She filed a legal claim in New York last week, demanding unspecified damages that might total millions of pounds.
She says that Andrew’s refusal to cooperate with authorities probing Epstein’s sex crimes and reports that his lover Ghislaine Maxwell procured children prompted her to file the lawsuit.
The Duke had allegedly ‘stonewalled’ many attempts by Giuffre’s lawyers to initiate negotiations on a possible settlement, according to his lawyers.
The charges are categorically denied by the Duke of York.
Charles, 71, and William, 39, are said to be concerned about the nature of the unfolding scandal, which threatens to engulf the monarchy at a time when the Queen has been forced to live in isolation for the majority of the last 17 months while also grieving the death of her beloved husband of 73 years, Philip, in April.
“First and foremost, Charles and William are together; Andrew will never return to public life,” a royal source stated.
“The lawsuit filed this week has just added to the problem.
“However, they, as well as members, are understandably anxious about the impact all of this turbulence may have on the Queen.”