Prince Andrew is set to be "banished" from the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a royal expert has claimed.
The Duke of York will come under intense scrutiny this week as the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandal continues to play out in US courts.
Ghislaine Maxwell, a long-time friend of Andrew's was convicted in New York for sex-trafficking charges last week.
Details of a past settlement between Epstein and his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre are due to be made public today.
Royal expert Russell Myers noted that there will be “nervousness” in the Palace that Andrew’s trial could overshadow the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Her Majesty is celebrating 70 years on the throne this year with a four-day weekend in June featuring street parties, a huge concert at Buckingham Palace and a Jubilee Pageant.
Jubilee years usually feature royal tours and public events, with the whole family getting involved ‒ but this year, one person will be conspicuously absent.
Mr Myers told the Pod Save The Queen Podcast that Andrew will not be “anywhere near” the public celebrations and will be “banished” from any outings.
He said: “Gosh, we are going to still have an awful lot of treacle to wade through, because not only is it the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there’s obviously a lot of nervousness within Palace walls how this could potentially overshadow the celebration.
“Certainly, I don’t think Andrew will be anywhere near the public celebrations, banished from the balcony, banished from any public outing.”
Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.
Ms Giuffre is suing Andrew for sexual assault dating back several decades in a civil lawsuit in the US.
Andrew's lawyers have claimed that Ms Giuffre previously accepted a settlement with Epstein in which one of the conditions was she could not pursue a case against any of Epstein’s associates.
The sealed settlement Ms Giuffre made with the late financier in 2009 is set to be released following an order by US judges.
Tomorrow Judge Lewis Kaplan will sit to decide whether to take Andrew's case to trial.
It is widely believed he will decide to take this to trial, as the judge previously said he wants to see one happen later in 2022.
Andrew has consistently denied the claims and said she does not even recall meeting Ms Giuffre.
The Duke’s lawyer Andrew Brettler described her case as “baseless”, adding that it was “ambiguous at best and unintelligible at worst”.
However, Judge Kaplan rejected arguments from Mr Brettler on jurisdiction grounds, after he argued the lawsuit should be dismissed because Ms Giuffre, a US citizen, no longer lives in the US.
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This week, Andrew’s long-time friend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of recruiting and grooming teenage girls for sexual encounters with Epstein.
She was found guilty of five out of six charges in her trial, including sex trafficking a minor.
Ms Giuffre was not one of the four victims in Maxwell’s trial, but her name was mentioned almost 250 times in court and photos of her as a teenager were shown to the jury.
However, neither Maxwell nor Ms Giuffre gave evidence in the trial, and Andrew’s name did not come up
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