The harm Prince Andrew does to the crown

1/6/2022 11:39:00 AM

Hereditary monarchy rests on consent. A sexual-assault case undermines that

Monarchists can try to argue that the crown is insulated from Virginia Giuffre’s case against Prince Andrew. But the mere existence of the allegations is a threat to the hereditary principle

Hereditary monarchy rests on consent. A sexual-assault case undermines that

WhatsApp PRINCE ANDREW does not deny that it is him in the photograph.Queen ’s son sexually assaulted her when she was 17 years old after she was trafficked by his former friend Epstein—who she also claims assaulted her when she was 16 years old.Layer 1 Add this article to your list of favourites Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre, claims that the Queen’s son sexually assaulted her when she was 17 years old after she was trafficked by his former friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.Tuesday January 04 2022, 11.

But is it really his hand clasped around the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Roberts? He cannot be sure.In fact, he told the BBC in 2019, he had no memory of the picture being taken.In the hearing, made by video teleconference, Prince Andrew’s legal team are expected to argue that the $500,000 settlement agreement made in 2009 by Epstein to Giuffre makes the case against the prince baseless and that it should be thrown out of court.It showed him in travelling clothes, he mused, but when in London he would wear a suit and tie, and he certainly didn’t go around hugging people.The 2009 settlement revealed by court papers shows that Giuffre received $500,000 in her lawsuit against Epstein , whom she also accused of sexual assault when she was 16 years old.He had never been upstairs in the house of Ghislaine Maxwell, his socialite friend, where the snap was taken.In the settlement, it states that after Giuffre - referenced by her maiden name Roberts - received the sum, she agrees to: ‘remise, release, acquit, satisfy and forever discharge the said second parties and any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant…for all, and all manner of, action and actions of Virginia Roberts including state or federal, case and causes of action.And had it really been Jeffrey Epstein behind the camera? The prince hadn’t ever seen his friend take a picture.Virginia Giuffre, who is seeking unspecified damages, with a photo of herself aged 16 EMILY MICHOT/MIAMI HERALD/TNS/GETTY IMAGES Judge Lewis A Kaplan, who is presiding over the civil case, is due to hold a video teleconference a day after a 12-page document was made public revealing the terms of a $500,000 payout from the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to Giuffre in 2009.

That photograph haunts the queen’s second son.He argued it ‘releases Prince Andrew and other from any purported liability arising from the claims Ms Giuffre asserted against Prince Andrew here.“As a third-party beneficiary of the release agreement, Prince Andrew is entitled to enforce the general release contained therein.Mr Epstein would later be convicted of procuring a minor for prostitution, and in 2019, after being charged with further sex offences, he hanged himself with a prison bedsheet.On December 29th Ms Maxwell, visible in the picture behind Ms Roberts, was convicted by a Manhattan court of sex-trafficking offences.The judge Lewis Kaplan has not yet decided whether to dismiss Giuffre’s lawsuit.As for the prince, Ms Roberts (who now goes by her married name, Giuffre) is suing him for “exemplary and punitive” damages.He unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.In a civil case in New York, she has alleged that after the snap was taken, she was forced to have sex with the prince against her will.‘It is very possible that the settlement agreement between Virginia Roberts and Jeffrey Epstein protects Prince Andrew,’ she said.

She claims that he abused her at Epstein’s homes in New York and the US Virgin Islands, while knowing that she was a victim of sex-trafficking.He vehemently denies the allegations and says he has no recollection of meeting her.’ However, she also acknowledged that the judge could say Prince Andrew isn’t covered by the settlement, as he wasn’t a defendant in the specific allegations it relates to.It is unfortunate, but undeniable, that sensationalism and innuendo have prevailed over the truth,” the filing stated.At a hearing on January 4th his lawyers sought to have the case struck out on the basis of a settlement Ms Giuffre signed with Epstein in 2009; the judge said he would give his decision “pretty soon”, which has been widely interpreted as meaning within days.However the case plays out from here, monarchists can try to argue that the crown is insulated from it.Prince Andrew’s legal team have previously tried to have the trial stopped by claiming in papers on October 30 that: ‘Accusing a member of the world’s best known royal family of serious misconduct has helped Giuffre create a media frenzy online and in the traditional press.Although for his first 22 years Prince Andrew was second in line to the throne—just one nasty polo accident away from heir-apparent—his elder brother Charles’s children and grandchildren have pushed Andrew back to ninth in the line of succession.However, earlier this month it announced the decision not to continue an investigation into the Duke of York, saying: “As a matter of procedure, MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action.

The monarchy is popular, too: a survey in 2021 by YouGov, a polling firm, found that voters prefer it to a republic by 61% to 24%.’ The Metropolitan Police decided not to continue their investigation into Prince Andrew, which a friend of the Duke told the BBC was ‘no surprise’ as ‘the claims are not sufficient to warrant any further investigation.Prince Andrew’s difficulties have not dented the queen’s sky-high approval ratings.The royal family has weathered centuries of sexual misdeeds by dissolute princes.Ahead of the trial, Giuffre’s lawyers have requested evidence that Prince Andrew cannot sweat after he famously said he couldn’t perspire in a.They added: “Despite pressure from the media and claims of new evidence, the Met have concluded that the claims are not sufficient to warrant any further investigation.There is no republican caucus in Parliament.Europe’s defunct monarchies fell as a result of war and calamity: during peacetime they have survived through inertia.READ MORE:.

Yet the allegations pose a threat to the monarchy, all the same.In a lawsuit first filed in August in Manhattan’s federal court, Giuffre claims that after she was coerced into Andrew’s former friend and convicted sex offender ’s sex-trafficking operation, and that Epstein forced her on several occasions to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 and he was around 40.In June Britain is due to celebrate the 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee, marking 70 years since her accession.It may be the final grand spectacle of her reign.When it comes, the coronation of King Charles will be a renewal of the public’s consent to the hereditary monarchy that forms the apex of the British constitution.Once upon a time, that consent rested on principle.

The inheritance of titles, land and property through primogeniture was believed in as a good in itself.That belief was bolstered by widespread religious faith: a British monarch is sworn to defend the Protestant church.As late as 1956, a third of Britons thought the queen had been chosen by God.But as her reign wore on, principle was no longer enough.Britain’s monarchy became what Vernon Bogdanor, a constitutional historian, calls “utilitarian”, with legitimacy resting on the good it does.

It became necessary for royals to be hardworking and do-gooding.It embraced the rhetoric of meritocracy: never mind how the queen got her job, what mattered was that she performed it as well as any elected head of state.Intimacy succeeded reverence: nowadays, commoners love the royal family in part because they think they know it.Ms Giuffre’s allegations have thrown all this into doubt.Britain’s main anti-monarchist movement, Republic, plans to step up its campaigning during the jubilee.

It hopes the succession will open up debate on the constitution.The queen is the royal family’s “heat shield”, says its leader, Graham Smith.“When she is gone they’re going to be very vulnerable.” A utilitarian monarchy is undermined by a prince who has been forced by scandal to abandon his duties, and now passes the time horse-riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle.A meritocratic monarchy is undermined by a prince unsuited to diplomacy, whose alibis have been widely ridiculed and who, even after Epstein’s death, declared he had no regrets about their “very useful” friendship.

It is a reminder that heredity is a lottery, sometimes throwing up stars like Queen Elizabeth II, and sometimes duds.As for intimacy, the royal family’s affairs and divorces in the 1990s bound the monarchy closer to ordinary people, with their own messy marriages.The allegations made about Prince Andrew are hardly relatable.The bare fact of Ms Giuffre’s case, whether it succeeds or fails, leaves the royal family with no good options for dealing with Prince Andrew.There is talk of sending him into internal exile: asking him not to use his titles and stripping him of his military ranks.

That would leave him in the line of succession.But the alternative—him renouncing his claim to the throne—would probably be even more damaging.It is fundamental to a hereditary order that succession is automatic and beyond debate.Start tinkering with the line because one son is better qualified, more popular or more moral, and the logic falls apart.As Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a Whig politician in the 19th century, once put it: “What suicide is to a man, abdication is to a king.

” That is why Edward VIII’s abdication in 1936 was so traumatic, and why Prince Harry, despite having “stepped back” from royal duties for a more glamorous life in Hollywood, remains sixth in line.The monarchy cannot tolerate Prince Andrew on the inside, but it cannot eject him either.The best it can do is close its eyes, and pretend he was never there..

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