Fears are growing that King Charles’ coronation could be overshadowed by Prince Andrew’s sex abuse accuser following reports that Virginia Giuffre‘s memoir could be released just weeks before the historic ceremony.
Multiple reports claim that Ms Giuffre, who has accused the Duke of York of sexually abusing her when she was a minor under US law, has signed a book deal worth millions.
She and Andrew, who has consistently denied the allegations, are said to have agreed to a gag clause which will expire in March, a year after they settled her civil rape claim against him.
Publishing insiders have said that Ms Giuffre’s memoir could be released just weeks before Charles’ coronation, telling The Mirror: ‘There will be no bigger occasion for her book than the crowning of the king.’
It comes as The Daily Mail reveals that Andrew told friends that his reputation could soon be restored.
King Charles’ coronation may be overshadowed by the release of memoir detailing Virginia Giuffre’s alleged meetings with Prince Andrew. The Duke of York and Ms Giuffre are pictured together in an undated handout photo issued by the US Department of Justice
Plans have been drawn up to ‘maxmise’ the book release with a publishing insider alleging: ‘There will be no bigger occasion for her book than the crowning of the king.’ Virginia Giuffre and lawyer David Boies are pictured in August 2019 at Federal Court in New York
‘All eyes will be on the royal family in the weeks leading up to Charles’s coronation,’ the insider alleged, noting that ‘book releases are all about timing.’
Ms Giuffre’s publisher wants to capitalise on the fact that a global audience will be talking about the May 6 coronation and what royal festivities Andrew will be invited to partake in.
The insider added that Ms Giuffre’s memoir, which is said to have been 12 years in the making, may not be able to directly repeat her allegations about the prince but will still ‘pour further embarrassment on Andrew, the royals and the biggest day of his own brother’s life.’
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 as much as £10million in preparation to launch a legal challenge to his settlement with Ms Giuffre. The settlement is reported to be a considerable sum of money, with some estimates around £12million.
Prince Andrew, pictured driving his Range Rover in the grounds of Windsor Castle, reportedly recently claimed to friends that a ‘mystery development’ will restore his disgraced reputation within the coming months
The Duke of York is consulting with lawyers in an attempt to get Virginia Giuffre, formally known as Virginia Roberts. to retract her allegations against him
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Andrew has been assuring friends there is about to be a development which will restore his tainted reputation.
The Duke of York is regularly voted the least popular member of the Royal Family and was stripped of his public duties following the revelations over his relationship with paedophile Epstein, yet his self-belief remains undiminished.
If not quite back up to the heroic status he enjoyed as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War, then at least to what it was before he was photographed in New York’s Central Park talking to Epstein, shortly after the latter’s release from prison in 2009 after serving a puzzlingly short sentence for sex offences.
It is when out shooting that the Duke of York tends to talk most freely. ‘He says that details are about to be made public which will change people’s perceptions of him,’ Richard Eden was told. ‘He says that it will happen next month.’
Although Andrew, 62, does not elaborate further, the Mail on Sunday reported at the weekend that he is to launch a dramatic bid to overturn the multi-million-pound settlement he struck with the woman who accused him of sexual assault.
It is understood Andrew has consulted lawyers in an attempt to get Virginia Giuffre, formally known as Virginia Roberts. to retract her allegations and possibly secure an apology.
He was inspired to act after Ms Giuffre dropped her lawsuit against another man she accused of sexual assault, admitting that she ‘may have made a mistake’ in identifying him.
But Ms Giuffre has always maintained her case against the duke was valid.
Andrew’s relationship with Epstein was raised once again in a bombshell interview with Ghislaine Maxwell on TalkTV.
Speaking from prison, Maxwell said Prince Andrew was a ‘dear friend’ and said the accusations against him were unfounded.
In her first TV interview since she was jailed for child sex trafficking, the British socialite also claimed the infamous photo of her, Andrew and Ms Giuffre was a ‘fake’.
Andrew is expected to claim that he never met Ms Giuffre and to argue that the photo is fake in his future legal action.
However, several high-profile forensic experts who have examined the photo, in which Andrew has his arm around a young Ms Giuffre, have said they believe it to be real.
Ms Giuffre alleges she was groomed by pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his associate Maxwell, and forced to have sex with him on several occasions.
Prince Andrew denied ever meeting Ms Giuffre in a disastrous Newsnight interview in 2019. He famously claimed 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 out riding at Windsor Castle
The son of the late Queen Elizabeth has suffered a series of humiliations since his car crash Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis in November 2019, as institutions have severed ties with him.
The most shattering blow, Mr Eden was told, was the abrupt curtailment of his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, reported by the Daily Mail just before Christmas.
He had already withdrawn from duties with the Grenadiers but had done so in the belief that he would, in time, return to them.
‘He says that Her Majesty [Queen Elizabeth] gave him her word that stepping down was only a temporary measure. He says that he wasn’t told in advance that he was about to be booted out, nor, obviously, that Camilla would be replacing him. He says that he just heard about it ”in the media”.’
Perhaps, then, it is time for Andrew to deliver a media surprise of his own?