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Prince Andrew now faces the prospect of giving evidence in a trial after a New York judge refused to throw out a civil case over allegations he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre when she was 17 years old..
The Queen's second eldest son will have to defend the civil trial as a private citizen after her Majesty agreed to have his military and royal partridges stripped.
Andrew faces being deposed, which could see him asked intimate questions under oath about his sex life, marriage and body.
This could mean that even his private parts could be up for discussion and interrogation, The Mirror reports.
The bombshell increases speculation on who else Ms Giuffre's legal team could depose – and Andrew's ex wide, his daughters and even Meghan Markle has been discussed.
Spencer Kuvin told the Mirror: “Andrew’s disastrous BBC Newsnight interview will haunt him.
“He mentioned his wife as well as his daughters. They can now all legally be deposed. The lawyers could even try for the Queen. I don’t doubt they will, but as a sovereign, it will be almost impossible to do.”
Unless Andrew finds further grounds to dismiss the lawsuit, he could be facing trial between September and December this year.
Ms Giuffre’s civil case will now head to the “discovery” phase, where both sets of lawyers will present information about the witnesses and evidence they would present at trial.
This includes depositions, out-of-court statements given under oath in the form of written transcripts, videotapes, or both. Mr Kuvin said Andrew’s deposition will include the most personal of questions.
He added: “It is without question the Duke will be asked about his private parts.
“Nothing is off limits because if an underage girl can describe what the Duke of York’s private parts look like… how would that be if they had not had a relationship?”
He stressed Andrew will be quizzed “under oath, under penalty of perjury of US law”. The prince’s deposition will also include questions about his friendship with sex offenders Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
He would not need to step foot in the US for the deposition or even for the case itself if it went to trial, according to legal experts in the States.
His team could offer to settle out of court, but a source close to the Duke told the Mirror it is “not an option being considered at the moment”.
Andrew is determined to fight “to clear his name”, the insider added.
Ms Giuffre, 38, is suing Andrew for unspecified damages, which Mr Kuvin said could “easily” be in excess of £14million if she is successful.
She claims she was trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with the royal in 2001 when she was 17, a minor under US law. She claims she was flown to London to sleep with the Duke and forced to have sex with him at Epstein’s home in New York and in the US Virgin Islands.
Andrew, 61, “absolutely and categorically” denies her allegations. He has said he does not recall even meeting his accuser, and has questioned her claims including that they danced together at Tramp nightclub in Central London in 2001.
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