Prince Andrew leaving royals in the dark as he plans US court defence

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Prince Andrew has continued to leave senior Royals "in the dark" as he plans his defence strategy on sex claims, insiders say.

The Duke of York is understood to have had "little or no discussion" with the Queen, Prince William or Prince Charles – despite having the hefty legal fees paid by Her Majesty.

Sources claim that Andrew has been "less than forthcoming" on how he will battle the damning allegations from Virginia Giuffre, the Mirror reports.

The 61-year-old Duke has been accused of sexually assaulting Ms Giuffre on three separate occasions during the time she was allegedly trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein.

This comes as Ghislaine Maxwell, an alleged fixer for Epstein, continues her trial in New York.

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Virginia Giuffre, 38, is suing for damages on a separate occasion in the US.

Andrew has always fiercely denied any wrongdoing.

In a 2019 BBC interview, he said: "I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened."

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Andrew’s team must deliver final submissions tomorrow. A judge will then rule whether a trial is held.

One source said: "Everyone from the very top has been left in the dark. The fact there has been little or no discussion with senior members of the family is just mind-boggling."

Buckingham Palace had no comment. A spokesperson for Andrew did not comment.

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