Prince Andrew is a person who has run out of highway.

He has two stark choices – drag his household by means of the mud or pay up.

The time for denials, evasion and waffling has ended. After Decide Kaplan dismissed the Duke’s try to have Virginia Giuffre’s civil case alleging she was pressured to have intercourse with him when a minor thrown out, Randy Andy should make a life-changing resolution.

Does he conform to his earlier pig-headed stereotype and hope this messy enterprise will all go away? Proceed to say he has ‘no recollection’ of ever assembly Miss Giuffre, though the world has seen the {photograph} of his arm encircling her waist? Stick with a weird no-sweating alibi as proof he didn’t go to a nightclub the night time in query, though he’s not introduced any medical proof?

Solely a very dumb conceited particular person would do such a factor.

Sadly, Prince Andrew matches that description.

Ms Giuffre has been given permission to go forward and sue for battery and emotional misery. She alleges convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein pressured her to have intercourse along with his buddies, together with the Duke, and seeks substantial damages for misery and battery. Now, each side will put together their arguments, setting out their proof and who they suggest to name as knowledgeable witnesses, by the tip of July. A trial date is about for September.

JANET STREET-PORTER: Prince Andrew is a man who has run out of road. He has two stark options - drag his family through the mud or pay up

JANET STREET-PORTER: Prince Andrew is a person who has run out of highway. He has two stark choices – drag his household by means of the mud or pay up

To additional her case, Miss Giuffre might name Prince Charles, the Duke’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, and girls who’re recognized to have had a sexual relationship with the Prince. Andrew may handle to evade going to New York in particular person however he must undergo questioning from her authorized group about his shut friendship with the convicted intercourse offenders Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein, who dedicated suicide in his jail cell in August 2019. Particulars of his sexual preferences would type a part of her case.

The prospect of the splendidly eccentric (I’m being sort) Sarah Ferguson testifying in Andrews’ defence might be much more entertaining than the latest episodes of Succession. Fergie is a stunning lady however completely naïve. Who can overlook she gave the world these ‘toe sucking’ headlines following her divorce from Andrew? Since then, she’s tottered from one monetary disaster to the following, flogging weight-reduction plan, showing in actuality TV exhibits and writing youngsters’s books. Andrew persuaded Jeffrey Epstein to assist with a £15,000 to repay a former assistant in order that her different money owed if £5million might be restructured. Sarah has since apologised for taking the cash, saying ‘my judgement was clouded’.

Resistant to criticism, Fergie is defending her ex-husband to anybody who will hear. The couple are shut friends, though divorced, and share a Royal Lodge at Windsor rented from the Crown Property. When the Queen refused to pay Andrew’s authorized payments, he was pressured to flog the one residence he owned – an £18million Swiss chalet. Thoughts you, he needed to pay the previous proprietor the £6million he had owed for therefore lengthy she was threatening authorized motion.

Airmiles Andy and Goofy Fergie are characters beloved of comedians and dramatists, and each appear blissfully unaware of how they seem to the surface (non-Royal) world.

JANET STREET-PORTER: After Judge Kaplan dismissed the Duke¿s attempt to have Virginia Giuffre¿s civil case alleging she was forced to have sex with him when a minor thrown out, Randy Andy must make a life-changing decision

JANET STREET-PORTER: After Decide Kaplan dismissed the Duke’s try to have Virginia Giuffre’s civil case alleging she was pressured to have intercourse with him when a minor thrown out, Randy Andy should make a life-changing resolution

Having met them each on a number of events and sat subsequent to Andrew at dinner I can verify their utter lack of social abilities.

Sarah is charming and candy, however Andrew worryingly dumb.

The Virginia Giuffre swimsuit is a real-life cleaning soap opera, however at its coronary heart are extraordinarily critical allegations of sexual abuse and coercion, the story of a younger woman who says she was groomed to present older wealthy males pleasure while legally a baby.

No matter actually occurred between Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew might be determined in courtroom, however the injury to his standing is devastating. Consultants in coping with reputational injury say his gamble to dangerous mouth Giuffre has backfired, and now his inventory stands at all-time low.

If Andrew decides to contest the case, he might hurt the Monarchy and it might definitely shine a lightweight on features of his private life and friendship selections no member of the Royal household would willingly disclose. What’s left of his privateness would vanish.

It’s effectively documented that Prince Andrew shouldn’t be the neatest device within the field, that his mind cells barely outnumber the medals and honorary awards he’s been given for a life notable for its lack of significant achievements. Following his retirement from the Royal Navy in 2001 Andrew managed to rise to the rank of Honorary Vice Admiral, regardless of spending most of his time on a golf course or on a jet to someplace scorching and much away from the UK.

JANET STREET-PORTER: Matters can only get worse for the Duke. Now he must decide whether to cough up and bow out. Forever

JANET STREET-PORTER: Issues can solely worsen for the Duke. Now he should determine whether or not to cough up and bow out. Perpetually

Any notion of using out the storm vanished after his disastrous BBC interview with Emily Maitliss in 2019, when he steadfastly claimed that on the night time of the {photograph} with Miss Giuffre, (when she says they visited a nightclub and had intercourse, though he knew she was 17) he was at residence along with his household following a go to to a Pizza Categorical in Woking.

Giuffre’s authorized group say they’ll produce a witness who says she noticed the Prince at Tramp that night time.

Issues can solely worsen for the Duke.

Now he should determine whether or not to cough up and bow out. Perpetually.

Provided that the Palace has simply introduced a sequence of nationwide occasions, years within the planning to have fun his mom’s history-making 70-year reign, my cash could be on possibility two.

On the sixth of February, the Queen might be 96. Her official birthday is in June, however each member of her rapid household will wish to want her effectively and help her after the lonely months following her husband’s demise in April final 12 months.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations are designed to whip the nation right into a love-fest and reignite our love of pageantry and historical past. Throughout a financial institution vacation weekend in June, there might be a birthday parade with 1400 troops, adopted by an RAF flypast. Beacons might be lit up and down the land. There’s would be the normal Thanksgiving Service, adopted by a day on the Derby and a dwell rock live performance from the Mall. On Sunday road events are deliberate, and- to high all of it, a contest is being held to decide on the very best Platinum pudding to sum up the whole lot that’s Nice about Britain and Her Majesty.

Now, the place does somebody who selected two convicted little one intercourse offenders as his shut buddies – and who took them to his mom’s properties and paraded them at race conferences and social occasions – match on this fabulous extravaganza?

Would you wish to see Prince Andrew at your pudding making competitors, or meting out the pies at your native road celebration?

I assumed not.

The very best factor Andrew might do now’s negotiate a settlement with out admitting legal responsibility, quietly resign from all his Ceremonial roles, pack up his golf golf equipment and discover a resort in a pleasant far-flung little bit of the British Commonwealth – or one among his favorite Russian satellite tv for pc states – the place he can handle bookings for the placing greens and drive his new 300,000 Bentley up and down the principle road.

Time to bow out, sir.