Prince Andrew will be pulled from all next year’s Platinum Jubilee events after a US court scheduled his bombshell sex abuse case to clash with the celebrations, according to reports. 

The Duke of York, who has stepped down from royal duties amid Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre’s astonishing lawsuit, will reportedly not even appear with the sovereign and other royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony for an RAF flypast.

An insider told The Sun that the plan is for Andrew, 61, to be ‘invisible’ during the four-day national royal party to mark what will be his mother the Queen’s 70th year on the throne between Thursday, June 2 and Sunday, June 5 next year.

Judge Lewis Kaplan has ruled, with the agreement of both parties, that disclosure, which includes Andrew testifying under oath, should be completed by July 14 – just five weeks after the jubilee.

New York documents also state that a pretrial order will be completed by July 28th next year. Lawyers will disclose Andrew’s response on Friday to the sex allegations, ahead of a New York pre-trial review next week. 

Ms Giuffre (formerly Virginia Roberts) is suing Epstein for sexual assault, including rape, in the first degree in 2001, when she was 17 years old in London, New York, and other places, including Epstein’s private Caribbean island Little St James. The senior royal categorically denied that he had any sexual contact with or relationship with Ms Giuffre.  

Organisers are also reportedly  trying to establish what to do with Harry and Meghan during the Platinum Jubilee events, which will Street parties, a live televised gig, and the lighting of beacons throughout the UK are just a few examples.

Prince Andrew

The Queen

Prince Andrew, left, will be pulled from all next year’s Platinum Jubilee events to mark what will be his mother the Queen’s 70th year on the throne after a US court scheduled his bombshell sex abuse case to clash with the celebrations, according to reports (right, Her Majesty on October 14, 2021)

Queen Elizabeth II with her son Prince Andrew on the Buckingham Palace balcony in June 2019

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, on the Buckingham Palace balcony, June 2019,

The Palace declined to comment and a spokesperson for The Sun did not respond to questions.

Nigel Cawthorne (royal expert and author of Prince Andrew, Maxwell And The Palace), told the newspaper that it was very sensible because otherwise all attention would be on Andrew.

The duke pictured with Virginia Roberts in London

Virginia Roberts and the duke in London 

“It is embarrassing situation for Queen especially as she is stumping for his defense. He must keep his head down. 

Richard Fitzwilliams, Royal Commentator, stated previously that there will be a cloud’ over the festivities because of Andrew’s “atrociously ill advised friendship with Epstein”. 

MailOnline was told by he: “The news that Virginia Roberts Giuffre has filed a court case against Prince Andrew is terrible news for the Palace.

It means that speculation that is certain of being sensational will likely be headline news in the months ahead. 

“It is unclear if disclosure of the 2009 settlement between Virginia Roberts (deceased paedophile Epstein) and Virginia Roberts, which his lawyers have recently had access to, will be of any benefit to his case.

“If Prince Andrew were to answer questions from her lawyers, he could choose to remain silent or claim that he doesn’t have any evidence.

The court document reveals that Judge Kaplan intends draw a line under any New York proceedings amendments by December 15.

All disclosures concerning expert witnesses should be made no later than June 13th. The disclosure process will then take place one month later. One US legal expert described scheduling as ‘brisk.

Fitzwilliams said that Andrew strongly denied the charges. He also stated that he believes, undoubtedly, that if Andrew can discredit his accuser whose statements have appeared contradictory this would be a way to help him save his reputation.

He said, “Obviously, if he attempted to settle it would be considered an admission of guilt. 

Virginia Roberts

Jeffrey Epstein

Andrew has always denied Virginia Giuffre’s claim that Andrew was trafficked to have sex three times with Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17.

The Queen at a reception for the Global Investment Conference at Windsor Castle last Tuesday

The Queen at a reception at Windsor Castle for the Global Investment Conference last Tuesday

“At this point, it is unclear exactly what will happen in these coming months. However, the publicity associated with it will undoubtedly prove to be deeply damaging for the royal family.

‘The Queen, who is apparently funding his legal bills will be celebrating an unique anniversary in this country’s history, but there’ll be a cloud caused his atrociously ill advised friendship with Epstein. 

Virginia Giuffre is pictured after a hearing in the Jeffrey Epstein case in New York in 2019

Virginia Giuffre is pictured following a hearing in New York’s Jeffrey Epstein case.

“However, a very serious obstacle to any rehabilitation is his support in the court of public opinion, which, according to polls is almost non-existent.”

“There is no indication that he has cooperated in any way with the FBI, who are trying to trace Epstein’s accomplices, as he said.”

Andrew, a close friend and convicted paedophile Epstein was always denial of Virginia Giuffre’s claims she was trafficked to have sex three times with him when she was 17.

Although the prince’s legal team was shocked by his sudden civil claim against him in May, they now plan on using it to prove his innocence.

They have until Friday to respond to her lawsuit. Next week, a hearing will be held at a Manhattan court. Epstein was taken into custody and committed suicide.

Mr Fitzwilliams added: ‘His interview (Andrew’s), with Emily Maitlis, is one of most damaging public relations disasters royal history has ever seen.

He feels there is no way to go for him, which may explain why he might feel that he has little to gain by being more aggressive in his defense.

“The damage to the monarchy may however be substantial during a period that should be one of celebration.”

Andrew denied claims he had slept with Ms Giuffre three times on Newsnight in November 2019, and stated: ‘I can categorically assure you that it never happened.

“I have no recollection whatsoever of ever meeting this lady.

The duke said that he doesn’t remember a photograph of him with Ms Giuffre’s arm wrapped around his waist. He also questioned whether the image was taken by his hand.

In the aftermath of the interview, the royal was criticised for not showing empathy towards Epstein’s victims as well as a lack remorse for his friendship with the disgraced financier.

The Metropolitan Police stated earlier this month that it would not take any action regarding Ms Giuffre’s claims. Andrew has not been accused of any crime.