Prince Andrew will most likely go to trial later this year, and David Boies, the attorney representing Virginia Roberts — she is currently suing Andrew for allegedly raping her when she was 17 years old — is not afraid to call on some of his family members to testify.
The night Roberts claims she was with Andrew, the royal said he was with Beatrice at a birthday party.
"If the case goes ahead, one, it's not going to be heard until the autumn and secondly, it will involve Beatrice being brought to court and all sorts of other family members," expert Angela Levin claimed.
"He said he was having a pizza and couldn't have gone with Virginia to a nightclub, and you have to prove this and then have to get his own family there to support him," Levin said. "I think for a senior royal to rely on a technical couple of words in a court case looks absolutely appalling," Levin continued.
Another key person Boies wants to bring in is Meghan Markle, who is married to Prince Harry, as "she is somebody we can count on to tell the truth."
“One; she is in the U.S. so we have jurisdiction over her. Two; she is somebody who obviously, at least for a period of time, was a close associate of Prince Andrew and hence is in a position to perhaps have seen what he did, and perhaps if not to have seen what he did to have heard people talk about it. Because of her past association with him, she may very well have important knowledge, and will certainly have some knowledge," he said. “Three; she is somebody who we can count on to tell the truth. She checks all three boxes.”
On January 13, it was announced that Queen Elizabeth had stripped Andrew of his titles.
"With The Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen," Buckingham Palace said in a statement. "The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."