Even though Queen Elizabeth's holiday celebrations were toned down due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, Prince Andrew was "in good spirits" on Christmas as he "thought Ghislaine Maxwell would be cleared," The Mirror reported.
According to the outlet, the royal — who is being sued by Virginia Roberts for allegedly raping her when she was 17 years old — decided to opt out of Christmas festivities as he "did not want to be a distraction," a source claimed, adding that he wanted to "keep a low profile."
Maxwell, who was friends with late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was found guilty of five child sex trafficking charges on December 30.
At the time, Roberts spoke out about the verdict. “My soul yearned for justice for years and the jury gave me just that. I will remember this day always," she tweeted. “Having lived with the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who suffered at her hands and whose lives she destroyed. I hope that today is not the end but rather another step in justice being served. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I have faith that they will be.”
Andrew has denied any wrongdoing, but attorney Linda Bloom, who represents several of Epstein's victims, made it clear that the dad-of-two should be concerned about his upcoming trial, which should occur later this year.
"He should be quaking in his boots," she told the Daily Mail. "Because this shows that a jury is willing to come back with a guilty verdict even if the accusers are not perfect, as no human being is."
Andrew is trying to get his case thrown out, as Roberts doesn't currently live in the United States. The judge has not yet made a decision on the matter.