Prince Andrew’s reputation has suffered irreparable damage following a US judge’s decision to proceed with a civil case against him. Alex McCready noted in Mail Online, ‘It is very difficult to see a situation where this reputation can be repaired or him ever having a public role again.’
McCready commented on the controversial strategy from Andrew’s legal team by using a 2009 settlement between Ms Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein to try and quash the case. She stated, ’The move to have the case thrown out was always going to be incredibly risky and it now looks like it may have backfired. It is not a reputationally appealing argument to get the case thrown by relying on a 12-year-old settlement agreement between Giuffre and Epstein – but clearly his lawyers thought it had legal merit.’
She added: ’I personally think that many are surprised that he’s taken any steps to become involved in this US litigation (even if this was simply to ask the court to throw the case out), given he couldn’t be compelled to take the stand as it’s a civil case.’
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