Prince Andrew betrayed Queen and country says Jeffrey Epstein victims lawyer

The lawyer for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein has slammed Prince Andrew for “betraying Queen and country” due to his relationship with the convicted paedophile.

Gloria Allred, a Los Angeles-based lawyer, worked with 20 of Epstein's victims and has now hit out at Andrew for spending time with the former financier.

Andrew is facing a civil lawsuit brought by his accuser Virginia Giuffre, who has brought allegations of sexual assault against the Duke of York on three occasions when she was 17.

The Duke has denied all the allegations made against him by Ms Giuffre.

Ms Allred said this is not the “life that a member of the Royal Family” should be choosing as the attorney criticised Andrew’s defence.

Speaking to the Sun, Ms Allred added: “If you get down in the mud with pigs you are going to get mud on you.

“This was always going to end badly. The benefit was never worth the risk.

“He had a duty to think about others. He betrayed his duties and honours bestowed on him, and the Queen and the country.”

Ms Allred continued by saying everything surrounding the case will be covered and therefore continue to damage both the Queen and the Royal Family.

She insisted that her comments were not passing judgment on Andrew but the contact between him and Epstein is “very bad choices”.

Andrew was seen meeting both Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, who was found guilty on five out of six counts in helping assist Epstein in his abuse of minors.

Epstein never faced trial after he was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City on August 10, 2019.

Andrew’s lawyers tried to get the case brought by Ms Guiffre thrown out but New York judge Lewis Kaplan rejected their attempts.

Following the judge’s decision, the Queen approved and agreed with the decision to strip Andrew of his royal patronage and his military titles.

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In a statement, the Buckingham Palace said: "With the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.

"The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

Andrew is expected to be deposed by Ms Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies next month.

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