Prince Andrew to sell £17m chalet as Queen wont pay legal bills, insider says

Prince Andrew is reportedly seeking to 'force through the sale of his £17m ski chalet' in Switzerland as his legal fees for his battle with Virginia Giuffre rise.

The Mirror has reported that the Duke's sale of the chalet has been spurred on by the Queen's unwillingness to pay for any of the legal fees.

The paper asserts that the Queen's official position is she "would not assist" Andrew in any further financial settlement during the process.

Andrew could soon find out whether he will face a full civil trial in New York over allegations he sexually abused Ms Giuffre in 2001 on three occasions when she was just 17, claims he has vehemently denied.

If the trial gets the go-ahead and Andrew was to lose, some legal experts have speculated that his accuser could also be awarded a settlement that's as much as £3million.

There remains a possibility that Andrew could make an 11th-hour offer of a ­significant out of court settlement.

However, the Mirror asserts that those with knowledge of the case have confirmed no ­discussions have taken place yet.

A Royal source told the paper: “It is crunch time for Andrew on several fronts.

“He is meeting all the costs himself so he needs to raise cash fast to pay bills which are increasing by the day.

“If there was the potential to settle, well, that is an option, but it is in no doubt that the Queen would not assist him in doing so.”

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The Mirror also reports that suggestions the Queen could be asked to help out Andrew in his legal payments made Prince Charles and Prince William ­“absolutely furious”, with a further source stating the pair's attitude.

They told the paper: "They are both of the opinion that Andrew can sort out his own mess.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on this story when approached.

The Daily Star has also reached out to Prince Andrew for comment.

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