Prince Andrew has not revealed his defense strategy to the Queen, who is paying

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Prince Andrew has a big hearing today in New York. He won’t actually appear in New York, but his lawyers are appearing on his behalf. The hearing is about whether or not Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit will go to trial. Andrew’s lawyers basically have to reveal their defense strategy and no one knows what Andrew’s defense will really be beyond what he’s already said: Virginia was/is a “little bitch” who wanted to be trafficked, she enjoyed it and she’s already made enough money from her previous lawsuits against Ghislaine Maxwell. Apparently, Andrew has left the Queen in the dark about what she’s paying for with his defense as well:

Prince Andrew has left senior Royals “in the dark” over his defence strategy on sex claims, say insiders. Andrew is understood to have had “little or no discussion” with the Queen, Prince Charles or Prince William – despite Her Majesty paying his hefty legal fees. Sources say the Duke of York has been “less than forthcoming” over how he will battle allegations from Virginia Giuffre.

Insiders suggest preparations have been coloured by reported infighting between Andrew’s UK solicitor Gary Bloxsome and his newly hired Hollywood hotshot lawyer Andrew Brettler, due to a “severe clash in personalities”.

Andrew’s team must deliver final submissions on Monday. A judge will rule whether a trial is held.

One impeccably placed source said: “Everyone from the very top has been left in the dark. The fact there has been little or no discussion with senior members of the family is just mind-boggling.”

[From The Daily Mirror]

My guess is that the senior royals don’t want to know about Andrew’s defense, nor do they care. Especially Charles and William – they wrote off Andrew a long time ago. My guess is that the Queen simply believes whatever Andrew tells her, which is probably along the lines of “everything is going well, no worries.”

Speaking of, Richard Kay at the Mail had a bonkers story about Andrew which – I think?? – was supposed to be sympathetic? It was all about how Andrew is no longer in the royal fold and how sad it is that Andrew can’t wear his military gear and glad-hand veterans and such. Kay’s sources say that Andrew still “hopes of one day resuming his old life.” Andrew’s life these days is relatively simple – he goes riding several times a week in Windsor, he keeps up with old friends, he mostly stays at Royal Lodge and watches TV. He’s been following Ghislaine Maxwell’s criminal trial but he doesn’t think it will affect him. He visits his mom a lot. He spends time with his daughters and with Fergie. As for staff, “Royal Lodge has a butler and deputy butler, while a chef comes over from Windsor Castle…Sometimes food is sent over from the kitchens at the castle, while an estate gardener occasionally helps out with local driving duties. Andrew also still has use of a valet, but a part-time dresser who had previously been in the household is understood to have left.” Basically, he lives in utter comfort and privilege, doesn’t have to do anything other than watch TV, ride and spend time with his family, and his mom pays all of his bills. And we’re supposed to feel sympathy for him?

Prince Andrew spotted going for an early morning ride with a groom in Windsor

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  1. Emma says:

    Honestly the name-calling and shaming of a literal underage victim of sex trafficking has been so vile. He’s really despicable and frankly, so are his family members who are ignoring or actively protecting him.

  2. Woke says:

    He’s living jazz hands dream here.

  3. Merricat says:

    Windsor trash.

  4. LaraW” says:

    Just a minor correction: Today is the due date for Andrew’s Reply In Support of the Motion to Dismiss.

    January 4, 2022 is still his hearing date for oral argument on his motion to dismiss.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    I mean, I wouldn’t share my defence strategy with Charles or William, it would get leaked to the press.

  6. Grumpier than thou says:

    I mean come on, the man now has to GET DRESSED ALL BY HIMSELF! Have some heart people.

    • Clomo says:

      Watching Downton Abbey has helped me understand the roles of these types of employees and I cackled as I read part-time dresser, imagine having somebody help you to that level? I understand in the days of old some of the dresses could be hard to fasten by yourself but these days it seems so infantile, and what does a dresser do for full time work with one person, even one family. Milling about organizing their closet all day?. Has the queen ever seen her closet? It’s all so strange.

      • Eurydice says:

        Well, for the Queen, the person in charge of her wardrobe also designs her hats. But she keeps track of thousands of clothing items, accessories and jewelry – where they are, when they were worn, at which events. Storing, cleaning and conserving all those items is a challenge, too. She’s basically the curator of a wardrobe museum.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      Comment of the day!!!!

    • Christine says:


  7. Lady D says:

    So it is possible for one of them to keep their mouth shut. Huh.

  8. Seraphina says:

    When one has unlimited funds, and that “one” is mummy, one can do that.

  9. Eurydice says:

    If Andrew is the client, why would the lawyers be talking to anyone else?

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Exactly. Some people have a misconception that whoever is paying is the client, but I really don’t think the Queen thinks she’s entitled to information, nor do I think she cares about the strategy. But I think Charles, William & the courtiers might be interested, either because the family is often in each other’s business or because they want to leak, as Amy Bee said above (or both).

    • Seraphina says:

      While this is truth, if I were Liz, I would want to know what is going on. BUT, at her age I get it and most importantly ignorance is bliss. Plus, what can she really offer as far as advice????

  10. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Am I the only one thinking that IF it does go to trial, will there be any other women coming out and saying “this happened to me as well”
    Are there some who are simply biding their time and watching? Ms. Guiffre can’t be the only one who was forced to have sex with this bottom feeder.
    Maybe some were paid off to shut up and go away?
    I have so many questions

    • Jaded says:

      I think there will be other trafficked women who will gather up their courage and come out with their own horrible stories. They’ve been holding back out of fear — going up against a member of the royal family is a daunting task — but Virginia is leading the way. That young woman has balls of steel.

  11. Molly says:

    How fast will Chuck slam the safe shut when his mom passes? Andy best be hoping for a quick end to this!

  12. Kviby says:

    Yeah I doubt she’d be eager to hear the details

  13. equality says:

    H&M saying the simplest things almost destroys her and killed Phil. How could she possibly handle the truth about human trafficking and Andrew’s involvement? (sarc) And where is the sadness for H not getting to wear his uniform? It’s only sad for the sex offender? If H&M were living that life, on QE’s money, imagine the fit by the reporters.

  14. Eleonor says:

    I think he doesn’t feel like he has to defend himself.
    He is so entitled that in his mind he didn’t do anything wrong.
    Ans mummy is a ride or die for him.

  15. projectmindy says:

    Which sucks

  16. Monica says:

    Heads have rolled for less, Andrew.

  17. Izzy says:

    Not sure how things are in the UK, but his lawyers are in the US and the trial is in the US, and in the US, the attorneys represent the client regardless of who is paying the bills – with the obvious exception of conservatorships, which is another conversation and not applicable here. Prince Pedo is the client, and his lawyers owe him a duty of confidentiality. The men in grey need to calm their knickers a bit, they are not entitled to a briefing on his defense strategy.