Meghan Markle may be called to testify in the lawsuit against her husband Prince Harry‘s uncle Prince Andrew, a lawyer suggested.
The attorney representing Virginia Roberts Giuffre in her civil lawsuit, David Boies, is accusing Prince Andrew of sexual assault when she was just 17.
Andrew has denied any wrongdoing and the Duchess of Sussex may be called to testify if the case goes to trial.
“One; she is in the U.S. so we have jurisdiction over her,” Boies said.
“Two; she is somebody who obviously, at least for a period of time, was a close associate of Prince Andrew and hence is in a position to perhaps have seen what he did, and perhaps if not to have seen what he did to have heard people talk about it. Because of her past association with him, she may very well have important knowledge, and will certainly have some knowledge.”
He continued, “Three; she is somebody who we can count on to tell the truth. She checks all three boxes.”
“We would likely take one or two depositions of people close to Andrew who would have knowledge of his actions,” he said. “That might include his ex-wife. It could possibly be his brother.”
But he said how Prince Andrew’s mother, Queen Elizabeth, would likely not be called upon “out of respect and deference, and her age.”
Giuffre alleges she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times between 1999 and 2002 in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Jeffrey Epstein, who died in August 2019 while in prison on sex trafficking charges.
Two months after Epstein’s death, Andrew spoke in a BBC interview where he attempted to clarify his relationship with Epstein, as well as address Giuffre’s allegations.
When BBC Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis broached the subject of a photograph showing the royal with his arm around Giuffre’s waist — thought to have been taken inside the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell on March 10, 2001, when Giuffre was 17 years old — the royal alleged he had no recollection of the encounter.
“I don’t remember that photograph ever being taken,” he said.
“I don’t remember going upstairs in the house because that photograph was taken upstairs and I am not entirely convinced that…I mean that is…that is what I would describe as me in that…in that picture but I can’t…we can’t be certain as to whether or not that’s my hand on her whatever it is, left… left side.”
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