Prince Andrew is “cheerful and relaxed” and is being advised to “stay calm and continue” over the bombing, which accuses him of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, according to a report.
“His legal team had always expected this and has been preparing,” a friend of the 61-year-old royal told The Sun about the lawsuit filed by longtime prosecutor Virginia Roberts Giuffre last week.
“They advised the duke to remain calm and continue, and he takes their advice,” the friend has insisted, saying he “has no intention” of changing course and trying to address the charges publicly again.
Neither Andrew nor his legal team have dealt with the lawsuit, and the royal “does not intend” to change course, the friend said.
And the royal – who famously insisted on a medical condition proved he could not have “sweated everywhere” Giuffre, as she had claimed – certainly does not sweat over the legal threat either, the friend claimed.
“He has been cheerful and relaxed at Balmoral,” said the friend of the Scottish estate where the prince lives with his mother, the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
His unlikely claim of sweating was made during a very ridiculous interview with the BBC, which ultimately got him started from royal duties.
The disaster in his attempt to explain his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein as well as refusing to know Giuffre – who he was photographed hugging when she was 17 – played a key role in the decision not to try again to say from the allegations, the friend said.
“His lawyers saw what happened to the Newsnight interview, and think it’s best that he say as little as possible,” the friend said, saying Andrew would only “respond if required by law.”
“The legal process may continue for years, but it is not his fault,” the comrade told the British newspaper. A first court hearing has been scheduled for September 13.
Giuffre has long claimed to have been forced by Epstein and his accused wife, Andrew’s socialized friend Ghislaine Maxwell, to have sex with the prince three times in Maxwell’s newly sold London house as well as Epstein’s New York mansion and private island.
Andrew and Buckingham Palace have previously vehemently denied her allegations, with the prince himself questioning the validity of the now infamous photo of them together because he is not a hugger.