Royal Family news latest: Queen won't stop Charles plan to 'keep Andrew out of public’ as Duke to hide away at Balmoral

PRINCE Andrew's lawyers have been told to "stop wasting time & money" by a judge and that they should "cut out all technicalities".

Top Hollywood lawyer Andrew Brettler has been hired to represent the Duke of York in court following claims he had been served a lawsuit at his home in Windsor.

Mr Brettler told a New York court on Monday that the Duke had not been properly served the lawsuit – but a judge suggested that Prince Andrew’s lawyers were making the case “more complicated” than it was by challenging the method of service.

Judge Kaplan told Mr Brettler: “You have a pretty high degree of certainty that he can be served sooner than later. Let's cut out all the technicalities and get to the substance.

"There is a very swift way of getting to the substance promptly. But you two need to talk about that. Because I can see a lot of legal fees being spent and time being expended and delay, which ultimately may not be terribly productive for anyone.”

Meanwhile, the Queen's closest friend, Sir Timothy Coleman has passed away aged 91.

Sir Timothy, the husband of the Queen's first cousin Lady Mary Colman, was a frequent guest at Sandringham and close friend of Her Majesty.

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    PRINCE CHARLES COULD REWRITE CONSTITUTION AND LET WILLIAM TAKE POWER AFTER QUEEN DIES, DIANA’S FORMER VOICE COACH CLAIMS

    The Prince of Wales is next in line to the throne, but Stewart Pearce – who worked with Diana for two years – believes he may abdicate the “difficult task” and allow his son to reign.

    He told the Daily Star: “She (the Queen) is preparing to leave, and when she leaves the whole psycho-physical nature of monarchy will change.

    “And who knows, constitutional law may be rewritten.

    “He (Charles) may not take the throne, he may hand it to his young son.

    “He doesn’t want to do it, such a difficult task.”

     

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    SCOTTISH CHARITY WATCHDOG PROBES PRINCE CHARLES’ CHARITY

    Scotland’s charity regulator has launched an investigation following claims the Prince of Wales’ charitable foundation accepted a six-figure sum from a wealthy Russian donor.

    Charles wrote a letter thanking the businessman for his generous offer of more than £500,000 to the Prince’s Foundation last year, and suggested they could meet after the Covid crisis.

    The charity initially received £100,000 but the total sum was reportedly rejected by the ethics committee of the foundation, whose headquarters are in Scotland, following concerns about its provenance, according to The Sunday Times.

    The investigation launched by the Scottish Charity Regulator comes shortly after an alleged cash-for-honours scandal which saw Michael Fawcett temporarily step down as the foundation’s chief executive earlier this month.

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    PRINCE'S LOCK-IN

    PRINCE Andrew will lock himself away at Balmoral for the next two weeks as his lawyers work on tactics to sink his sex abuse case.

    A New York court was told his legal team wants to unseal a court settlement from 12 years ago which may prevent alleged victim Virginia Roberts from taking further action.

    They also said court papers against the Prince had been incorrectly served.

    Royal expert Nigel Cawthorne, said: “It’s a weasel way of getting out of the case.”

    A Balmoral insider said of Andrew’s stay: “He seems to be determined to stay out of sight and makes it impossible for anyone to serve papers.”

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    WHO IS VIRGINIA ROBERTS-GIUFFRE?

    Mum-of-three Virginia Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre, 35 – made claims against Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell – Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-lover.

    Giuffre has alleged in court docs that she was procured by Maxwell, 57, the daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell, as a teenage “sex slave” for Epstein.

    She released a manuscript just hours before Epstein's death, which added to more than 2,000 documents of a lawsuit pending against the former financier and his pals.

    The legal documents were released in a defamation case involving Giuffre, who has claimed in court docs that Prince Andrew slept with her three times, and Maxwell.

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    JUDGE SLAMS PRINCE ANDREW’S LAWYER FOR WASTING TIME AS DUKE’S TEAM BRAND VIRGINIA ROBERTS RAPE LAWSUIT ‘BASELESS’

    The Duke of York’s hot shot Hollywood lawyer argued the case should be dismissed and branded it “baseless” during a 30 minute telephone pre-trial hearing.

    Super-lawyer Andrew Brettler told the federal court in New York that it was a “non-viable and potentially unlawful” case.

    He added he believed a 2009 settlement signed by his accuser with paedo financier Jeffrey Epstein released the Duke and others from “any and all potential liability”.

    The US legal eagle also said Andrew’s team are speaking with the High Court in the UK to determine if the papers have been served.

    Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered a week-long delay on proceedings. It will allow Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s lawyers to make any requests to the court for help serving the lawsuit.

    But he appeared largely unimpressed with the argument made by Andrew’s team and warned them to stop wasting time.

    The judge said: “You have a pretty high degree of certainty that he can be served sooner than later.

    “Let’s cut out all the technicalities and get to the substance.”

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    NEW BBC PHILIP DOCUMENTARY GOES INSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE

    Documentary-makers went inside Buckingham Palace to meet the duke’s long-serving staff and to capture his study, private office and library as they were during his seven decades of public service.

    The programme will air on Wednesday, September 22 at 9pm on BBC One and include interviews filmed both before and after Philip’s death in April.

    It was originally planned to mark the duke’s 100th birthday in June – but the nation’s longest-serving consort died two months before his centenary.

    The BBC added: “With special access to the Queen’s private cine-film collection, this film is an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history – by those who knew him best.”

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!

    THE Queen, Kate Middleton and Prince William all wished Prince Harry a happy birthday today.

    It’s believed the Duke of Sussex, who turns 37 today, is marking the occasion in the US – although his celebrations have been kept under wraps.

    Despite ongoing tensions between Harry and the Royals, all three of the Firm’s main accounts shared their best wishes with the Duke online today.

    It marks the first display of affection between the estranged family members since before Prince Harry left the Royal fold.

    He hasn’t been able to see his loved ones much since stepping down from Royal life last year, with Covid travel restrictions placing a huge obstacle.

    Read more here

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    KATE & WILLIAM ‘TOOK GEORGE, CHARLOTTE & LOUIS TO FRANCE FOR THE WEDDING OF DUCHESS’ BROTHER JAMES MIDDLETON’

    James tied the knot with partner, Alizée Thevenet, and his nephews and niece, George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, were said to be in attendance.

    ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship took to Twitter to say: “I hear William and Kate *did attend the wedding. 

    “And took George, Charlotte and Louis too…(Sounds like a nice weekend).”

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    THE QUEEN RARELY USES HER REAL NAME – EVEN THOUGH IT HAS SPECIAL MEANING

    When the monarch was born in 1926, her birth certificate listed her full name as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.

    Of course, the Elizabeth part is well known, and it was chosen in tribute to her mum, the Queen Mother, who also had the same name.

    And it turns out her middle names also have sweet meanings too.

    It is thought that Alexandra was chosen in honour of her great grandmother Queen Alexandra, who was the wife of King Edward VII.

    Queen Alexandra died in November 1925 at the age of 80, just months before the Queen was born.

    Read the article in full here.

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    KATE MIDDLETON ISN’T THE MOST INTERESTING MUM AT PRINCE GEORGE’S SCHOOL

    When your dad is the heir to the throne, it is understandable that George and Charlotte must stand out at school.

    However, they aren’t the only pupils of £19k-a-year Thomas’s Battersea with a famous parent, as there is another very successful mum doing the playground drop-off too.

    One parent told the Daily Mail: “No one really gives Kate a second glance when she does the school drop-off.

    “We have a Victoria’s Secret model doing the school run, too, and the dads are far more interested in her.”

    The identity of the model hasn’t been revealed, but it’s safe to assume she’s most likely graced numerous high-profile red carpets and A-list events.

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    EXPLAINED: HOW IS PRINCE ANDREW LINKED TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN?

    The Duke of York said he first met Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier, in 1999 with the now dead banker once describing him as his “best friend.”

    That was also the year the UK press reported on the pair’s friendship.

    The pair are thought to have flown together on Epstein’s private jet to the US Virgin Islands.

    And in June 2000, Epstein and his Brit “madam” ex, Maxwell were both guests at a party hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

    Prince Andrew also became close with Maxwell – pictured together that same year at a Halloween party hosted by Heidi Klum in New York.

    Just over a month later, in December 2000, the then 40-year-old prince, threw Ms Maxwell a surprise birthday party at Sandringham, with Epstein among the guests.

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    PRINCE ANDREW BELIEVES HE CAN RETURN TO PUBLIC LIFE

    Andrew, 61, is yet to respond to a sex abuse civil claim lodged in a New York court a month ago.

    Jeffrey Epstein’s former sex slave Virginia Giuffre accuses him of “rape in the first degree” and there have been “multiple attempts” to serve him with papers for the lawsuit.

    Andrew, who fled his Windsor mansion for the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday, has previously denied any wrongdoing.

    And a source said he remains “utterly convinced” that he will be able to brush off the claims.

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    THRIFTY KATE MIDDLETON IS BRITAIN’S MOST FASHIONABLE ROYAL – DESPITE MEGHAN’S DESIGNER WARDROBE COSTING THOUSANDS MORE

    The Duchess of Cambridge was found to be the most influential dresser out of the royal wives, according to hair and aesthetics experts at Vera Clinic.

    When it comes to searches online for Kate Middleton, it seems her dresses are most sought-after – and have 114 per cent more monthly searches.

    In the new study, “Kate Middleton dress” had 3,600 UK monthly searches and 5,400 in the USA. 

    Meanwhile, “Meghan Markle dress” which only has 1,300 UK monthly searches and 2,900 USA searches. 

    This is despite Meghan’s outfits on royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October 2018, costing a staggering £50,000.

    Read the article in full here.

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    QUEEN’S HEARTBREAK AS CLOSEST FRIEND SIR TIMOTHY COLMAN DIES AGED 91

    Sir Timothy, the husband of the Queen’s first cousin Lady Mary Colman, was a frequent guest at Sandringham and close friend of Her Majesty.

    He passed away on September 9 surrounded by his family, at his home at Bixley Manor, near Norwich.

    His death comes after Lady Mary passed away at home on January 2 at the age of 88.

    Mourning his loss, his family said: “He was a fount of knowledge , a huge influence on a number of people of all ages, who sought his wise counsel.

    “He had a love and huge knowledge of the natural world, but, most importantly he loved his family.

    “With his late wife Mary, he created the happiest of family homes at Bixley Manor.”

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    SCOTTISH CHARITY WATCHDOG PROBES PRINCE CHARLES’ CHARITY

    Scotland’s charity regulator has launched an investigation following claims the Prince of Wales’ charitable foundation accepted a six-figure sum from a wealthy Russian donor.

    Charles wrote a letter thanking the businessman for his generous offer of more than £500,000 to the Prince’s Foundation last year, and suggested they could meet after the Covid crisis.

    The charity initially received £100,000 but the total sum was reportedly rejected by the ethics committee of the foundation, whose headquarters are in Scotland, following concerns about its provenance, according to The Sunday Times.

    The investigation launched by the Scottish Charity Regulator comes shortly after an alleged cash-for-honours scandal which saw Michael Fawcett temporarily step down as the foundation’s chief executive earlier this month.

    A spokesperson for the Scottish Charity Regulator said: “We have been working with the Prince’s Foundation to better understand the use of the organisation’s funds, and to gain a full understanding of the work which is being undertaken by the charity’s trustees to investigate the range of issues which have been raised.

    “We have written to the trustees informing them that we will investigate these matters under the powers set out in section 28 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and will follow up any additional queries as they arise."

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    NEW BBC PHILIP DOCUMENTARY GOES INSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE

    Documentary-makers went inside Buckingham Palace to meet the duke’s long-serving staff and to capture his study, private office and library as they were during his seven decades of public service.

    The programme will air on Wednesday, September 22 at 9pm on BBC One and include interviews filmed both before and after Philip’s death in April.

    It was originally planned to mark the duke’s 100th birthday in June – but the nation’s longest-serving consort died two months before his centenary.

    The BBC added: “With special access to the Queen’s private cine-film collection, this film is an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history – by those who knew him best.”

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    WHAT IS THE ROYAL FAMILY’S CLAIM TO THE THRONE?

    The Queen derives her right to rule from the House of Hanover – whose head became King George I in 1714.

    In 1688 James II, the last Catholic king in British history, was deposed in favour of his Protestant daughter Mary and her husband William. They did not have children so the throne then passed to her sister Anne (of The Favourite fame) who also died childless.

    There was concern that the throne would pass to James’ son, also called James, whose birth to a Catholic mother had prompted the deposition in the first place. Therefore Parliament passed the Act of Succession in 1701 which forbade any Roman Catholic – or anyone married to a Catholic – from ever taking the throne.

    This mean when Anne died in 1714, Parliament offered the throne to her second cousin – the Prince of Hanover in Germany – over many of her closer relatives.

    His descendants would keep the Hanover name – and the throne – until 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert and all their children became known under their father’s last name – Saxe-Coburg Gotha.

    During the First World War, with anti-German feeling running high, King George V (the Queen’s grandfather) thought it wise to change it to the much more British sounding Windsor – after their favourite castle.

    It goes to show that although royalties may claim they are chosen by God – sometimes they are chosen by Parliament.

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    KATE & WILLIAM ‘TOOK GEORGE, CHARLOTTE & LOUIS TO FRANCE FOR THE WEDDING OF DUCHESS’ BROTHER JAMES MIDDLETON’

    James tied the knot with partner, Alizée Thevenet, and his nephews and niece, George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, were said to be in attendance.

    ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship took to Twitter to say: “I hear William and Kate *did attend the wedding. 

    “And took George, Charlotte and Louis too…(Sounds like a nice weekend).”

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    WHAT HAS ANDREW SAID ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS?

    The Prince has strenuously denied all allegations brought against him.

    Buckingham Palace strongly denied the allegation in 2015 saying “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the Duke was “categorically untrue”.

    It has consistently denied the allegations, reinforcing that statement in 2019 by saying “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.

    “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

    Prince Andrew added: “At no stage during the limited time I spent with [Epstein] did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.”

    All the allegations about Prince Andrew were struck from the court record in 2015.

    They were described by the judge as being “immaterial and impertinent”.

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    PRINCE CHARLES COULD REWRITE CONSTITUTION AND LET WILLIAM TAKE POWER AFTER QUEEN DIES, DIANA’S FORMER VOICE COACH CLAIMS

    The Prince of Wales is next in line to the throne, but Stewart Pearce – who worked with Diana for two years – believes he may abdicate the “difficult task” and allow his son to reign.

    He told the Daily Star: “She (the Queen) is preparing to leave, and when she leaves the whole psycho-physical nature of monarchy will change.

    “And who knows, constitutional law may be rewritten.

    “He (Charles) may not take the throne, he may hand it to his young son.

    “He doesn’t want to do it, such a difficult task.”

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    ROYAL SOURCE CLAIMS PRINCE ANDREW IS ACTING ‘AS IF DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE LEGAL CASE’

    Royal aides are said to be furious he fled his Windsor home last week and arrived at his mum’s summer home, making it look like she is ­harbouring him.

    One royal source last night said: “This is so brazen it is unbelievable. Prince Andrew is carrying on like nothing has happened and as if he hasn’t got a care in the world.

    “It has been bad enough that he appears to have been seeking refuge at Balmoral, where the Queen is trying to have quiet time after a tough year, but to host a shooting party, with some dubious guests shows disrespect to the monarchy.

    “And it is also tone deaf as if he does not care about what is going on with the legal case.”

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    FURY OVER DUKE'S HANDLING OF SEX CASE

    Royal aides are said to be furious the Duke of York has intruded on the Queen’s private summer retreat and made her look like she is harbouring him after he fled his own home in Windsor last week.

    One royal source told the Sun said: “This is so brazen it is unbelievable. Prince Andrew is carrying on like nothing has happened and as if he hasn’t got a care in the world.

    “It has been bad enough that he appears to have been seeking refuge at Balmoral, where the Queen is trying to have quiet time after a tough year, but to host a shooting party, with some dubious guests shows disrespect to the monarchy. And it is also tone deaf as if he does not care about what is going on with the legal case.”

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    CHARLES THANKED RUSSIAN BANKER WHO DONATED SIX-FIGURE SUM TO HIS CHARITY

    Dmitry Leus, 72, was thanked for the “very generous” gift to the Prince’s Foundation in a note penned by Charles on May 18 last year.

    The Russian financer reportedly made the donation with fixers close to Charles on the promise that he would get a face-to-face meeting with the prince, The Sunday Times reports.

    Charles wrote to Leus: “Word has reached me that you have very generously decided to support the work of my Foundation. I cannot tell you how incredibly grateful I am for your encouragement for everything I am trying to achieve.”

    He added: “I very much look forward to seeing you when this dreadful crisis passes, and, in the meantime, this comes with my warmest good wishes and heartfelt thanks. Your most sincerely, Charles.”

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    ‘JAIL PRINCE ANDREW’, SAYS VIRGINIA ROBERTS’ DAD

    It comes as the Duke is set to swerve a hearing in his sex assault civil case today by having no representatives taking part.

    Sky Roberts said he would like Prince Andrew to go to jail, claiming he “needs to know what it’s like to be held accountable”.

    He told Good Morning Britain: “This is not the time of William Wallace where the royals can do whatever they want.

    “The times have changed. Prince Andrew thinks it’s still those times where he can do whatever he wants.”

    Roberts, 38, who is one of the most well-known Jeffrey Epstein victims, is accusing the prince of assaulting her three times when she was under the age of 18.

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    THE QUEEN ‘WON’T OVERRULE CHARLES’ PLAN TO KEEP ANDREW AWAY FROM PUBLIC DUTIES’, CLAIMS ROYAL BIOGRAPHER ANGELA LEVIN

    The Queen won't "overrule" her eldest, who reportedly wishes to keep the Duke of York out of the public eye after damaging sex assault allegations.

    However, the monarch "adores" Andrew and "enjoys his company", expert Angela Levin said today.

    Ms Levin, who has written an authorised biography on Prince Harry, called Andrew "naïve and arrogant" as the royal faces a legal wrangle in a US civil court.

    In an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO, she said the Queen had ruled out Andrew's return to duties.

    "She said he couldn't be," she said.

    "She adores Andrew and enjoys his company.

    "I think that she won't overrule what Charles says. The rest of the royals won't want him to do that."

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