According to British media, Prince Andrew, 61, would seek to sell as soon as possible his chalet in Switzerland, worth an estimated 20 million euros, in order to pay his legal fees. The son of Queen Elizabeth of England is accused by Victoria Giuffre, a 38-year-old American, of having raped her.
The Queen of England would refuse to help her son pay his legal fees, according to the Mirror and the Daily Mail. Prince Andrew has already tried to sell his chalet in Verbier, Switzerland, which also belongs to his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, in September to a European investor, without success. He would now seek to conclude the sale urgently.
Media reports also suggest that the Prince's lawyers may be offering Ms. Giuffre money to drop the lawsuit. Ms. Giuffre said she would not comment on this speculation.
Victoria Giuffre accuses Prince Andrew of forcing her to have sex with him three times in 2001 when she was only 17 years old. She was allegedly loaned to the prince by Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire and sex offender who committed suicide in 2019 before his trial.
Prince Andrew denies all allegations, disparaging Ms. Giuffre as venal.
Earlier this week, a hearing was held in New York at which the prince's lawyers hoped to torpedo a complaint filed by Victoria Giuffre. The judge, however, saw no legal impediment to Ms. Giuffre's civil suit against Prince Andrew, observers said. The judgment should be known soon.