Prince Andrew was spotted behind the wheel for the first time since a report claimed he has been informed his taxpayer-funded police guard is to be axed next month. The Duke of York looked gloomy as he drove a car wearing a blue jumper above a grey turtle-neck fleece.
The late Queen’s second son was spotted being escorted by security officers.
Prince Andrew has continued to receive police security funded by taxpayers even after he stepped back from public duties in mid-November 2019, following backlash created by his car crash interview with Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis.
While in his statement the Duke said he would only temporarily pause his royal work, he has not carried out any official engagement since.
Rather, in January 2020 he returned his military and royal patronages to his mother Elizabeth II.
This happened the day after New York judge Lewis Kaplan rejected a request made by Prince Andrew’s lawyers to throw out a civil lawsuit launched against the royal by Virginia Giuffre, who claims to be one of the victims of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Ms Giuffre accused Andrew of “sexual assault and battery” and claimed to have been trafficked by Epstein to have sex with the Queen’s second son.
The Duke, who has always denied any wrongdoing and even said not to have any recollection of ever meeting Ms Giuffre during his interview with Ms Maitlis, asked for a trial by jury shortly after relinquishing many of his cherished roles.
However, Ms Giuffre and the Duke of York reached an out-of-court settlement before the case could be brought in front of a jury – which did not represent an admission of liability by the Duke of York.
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