Princess Eugenie was today driven away from her father, Prince Andrew’s residence in Windsor, by her husband, four days after the Queen removed her military honorary roles, and he abandoned his use of the HRH style.
The 31-year-old royal, who is 12th in line to the throne and can still use the HRH title, was seen in the back of the Range Rover Vogue hybrid electric car while being driven out of the Royal Lodge on the Windsor Great Parks area. .
Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, 35, live about three miles away with their 11-month-old son August in Frogmore Cottage, which was the first family home for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle before leaving the UK.
Eugenie, her sister Princess Beatrice and mother Sarah Ferguson are all waiting to hear if they will be dragged into Andrews’ trial in New York as Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers say who they want to interview under oath.
The next step in the sexual assault case brought by Andrew’s sex prosecutor is that both sides formally question witnesses, conducted outside a courtroom but with a court recorder seated.
The hearings, known as deposits, allow attorneys to ask any question, no matter how personal they may be. Reports in the Sun and Telegraph over the weekend claimed the family should not testify, but that has not yet been confirmed.
Andrew, 61, is still believed to be in his 31-bedroom Royal Lodge home and reportedly hosted about a dozen family friends there Friday night, including Eugenie and Mr. Brooksbank before filming in Windsor Great Park.
The shooting party was a Christmas present from the Queen to Eugenie and her husband, The Sun reported. Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 62, did not attend the filming, but attended the party for lunch at the York Club.
Today was the first time Eugenie has been seen in ten days after she was last seen in a car park outside London Heathrow Airport on January 7 with her family after their ski trip to Switzerland without Andrew.
Her sister Beatrice was last seen out shopping in London’s Chelsea last Thursday while pushing her three-month-old daughter Sienna in a pram, where she kept a low profile and drank a takeaway coffee.
The Queen’s move last Thursday was a humiliation for Andrew and came a day after the trial against him took a big step forward when a judge rejected his proposal to dismiss the case of sexual assault and ruled it could go to court.
Andrew, who was born as an HRH, will not use it for any official capacity, and he was also deprived of his remaining royal patronages in a resolution representing the Duke of York’s complete removal from official royal life.
The dramatic move was also seen as an attempt to distance the monarchy from Andrew, who was once second in line to the throne as a reserve for the heir, in the year of the Queen’s Platinum anniversary.
It comes when Andrew was accused of a ‘tone-deaf’ defense in his legal battle with Virginia Giuffre – who used to be known as Virginia Roberts – after his lawyers suggested she may have ‘false memories’ of her meetings with him.
Princess Eugenie was pictured today in the back of a Range Rover Vogue SE P400 hybrid electric car in Windsor
Eugenie, 31, was driven away from Prince Andrews Royal Lodge home in Windsor today by her husband Jack Brooksbank, 35.
Princess Eugenie was last pictured on January 7 talking to her mother Sarah Ferguson outside London Heathrow Airport
In a devastating response to the Duke’s demand for Mrs Giuffre’s mental health records, her lawyer David Boies said: “She would not remember the wrong sexual abuse of a Prince of England.”
The allegation of memory problems was made by Andrew in legal proceedings over the weekend in the case brought against him by Mrs Giuffre in a court in New York.
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Despite being a middle-aged father of two, he would become ‘verbally violent’ if staff moved the crowded menagerie, the former officer told in an upcoming documentary about Andrew’s friendship with convicted child abuser Ghislaine Maxwell.
To avoid confrontations, a laminated photograph in a drawer in the prince’s private apartments showed the correct arrangement in case any of them needed to be moved.
Paul Page – who was in the Royal Protection Command from 1998 to 2004 – also said officers questioned the duke’s relationship with Robert Maxwell’s daughter because of the way “she was allowed to go in and out of the palace”.
Mr. Page made the allegations to ITV’s Ranvir Singh in Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile, which will be broadcast at 21 tomorrow.
Journalist Elizabeth Day also recalled seeing an ‘oversized teddy bear squeezed into a seat’ in the corridor outside his Buckingham Palace office, which turned out to have been a wedding present from his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.
She said in The Mail on Sundays You magazine that the bears indicated that the duke was ‘one who had never really grown up because he had never had to’.
She claims she had sex with Andrew three times when she was 17 in 2001 while under the control of Jeffrey Epstein, the deceased pedophile who was friends with the Duke. Andrew has vehemently denied her allegations.
His lawyers have asked to interview Ms Giuffre’s psychologist, Dr. Judith Lightfoot, about all their sessions, any prescriptions issued and the ‘theory of false memories’.
Ghislaine Maxwell used a ‘fake memory expert’ during her trial to trade and recruit underage girls to Epstein, but was found guilty in five out of six cases.
Sir. Boies told the Daily Mail: ‘This is exactly what Maxwell was trying to do. It did not end well. People may remember many things wrong, but they do not remember wrong sexual abuse of a prince of England.
‘In addition, Prince Andrew must say that all the other people who saw them together also have’ false memories ‘.’
Referring to the infamous photo of Andrew with Mrs Giuffre in London in 2001, Mr Boies added: “And how does a ‘false memory’ create a photograph?
The cases of Andrew’s American lawyer, Andrew Brettler, requested the assistance of the Australian Government to interrogate Dr. Lightfoot.
Ms Giuffre, now a 38-year-old mother of three, currently lives in Australia and goes by her married name, Virginia Giuffre.
The legal filing stated: ‘Defendant claims that Plaintiff suffers from false memories, as evidenced by the fact that her allegations regarding her time with Epstein and the circumstances under which Defendant allegedly assaulted her have changed repeatedly over the years.’
A source close to the Duke told The Sunday Times that the focus on false memories was from the ‘Maxwell playbook’. The tactics of Andrew’s legal team have also triggered a “victim blaming” series.
Brad Edwards, a Florida lawyer representing dozens of Epstein victims, called the strategy “so tone-deaf that it basically resembles suicide cases.”
He said: ‘Taking another game out of the Epstein / Maxwell book and attacking Virginia is probably the only thing he can do to look worse. I would say his defense could not get any worse, but last time I thought he was going on TV and giving what was equivalent to the most embarrassingly stupid interview ever. ‘
Virginia Roberts was photographed with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2001 in London’s Belgravia
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Spencer Kuvin, a Florida lawyer representing several Epstein victims, said the attack on a victim’s memory was a ‘terrible’ defense.
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Euan Rellie, a New York-based British investment banker, attended the University of Oxford with Maxwell, 60, and was a guest at dinner parties hosted by her and her disgraced ex-boyfriend Jeffery Epstein in the United States.
He remembered being invited to Epstein’s home in New York one evening, and the disgraced socialite admitted that it was ‘for my friend, Prince Andrew’.
And a former palace police guard made similar allegations. Paul Page said he and colleagues wondered if Andrew and Maxwell were ‘intimate’ because of the frequency of her visits to the palace.
Rellie and Mr. Page made the revelations during an interview with Ranvir Singh for the upcoming ITV documentary, Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile.
He said: ‘It is a classic’ re-abuse ‘of the victim and an attempt to implicitly annoy the victim in an attempt to intimidate them and hope that the embarrassment and public outcry will cause them to drop their claims.’
Attorney Gloria Allred, who also represents several Epstein victims, said: ‘The prince is entitled to take the handover of Virginia’s therapist for the purpose of determining emotional distress. It is not uncommon.
‘The court may have to rule on her questions, e.g .: they cross the line. It is OK to ask the therapist for treatment if she was having trouble finding out if she was suffering from emotional distress and if her disorder is caused by other problems.
‘If there are questions which are not appropriate, it may have to be decided by the court.
‘Prince Andrew claims he can not even remember meeting her [Ms Giuffre]. If he has a therapist, she could take the delivery of his therapist.
‘Is Andrew’s memory of not remembering having met her, is it a false memory of self-interest? He may have – perhaps not a false memory – but he may have a selective memory that remembers certain facts but not others. ‘
The case continues after Judge Lewis Kaplan last week rejected a request from Andrew to dismiss it.
Afterwards, Queen Andrew deprived him of all his military protections and the use of the style of His Royal Highness, effectively isolating him from the family.
With a lawsuit tentatively set for September, Andrew could settle the case but will reportedly have to pay as much as £ 10 million.
The Duke’s team has also asked to interview Mrs Giuffre’s husband Robert under oath.
A source said: ‘Mrs Giuffre endangered her mental health by suing for emotional distress.
‘The Duke’s legal team is fully entitled to test her claims, determine her injuries, if any, and see what she told her therapist or not.’