Meghan Markle could be called as witness in Prince Andrew’s sex case trial

Prince Charles, Meghan Markle and Sarah, the Duchess of York, could be called as witnesses in Prince Andrew’s citizenship case if she goes to trial, it was said.

The Duke of York’s brother, Prince of Wales, and his ex-wife Sarah may be required to testify as part of a civil case against him by Virginia Joffrey.

A judge in New York will decide two weeks later on January 4 whether to allow an abuse claim brought against him by victim Jeffrey Epstein to trial.

David Boies, the lawyer representing Ms Giuffre in the legal suit, told the Daily Beast that the Duchess of Sussex could also be relied upon to ‘tell the truth’ – one of three reasons he said she was likely to be involved.

Boyce also said Meghan was a potential witness because she lives in the United States, not Britain, and thus falls under the jurisdiction of the US courts.

He said Meghan was under consideration because she was “a close partner of Prince Andrew, and therefore is in a position to see what he has done”.

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London in July 2018

He added, “Because of her previous association with him, she may have important knowledge and she will definitely have some knowledge.

“She checked all three boxes,” he added. Mr Boies confirmed that Meghan is only “one of the people we’re thinking about, we haven’t made a decision yet.”

He added: “We will probably take one or two testimonies of people close to Andrew who will be aware of his actions. This may include his ex-wife. Could be his brother.

Clarence House has not yet commented on MailOnline about the claim relating to Charles, while a representative for the Duchess of York was also contacted today.

Geoffrey, 38, alleged that she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times in 2001, when she was just 17. Andrew vehemently denies all allegations against him.

District Judge Lewis Kaplan is scheduled to hear arguments from Duke’s legal team to dismiss the lawsuit on January 4.

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York at Royal Ascot in June 2019

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York at Royal Ascot in June 2019

If the case exceeds this point, it will enter into “full discovery” – which means that both sides will have to provide video-recorded deposits.

Mr Boies said his team could isolate up to 12 third parties as part of this phase and that they should be careful about whom they chose due to time constraints.

The Daily Beast reports that Sarah Ferguson was also on the mind but would be a more difficult target to deposit due to the fact that she lives in the UK.

“Out of respect and reverence” and because of her age, Mr Boyes said, there were no plans to impeach the Queen.

Andrew’s lawyers want the civil lawsuit dismissed, saying it was “unfounded” and adding that “sensation and insinuation prevailed over the truth”.

Ms. Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages.

Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey in London in March 2019

Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey in London in March 2019

In October, the Duke’s lawyers filed a refutation of the “worn out” complaint, enclosing media reports and Ms Joffrey’s manuscript as evidence.

Last week, the Duke failed in his attempt to get newspaper clippings that described the accused as a “money-hungry sex cat” being considered by a New York judge who is considering her case against him.

Judge Kaplan dismissed the request as a public relations stunt and refused to consider press reports or a 139-page manuscript that Joffrey wrote about Epstein.

Judge Kaplan said there was ‘no proper basis’ for consideration of the articles or the manuscript of Ms. “.

In a media report, an American newspaper quoted former friends who criticized Joffrey for bragging about her money.

Prince Andrew and his lawyers prepare for a hearing in New York in January when a judge will decide whether to allow a lawsuit against him by Jeffrey Epstein's victim Virginia Joffrey (pictured) to go to trial.  He strongly denies her allegations

Prince Andrew and his lawyers prepare for a hearing in New York in January when a judge will decide whether to allow a lawsuit against him by Jeffrey Epstein’s victim Virginia Joffrey (pictured) to go to trial. He strongly denies her allegations

In another movie, her ex-boyfriend Philip Guderion, who was with her during her time with Epstein, claimed she was “like a cape” at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion.

She had nine or ten girls who she used to bring to him. It never looked like she was being held captive.”

An interview that Geoffrey gave to The Mail on Sunday in 2011 was also offered for an alleged $160,000 as evidence.

Regarding the manuscript, the Duke’s lawyers want to use a description of a connection with Andrew in Mexico, which Ms. Giuffre later admitted did not happen, to make their case.

The Daily Telegraph reports that a judge has agreed to consider a 2009 settlement deal between Giuffre and Epstein, which the Duke’s legal team previously said absolved him of any liability.

Justice Kaplan will hear the arguments over the Duke’s motion to dismiss on January 4.

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