Meghan Markle urged to speak to police about Prince Andrew ‘if she knows anything’
Meghan must choose if she's royal says Thomas Markle
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Thomas Markle backed any attempt by Ms Giuffre’s lawyer to depose Meghan, now living in California, in connection with the civil case against the Duke of York. Judge Lewis Kaplan yesterday rejected a motion from Andrew’s legal team which would have stopped the case in its tracks, clearing the way for it to go to trial later this year.
Ms Giuffe’s lawyer, David Boies, has already suggested the Duchess of Sussex could be asked to give evidence because she spent two years living in the UK surrounded by the Royal Family.
Mr Markle, 77, told the Sun his 40-year-old daughter, who is married to Andrew’s nephew Prince Harry, was somebody who could be counted on to “tell the truth”.
He said: “Quite honestly, I feel that if Meghan knows anything about this, she should speak to law enforcement in the States.
“I know she has had some dealings with Andrew, of course she has, and if she has been to any events or venues he has, she needs to speak out.
“She has no right to refuse to do so, really.”
He stressed: “If she knows anything and has been involved in Andrew’s circle in any way, shape or form, it’s her duty to speak about it.
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“She’s not exempt from this because she’s a Duchess.
“In fact by leaving the UK and taking her prince with her she gave up the right to be a Duchess.”
Ms Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, and that Andrew had sex with her three times when she was 17-year-old.
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She claimed the incidents occurred at the London home of Maxwell, a British socialite and Epstein’s longtime associate, and at properties owned by convicted sex offender Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019.
Andrew vehemently denies the allegations, with his lawyers calling the lawsuit “baseless and accused Ms Giuffre of seeking a payday.
They also argued that Giuffre signed away her right to sue the prince in a 2009 settlement with Epstein worth $500,000, and on January 4 urged District Judge Kaplan to dismiss the lawsuit for that reason – a request he denied.
Explaining his ruling, District Judge Kaplan said it was too soon to decide whether Ms Giuffre and Epstein intended for the 2009 settlement to release Andrew.
He also said it was premature to consider the prince’s efforts to cast doubt on Giuffre’s claims, though he would be able to do so at a trial.
Andrew, 61, told the BBC’s Emily Maitlis in November 2019 that he could not have had sex with Giuffre at Maxwell’s home because he had returned to his house that night after a children’s party.
On Thursday, the Queen stripped her second-born son of his honorary military roles.
Andrew, who was born an HRH, will not use it any official capacity and the duke has also been stripped of his remaining royal patronages.
The move represents the duke’s complete removal from official royal life, and an attempt to distance the monarchy from Andrew, who was once second in line to the throne, in the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the story.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Sussexes via Archewell for comment.
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