The BBC’s royal correspondent has suggested that the road back to public life for Prince Andrew is to become an activist against sex trafficking.
Nicholas Witchell was speaking on the channel about the future of the Duke of York after agreeing to an out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre in a civil sexual abuse case in the United States.
Witchell admitted it was difficult to see a future for the Queen’s son in the public domain.
“And Andrews’ future?” asked the BBC News reporter. “Could there be a return to a public role?
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“I have to say it’s hard right now to see one.”
Witchell said Prince Andrew had “poor judgement” and a “poor choice of friends”.
He continued, “And the blunt fact is anyone really want it? Would any charities and his regiments etc. want to be associated with him after all this?
Nicholas Witchell suggests a return to public life for Andrew could campaign for victims of sex trafficking. I’m not sure to see it, personally! pic.twitter.com/toooVppG0o
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“For all of this there is no admission of responsibility.”
Witchell then suggested a return route for the Duke: “Maybe the answer is, like [Prince Andrew] says at the end of this statement, for him, as he says, to be committed to supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims, maybe that gives him the best, maybe even the only way back. ”
The BBC journalist was criticized for his remarks, with one viewer calling it an “unbearable” response.
Another suggested it was a ‘sick suggestion’ while another said ‘there is no turning back’ for the Duke.
One person said the comment “blew me away” and another responded to the clip by saying “you’re kidding”.
The remark comes after the Duke of York agreed to make a ‘substantial donation’ to Virginia Giuffre’s charity after the couple agreed to an undisclosed out-of-court settlement in their civil claim against him.
In a letter submitted on behalf of both parties to the United States District Court on Tuesday, Andrew’s legal representatives said he had “never intended to disparage the character of Giuffre” and that he “regrets its association” with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The deal says the Duke will donate to a victims’ rights charity and has pledged to ‘demonstrate regret for his association with Epstein’ by supporting the ‘fight against the evils of sex trafficking’ and supporting its victims”.
From left to right: Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell
Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, sued Andrew in her home country of the United States for damages, claiming she was trafficked by friend Jeffrey Epstein. of Andrew, for having sex with the royal when she was 17, a minor under US law. .
Although the parties have settled the case, the agreement is not an admission of guilt on the Duke’s part and he has always vigorously denied the allegations made against him.
An attachment to the letter announcing the settlement gave brief details of the settlement between Andrew and Giuffre but said the sum would not be disclosed.
It read: ‘Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an amicable settlement.
“The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon receipt by Ms. Giuffre of the settlement (the amount of which is not disclosed).
“Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms Giuffre’s victims’ rights charity.
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“Prince Andrew never intended to slander Ms Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unjust public attacks.
“Jeffrey Epstein is known to have trafficked countless young girls over many years.
“Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein and hails the bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors who stood up for themselves and others.
“He pledges to show his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the harms of sex trafficking and supporting its victims.”
Responding to the settlement, one of Giuffre’s attorneys, David Boies, said, “I think this event speaks for itself.”