Virginia Giuffre, who said the Duke of York sexually assaulted her when she was 17, has reportedly agreed to write a book about what happened.
No one knows which publisher bought the rights to Giuffre’s story, but the New York Post said that multiple sources confirmed the book deal.
It comes after reports that Prince Andrew is thinking about going to court to overturn the multimillion-pound settlement he made with Giuffre last year to stop the case she brought against him from going to a civil trial.
Andrew has always and strongly denied doing anything wrong. He also says he has never met Giuffre. In the agreement, he agreed to pay Giuffre millions of pounds in damages and to give money to a charity “to support the rights of victims.”
The out-of-court settlement, which did not include an admission of wrongdoing, reportedly kept Giuffre from talking publicly about her claims until after the late Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations ended last summer.
Sources close to the book deal told the press that it is “unlikely” that Giuffre will be able to write about Andrew or the terms of their settlement in any book she writes.
But any book by Giuffre will still be seen as “embarrassing” for the royal family, royal sources told the New York Post. This is because the Duke of Sussex’s explosive memoir Spare came out in early January.
It would also put a damper on the celebrations for King Charles III’s coronation, which will happen on a long weekend in May. One source said that Andrew will be invited to the coronation but “will not be invited onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace.”
Andrew’s ego is already hurt, and he is said to be having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that he is no longer in public office. Last year, the duke also lost his military titles and royal patronages, and he can no longer be called “His Royal Highness” (HRH).
Sources close to the disgraced prince are worried that he is avoiding his friends and “becoming a recluse” because he is planning to fight the settlement he made with Giuffre and may try to get an apology.
Friends of Andrew told The Independent that he is “alone” in Royal Lodge in Windsor and has only been talking to his lawyer about his decisions.
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“There are worries that he is only talking to his lawyer and making decisions alone,” a source said. “He doesn’t talk to anyone, which makes him feel very alone. It seems like he’s becoming a recluse.”
The Independent has asked Giuffre’s representatives for their thoughts.