Lawyers say it’s unlikely Prince Andrew will ever testify in lawsuit filed by an American woman who alleges that he sexually assaulted her when she was 17.

Prince Andrew is likely to do anything he can to avoid giving evidence in a United States lawsuit filed by an American woman who alleges that he sexually assaulted her when she was 17, lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic say.
Andrew may contest the US courts jurisdiction, or ignore the civil lawsuit altogether, taking a chance the court might find him in default and order him to pay damages.
No matter which way he goes, though, he will face the constant drumbeat of unsavoury media coverage.
Theres no good option, said Albert DAquino, a New York lawyer who has defended clients in similar cases.
The prince has repeatedly denied the allegations in the lawsuit, brought by one of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epsteins longtime accusers, Virginia Giuffre.
I dont think he will submit to the courts authority to order him to give a deposition, or to answer questions on which he wishes to demur, said DAquino, a partner at Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, New York.
He runs too much risk of self-incrimination, which could then spawn a criminal action against him, DAquino said.
However he decides to respond, the lawsuit filed on Monday is another unwanted story for the Queen, reminding people of Andrews links to Epstein two years after the convicted sex offenders death.
The royal family is also still recovering from allegations of racism and insensitivity levelled at them by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, earlier this year.
Buckingham Palace tried to move past the story two years ago, forcing Andrew to step away from royal duties after he gave a disastrous TV interview in which he failed to express regret over his relationship with Epstein or offer sympathy for Epsteins victims.
Lawyers for Giuffre filed the suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that Epstein forced her to have sex with Andrew in 2001, when she was 17.
The suit says she had sexual encounters with Andrew in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands, and that the prince knew she had been trafficked by Epstein.
Giuffre, 37, has made similar allegations in the past, but the lawsuit is the first time she has directly confronted Andrew in court.
Andrews representatives declined to comment on the lawsuit. In a 2019 interview with the BBC, he denied ever meeting Giuffre.
It didnt happen, he said.
I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.
David Boies, Giuffres lawyer, said his team tried to open settlement talks with Andrews lawyers but they were ignored. Because of this, he said, Giuffre was forced to file the lawsuit before the deadline set by New York state law.
There is only a small chance Giuffres lawsuit will ever be presented to a judge or jury because most civil cases in the US, especially high profile ones, are settled out of court, said Arick Fudali, a lawyer at The Bloom Firm, which has represented some of Epsteins victims.
The lawsuit does, however, increase pressure to settle the case.
It certainly puts his name back in the news, back in the international news, back in American news and back associated with Jeffery Epstein, Fudali told the BBC.
But DAquino said a settlement is unlikely at this point.
If Andrew had wanted to settle the case, he would have done so before the lawsuit was filed when it could have been handled privately and kept out of the press, he said.