Prince Andrew is considering dismissing his legal team because he doesn’t like their strategy of refusing to publicly respond to sex assault claims, sources say.
A royal insider told The Mirror that the Duke of York has held crisis talks with his inner circle over the issue.
Virginia Giuffre, the accuser of the Duke of York, alleges that she was forced into having sex in 2001 with him.
She claims she was being trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – a former associate of Prince Andrew – at the time.
Ms Giuffre has been pursuing the Duke via the US civil courts.
According to reports, the 61-year old is afraid that the legal battle that will ensue could last years and cost millions of dollars.
After the infamous Newsnight interview which saw the royal grilled over his relationship with billionaire Epstein, he hired criminal defence solicitor Gary Bloxsome from Blackfords law firm.
But the lawyer is said to have clashed with the prince when Andrew wanted his team to respond to Ms Giuffre’s civil lawsuit with a public denial and they overruled him, the source claims
Prince Andrew has always denied the allegations.
A source close to him said: “The plan, if you can call it a plan, has been shambolic from the start.
“Now it’s all come to a head. He is extremely worried and the crisis talks are so he can get off the back foot. He knows he’s in a full-on crisis.
“The damage to his reputation is there for all to see but now he’s feeling the pressure from his family, though none of them have become directly involved.
“The whole thing’s a disaster.”
Last week, the High Court in London accepted a request from Ms Giuffre’s lawyer to formally contact the Duke about the legal proceedings.
But it is understood the prince’s legal team is still trying to resist the decision and has repeatedly tried to squash attempts to serve the official papers.
Andrew did not comment.
Blackfords legal company did not respond.
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