Earlier this week, we reported that Prince Andrew had been hit with a lawsuit from Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre alleging that the royal had sex with her when she was under the age of 18.
Now, sources are saying that heir to the throne Prince Charles has turned on his younger brother, believing that his scandals are an “unsolvable problem.”
A source told U.K. Times that Andrew is currently “locked in long-distance talks” with his attorneys “as they draw up their strategy for fighting the suit.” The insider added that while Charles is worried about his brother, he’s also wary of this scandal.
“The prince loves his brother and has the ability to have sympathy for the slings and arrows that his brother endures, whatever the reasons may be,” said the palace insider. “His ability to support and feel for those having a tough time is well known.”
“However, this will be unwelcome reputational damage to the institution,” the source added. “He has long ago concluded that it is probably an unsolvable problem. This will probably further strengthen in the prince’s mind that a way back for the duke is demonstrably not possible, because the specter of this [accusation] raises its head with hideous regularity.”
Andrew stepped back from his official royal duties, but he was hoping to be able to resume them at some point.
“This is a reminder that that would be very difficult to achieve,” the insider continued.
Giuffre has told Fox News that she wants to hold Andrew “accountable.”
“Today my attorney filed suit against Prince Andrew for sexual abuse under the Child Victims Act,” she said. “As the suit lays out in detail, I was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him.”
“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” she added. “The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice.”
“I did not come to this decision lightly,” Giuffre said. “As a mother and a wife, my family comes first – and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates – but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.”
Andrew has denied the claims that Giuffre has made against him.
“It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” Andrew said. “I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”