Prince Andrew: Should he step down as patron of more than 20 golf clubs?

The Duke's lawyers are trying to convince a US judge to throw out a civil lawsuit against him today...

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Tue, 4 Jan 2022

Prince Andrew: Should he step down as patron of more than 20 golf clubs?

Prince Andrew's lawyers are currently trying to persuade a judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him.

The Duke of York is currently embroiled in a civil claim alleging he abused Virginia Roberts Giuffre. 

Andrew denies claims that he had sex with the then 17-year old in London, New York and Jeffrey Epstein's property in the US Virgin Island. 

Today the Duke's legal team will argue that the claim should be thrown out as it is "baseless". 

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The hearing, which will be held by video conference, comes a day after a 12-page settlement document was made public. 

It was revealed Giuffre was paid £500,000 in 2009 in return for her silence. 

The prince's lawyers are expected to argue he can no longer be sued.

Giuffre has previously told how she was trafficked by Ghislaine Maxwell - now a convicted sex offender - when she was 17. 

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Andrew infuriated members of the public in 2019 when he took a £16,000 flight on the taxpayers' dime to watch the 2019 Open.

Shane Lowry won and the Duke, now 61, insisted he had no other means to get there and was a spectator as part of his patronage.

Prince Andrew is currently the patron of more than 20 golf clubs. 

Some have severed ties with him while others clubs have removed pictures of the Duke from their clubhouses. 

In May it was reported than more than 50 charities have severed ties with him.

Those who have removed the Duke as patron include the Berkshire County Cricket Club.

The Whitgift School in Croydon is also reported to have severed ties, as has the Golf Foundation.

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