Giuffre, now 38, has long alleged that she was coerced into sex with the Duke of York at the age of 17 by two of his associates – the disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

Andrew's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Kaplan ’ s decision.

Epstein, a convicted sex offender, killed himself in a New York jail in summer 2019 pending trial on sex-trafficking charges.

maxwell was found guilty last month of recruiting and trafficking young girls for epstein.

In her civil case, Ms Giuffre alleges that the prince sexually abused her three times- at Maxwell's London home that night, and later at Epstein's homes in Manhattan and Little St James in the Virgin Islands.

andrew was not named in this settlement.

His legal team asked Kaplan to throw out Giuffre's suit on several grounds.

Kaplan rejected the vagary-based claim and said it would be premature for him to decide on what, exactly, the 2009 settlement meant for Andrew.

“ If it were clear that the settlement agreement covered the prince, he could have dismissed the case, but he chose not to.

Victims might not want to testify in public about sexual abuse.

The case will go ahead and the options for the Prince are now to try to settle out of court, or defend himself before a jury.

He is also being asked to provide proof that he was indeed at the Pizza Express in Woking on the night he is alleged to have had sex with her.

But his lawyers' efforts to have the case thrown out at an early stage have so far failed, putting a civil trial in New York in the autumn on the horizon.

"Through that time they were asking me questions about who I was.

In 2015, Ms Giuffre filed a defamation case against Maxwell after she accused her of being a liar.

Maxwell has denied assaulting her.

after going to a nightclub, ms giuffre, as maxwell smiles in the background.

She said she convinced the wealthy financier to pay for her to get training to become a real professional masseuse and he arranged for her to take a class in Thailand.

"There are so many more people involved with this," she said.

He has consistently denied all the sex allegations made by Virginia Giuffre and had banked on his stunningly expensive lawyers to find a way of stopping her lawsuit from progressing.

Whatever the outcome, and whether or not a jury finds Prince Andrew did as Giuffre alleges, the damage to his reputation is incalculable and irreparable.

It's more than a decade since the rumours first began to circulate about his unsavoury friendship with Epstein.

But surely she needs to know the truth.

The legal bills are soaring and will continue to do so in the coming months.

He has just lost his latest legal battle after Manhattan federal court judge Lewis Kaplan ’ s ruling today that the sexual abuse lawsuit against him should proceed to trial, despite his lawyers advancing a variety of technical arguments, including that Virginia Giuffre no longer lives in the US, that she agreed in a 2009 deal not to pursue claims against certain other people, and that the court summons had not been properly served.

He now faces a long trial that is likely to cause considerable reputational damage to the royal family in a year when everyone was supposed to be celebrating the Queen ’ s platinum jubilee.

After all, this is what happens in the vast majority of civil litigations in the US, particularly after the attrition of a drawn-out court case begins to bite.

The situation of his Uncle Andrew is obviously much more serious and more difficult to decouple.

Today's ruling represents a victory for Giuffre ’ s team and, from her point of view, a positive step.

The fact that he had numbered among his friends two people who were convicted sex criminals would tarnish his name for ever.

Whatever the difficulties, the palace may have to find some way to "de-royal" him – he is for all intents and purposes an ex-royal and faces a lot of sweating in the year to come.

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