Giuffre, who has also alleged that Epstein and Maxwell sexually abused her, said they had coerced her into having sex with Andrew in London.

Giuffre's lawsuit against Prince Andrew can move forward, Manhattan federal judge Lewis Kaplan ruled on Wednesday morning, noting it was too early to make a determination on the duke ’ s attempts to undermine Giuffre ’ s claims.

Prince Andrew's legal team had argued in court papers and proceedings that Giuffre ’ s 2009 settlement with Epstein shielded the duke from her lawsuit.

Andrew was not mentioned by name in this settlement.

The royal has consistently denied her allegations of sexual abuse.

Kaplan's decision deals yet another blow to the embattled British prince, whose reputation and standing within the royal family has been saddled by his ties to Epstein and Maxwell.

Maxwell was found guilty last month of recruiting and trafficking young girls for Epstein to abuse, and is awaiting sentencing.

Prince Andrew said in a disastrous BBC interview that Giuffre's statement about his perspiration could not be true, claiming : "I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don ’ t sweat or I didn ’ t sweat at the time."

Sigrid McCawley, one of Giuffre's lawyers, said of Kaplan ’ s ruling : "Today ’ s decision by Judge Kaplan denying Prince Andrew ’ s effort to dismiss Virginia Giuffre ’ s case against him is another important step in Virginia ’ s heroic and determined pursuit of justice as a survivor of sex trafficking."

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

In 2001, then aged 17, she says Epstein brought her to London and introduced her to Prince Andrew.

after going to a nightclub, ms giuffre says she was told by 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.

Following the ruling against Maxwell last month, Ms Giuffre told New York Magazine "it's definitely not over".

The Duke of York will be hurting.

After a tense week of waiting for a judge in New York to decide his fate, he now faces the prospect of a full-blown civil trial conducted in a blaze of publicity.

They claimed that a settlement she reached with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein meant she couldn't take action against Prince Andrew.

But Judge Lewis Kaplan was not persuaded that the case should be thrown out.

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

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.

And his relationship with Epstein's former lover, Ghislaine Maxwell – now a convicted sex offender herself – goes back a great deal further.

All this is extremely embarrassing for the Queen at the start of what should be a year of celebration for her Platinum Jubilee.

But surely she needs to know the truth.

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

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.

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.

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

There is no way back for Andrew.

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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