London: The Duchess of Sussex could be called as a witness in a civil suit against the Duke of York brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
David Boies, the lawyer representing Giuffre, said the Meghan Markle “is somebody we can count on to tell the truth”.
Prince Andrews could also be dragged into the case, Boies suggested.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.Credit:AP
Boies said there were three reasons Meghan may be called upon. “One, she is in the US so we have jurisdiction over her.
“Two, she is somebody who obviously, at least for a period of time, was a close associate of Prince Andrew and hence is in a position to perhaps have seen what he did, and perhaps if not to have seen what he did, to have heard people talk about it.
“Because of her past association with him, she may very well have important knowledge, and will certainly have some knowledge.”
Prince Andrew denies having had sex with Virginia Giuffre when she was 17. Giuffre says she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein to sleep with the duke.Credit:AP, BBC
“Three, she is somebody who we can count on to tell the truth. She checks all three boxes,” he told the US news site the Daily Beast.
There is, however, no evidence to suggest that the Duchess was a “close associate” of Prince Andrew or has any information concerning the allegations. Prince Andrew was familiar with financier Jeffrey Epstein and sex offender who died in 2019.
If Markle were to be called, she would be required by law to co-operate as she is an American citizen and the case has been brought in the US.
“We would likely take one or two depositions of people close to Andrew who would have knowledge of his actions,” he said.
“That might include his ex-wife. It could possibly be his brother.”
Clarence House declined to comment but is understood to consider the prospect unlikely.
It would certainly be unwelcome, as Prince Charlies, like all senior royals, is keen to keep his distance from the scandal.
Boies has previously indicated that he planned to call two British witnesses to support Giuffre’s case.
Prince Andrew pictured with Virginia Giuffre at the home of Ghislaine Maxwell (right) in London in 2001.
He said he was prepared to subpoena the Sarah, Duchess of York or the couple’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Giuffre, 38, claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times when she was 17. Prince Andrew denies the allegations.
Boies said he was hoping to depose between 10 and 12 individuals, but said he was unlikely to request to depose the Queen “out of respect.”
In a related trial, Ghislaine Maxwell remains in jail without a resolution to her sex trafficking trial as a jury ended an abbreviated first week of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict.
The jury finished a second full day of considering the British socialite’s fate on charges alleging that she recruited and groomed teenage girls for financier Epstein to sexually abuse over a 10-year period from 1994 to 2004. Jurors will return on Monday.
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