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ROYALS’ FEAR Prince Charles and William ‘in bid to stop Andrew fighting sex abuse case in court’

To spare the family further embarrassment, royal sources believe Princes Charles (73), and William (39), are urging him to drop the case.

And Virginia Roberts Giuffre claimed Duke of York Andrew not testifying in person was a “devastating tactical error”.

Andrew, 61, has requested for a jury trial in New York this fall to clear his name of sexually abusing former Jeffrey Epstein sex slave Miss Giuffre, 38.

His attorneys hope to persuade the judge to allow him to appear via video-link from his Windsor mansion.

They don’t want a recurrence of his infamous 2019 Newsnight interview in which he denied meeting Miss Giuffre.

After the Newsnight vehicle crash, no one wants a seven-hour deposition, a Royal source told The Sun. It might be far worse if he went to court, and senior royals were horrified to learn he wanted a jury trial.

“The quickest resolution is beneficial for everyone. The Queen, 95, was seen for the first time since Andrew requested a jury trial. She was seen being driven back to Wood Farm, Norfolk.

Luckily for the Queen, his testimony won’t be aired until her 70th anniversary in June.

It must be filed by July 14 but not released until the trial.

Miss Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, said Judge Lewis A. Kaplan might summon the Duke.

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“The judge decides.”

“I anticipate him to appear at trial,” he added.

“It would be a disastrous tactical error for him to simply ignore the jury and not turn up.”