The Queen Was In The Counting House Counting Out Her Money:

Queen ‘personally paid £2m to Virginia Roberts’s charity’ as part of Andrew’s £12m settlement – as calls grow for full disclosure about where the money to pay-off rape accuser has been found

  • The Duke of York agreed to an out-of-court settlement with Roberts yesterday, reportedly worth up to £12m 

  • Royal aides have previously refused to say whether the agreement will be partly funded by the monarch 

  • Reports now claim she will help the Duke, providing she isn’t linked to any personal payment to Miss Roberts

The Queen personally made a £2million payment to Virginia Roberts’ charity as part of Prince Andrew’s £12m settlement, according to reports – as calls grow for a full disclosure about where the money to pay off his accuser has been found.  

Royal aides had earlier refused to say whether the settlement will be partly funded by the monarch, but she is understood to have agreed to help the Duke of York, providing she was not linked to any personal payment to Miss Roberts.

A source told the Mirror: ‘She could not be seen to be making a payment to a victim of sexual assault, who accused her son of being an abuser. But a deal was structured in such a way to arrange a sizeable financial contribution to the settlement by way of a charitable donation instead.’

Furthermore, despite growing pressure for him to be stripped of his titles, Andrew is expected to be allowed to remain as Queen’s Counsellor of State and keep his dukedom and service rank of Vice-Admiral. 

It came amid claims Andrew was offered a ‘bridging loan’ by Prince Charles and the Queen so his US lawyers could do a quick deal with Ms Roberts, now known by her married name Giuffre. The Duke of York’s mother and older brother reportedly met last week before Charles wrote to his younger sibling urging him to ‘see sense’ and ‘shut it down’.

An insider told The Sun: ‘Charles wrote to Andrew asking for him to ‘see sense’. Charles and the Queen prepared a bridging loan so that Andrew’s lawyers could confidently make the offer. This means it goes away before the deposition date on March 10 and crucially before the service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh, which Andrew will attend as a family member.’ 

It comes as politicians and campaigners have insisted on ‘full transparency’ over whether public money will be involved in the settlement. 

Miss Roberts – who brought the lawsuit under her married name Giuffre – has alleged she was forced to have sex with the duke three times when she was 17 under the orders of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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