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Prince Charles accepted suitcase with 1 million euros from Qatari sheikh, Sunday Times reports

Prince Charles at a reception at Cambridge University in November 2021.

Clarence House said Prince Charles received charitable donations and the correct processes were followed regarding those donations after a British newspaper reported the Prince of Wales once accepted a suitcase containing €1 million ($1.05 million) in cash from a Qatari politician.

According to the Sunday Times, the suitcase containing €1 million in cash was one of three lots of cash he personally received, totaling €3 million, from former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani between 2011 and 2015. CNN has not independently verified The Sunday Times report.
“Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were aldo shoes passed immediately to one of the Prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate governance and have assured us that all the correct processes were followed,” Clarence House told CNN in a statement.
The Sunday Times reported on one occasion, Sheikh Hamad gave Prince Charles €1 million reportedly stuffed into carrier bags from the upmarket London department store, Fortnum and Mason.
On another occasion, Prince Charles accepted a duffel bag containing €1 million during a private one-on-one meeting at Clarence House in 2015, the Sunday Times reports.
The Sunday Times reports the payments were deposited into the accounts of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF), an entity that bankrolls the prince’s private projects and his country estate in Scotland.
A royal source tells CNN they dispute many of the details in the Sunday Times report. The royal source said they do not dispute the fact of the charitable donations and asserted that all the correct processes were followed from what they have looked at, from over a decade ago. They add the report contained several mistakes, and their lawyers are involved.

Prince Charles meets genocide survivors in Rwanda

The altar of Nyamata Church is draped with a bloodstained cloth. Its pews are gone; in their place stand rows and rows of clothing and personal effects which belonged to the people massacred here 28 years ago. The roof above is peppered with holes caused by shrapnel, after perpetrators in the killings threw grenades into the building.

In 1994, Hutu extremists in Rwanda targeted minority ethnic Tutsis and aldo shoes moderate Hutus in a three-month killing spree that left an estimated 800,000 people dead, though local estimates are higher.
In the basement below the church — which today stands as a memorial to the 1994 genocide — the skulls of unidentified Tutsi men are suspended above the coffin of a woman from the same ethnic group who died following an act of barbarous sexual violence.
Attackers targeted churches like this one, on the outskirts of the capital Kigali. More than 10,000 people were killed here over two days, according to the memorial’s manager Rachel Murekatete. A mass grave behind the building is the final resting place of more than 45,000 people from the surrounding area killed in the violence.
Clothes and other belongings of victims at the Nyamata Church Genocide Memorial.

Prince Charles appeared visibly moved as he was shown around the church grounds on Wednesday, where even now bodies discovered elsewhere are being brought, as former attackers identify other gravesites as part of the reconciliation process that began in 1999.
The heir to the British throne is in Rwanda for a Commonwealth leaders’ summit later this week. but his trip comes at an awkward time as a furor over the UK government’s radical plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda has erupted back home.
Britain’s government announced the deal with the east African country in April, but the inaugural flight a week ago was grounded after an 11th-hour intervention by the European Court of Human Rights. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also confirmed to attend the summit of Commonwealth leaders and is expected to meet with Prince Charles on Friday morning.
After being shown the grave site, the 73-year-old royal laid a wreath in honor of the victims buried here. On its card, a note from the royal written in the local Kinyarwanda language: “We will always remember the innocent souls that were killed in the Genocide Against the Tutsi in April 1994. Be strong Rwanda. Charles”
The royal then visited Mbyo reconciliation village, one of eight similar villages in Rwanda, where survivors and perpetrators of the genocide live alongside each other. The perpetrators publicly apologize for their crimes, while survivors profess forgiveness.
Prince Charles looks at the skulls of victims of the massacre.

Prince Charles meeting a genocide survivor at the Mybo reconciliation village.

The first day of his visit to Rwanda was heavily focused on learning more about the massacres nearly three decades ago. Rwandan footballer and genocide survivor Eric Murangwa had encouraged the prince to include Nyamata during his three-day visit to the country.
“We are currently living in what we call ‘the last stage veja sneakers of genocide’ which is denial. And having someone like Prince Charles visiting Rwanda and visiting the memorial … highlights how the country has managed to recover from that terrible past,” he told CNN earlier this month during a Buckingham Palace reception celebrating the contributions of people from across the Commonwealth.
Earlier Wednesday, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall met Rwanda’s President Kagame and first lady Jeannette Kagame and visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial and museum at Gisozi, where a quarter of a million people are interred.
“This memorial is a place of remembrance, a place where survivors and visitors come and pay respect of the victims of genocide against Tutsi,” says Freddy Mutanguha, the site’s director and a genocide survivor himself. “More than 250,000 victims were buried in this memorial and their bodies were collected in different places … and this place [has] become a final destination for our beloved ones, our families.”
Genocide survivor Freddy Mutanguha, director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial and museum.

Those families include his own, who once lived in the city of Kibuye in the country’s western province.
Mutanguha told CNN he heard as attackers murdered his parents and siblings during the genocide, saying: “I was in hiding but I could hear their voices actually until they finished. I survived with my sister, but I lost four sisters as well.”
Clarence House doesn't deny report that Prince Charles finds UK's plan to send migrants to Rwanda 'appalling'
Keeping their memory alive is now what drives his mission at the memorial.
“This is a very important place for me as a survivor because apart from being where we buried our family, my mom is down here in one of the mass graves, it’s a home for me, but also [it’s] a place where I work and I feel that responsibility. As a survivor I have to speak out, I have to tell the truth of what happened to my family, my country and to the Tutsi people,” he continues.
Graves at the Kigali Memorial for Victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Mutanguha was keen to welcome Prince Charles to learn more about what happened here and help counter a growing online threat from genocide deniers, which he compares to holocaust denial.
A hostel that housed Rwanda genocide survivors prepares to take in people deported by the UK
“That’s what actually concerns me because when the Holocaust happened, people didn’t learn from the past. When the genocide against Tutsi happened, you can see the deniers of the genocide … mainly those who committed genocide — they feel they can do it again because they didn’t finish the job. So, me telling the story, working here and receiving visitors, probably we can make the ‘never again’ the reality.”
A spokesperson for Clarence House said the royal couple nobull shoes were struck by how important it is to never forget the horrors of the past. “But also were deeply moved as they listened to people who have found ways of living with and even forgiving the most appalling crimes,” they added.
Prince Charles arrived in Rwanda on Tuesday night — the first member of the royal family to visit the country. He is in Kigali representing the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The meeting is usually held every two years but was rescheduled twice due to the pandemic. It is the first CHOGM he is attending since being selected as the organization’s next head at the 2018 gathering.

Why is Prince Charles headed to Rwanda?

The British royals are going back on tour, after two visits to the Caribbean earlier this year that were marred by anti-monarchy, anti-colonialism demonstrations.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were caught out by photo ops that some criticized for their colonialist undertones. The Prime Minister of Jamaica told the couple in public that his country would be “moving on.” Prince William later conceded that foreign tours were an “opportunity to reflect.”
A follow-up visit to the region by the Earl and Countess of Wessex then had to be rearranged to avoid Grenada, where there have been calls for the UK to pay reparations for slavery. There were concerns in the government that the issue could overshadow the visit.
A visit to Canada by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall last month was less contentious — while there is a republican movement there, it isn’t rooted to the same extent in issues of slavery and race.
The heir to the throne may be under more scrutiny in Africa next week, when he attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. While the Queen is the head of the Commonwealth, the role is purely ceremonial and the UK has no more power within the grouping than any other country.
Charles will represent her, which will help prepare everyone for the time when he takes over as head. The question that inevitably surfaces is whether he will be as effective as his mother, but he’s no doubt used to that. The more profound question that comes up is whether, with its origins in the British Empire, the Commonwealth is still relevant.
The Queen and Prince Charles at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in 2018.

The location of the 2022 meeting may provide one argument in favor of the organization. The host, Rwanda, only joined the group in 2009 and has no historical ties to the UK. In fact, this will be the first time a member of the royal family has set foot in the country.
“My wife and I much look forward to meeting Commonwealth leaders and, for the first time, being able to visit Rwanda,” Charles said ahead of the visit. “Over the years, I have learned a great deal from the ideas, concerns and aspirations which people across the Commonwealth have so generously shared.”
There will be other engagements built around the main event. Charles will visit a college and a wildlife sanctuary, and attend summits on sustainable business and tropical disease. Camilla will go to a library and later give a speech on violence against women and girls. Together they will lay a wreath at the Genocide Memorial and meet both survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 massacre of Tutsis.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also be attending “CHOGM,” as the meeting is known. He won’t be able to avoid questions on his asylum policy, following a storm back home. He has tried and failed — so far — to get legal clearance to fly people seeking asylum in Britain to Rwanda for processing, with successful applicants granted asylum there instead. Charles reportedly described the plan as “appalling.” Photographers will be looking for any signs of tension between the two, though the prince will be keen to avoid any accusations of political interference.
For the inside track on the Rwanda tour, look no further than this newsletter. We will be traveling with Charles and Camilla to and from Kigali. See you back here next week…

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

The Queen hits another milestone!
There were no bells and whistles this time round but Queen Elizabeth II quietly broke yet another record in the past week. On Sunday, she officially became the second longest-serving monarch in world history. The Queen overtook Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died aged 88, having achieved 70 years and 126 days on the throne between 1946 and 2016. In case you’re wondering, the record for longest-ever reign belongs to Louis XIV of France. He ruled for 72 years, 110 days, from 14 May 1643 to 1 September 1715.
The Queen smiles during a Platinum Jubilee appearance in early June.

William and Kate attend Grenfell memorial service.
The Cambridges paid their respects to bereaved relatives and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire on Tuesday — exactly five years to the day after the tragedy. The pair chatted with attendees before taking a seat for the multi-faith service at the foot of the building. They joined the congregation in a 72-second silence in memory of the 72 victims who perished in the fire that tore through the west London high-rise. Following the memorial service, the couple laid a wreath in honor of the victims. Back in 2017, William accompanied his grandmother to the site to meet members of the community affected by the blaze.
The Cambridges mark the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14 in London, England.

DON’T MISS

Ahead of Prince Charles’ visit to Rwanda, two daughters have written a plea to the heir to the British throne for CNN. Carine and Anaïse Kanimba are the adopted daughters of Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda.” He was convicted of terrorism-related charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison last September, in what his supporters said was a politically motivated show trial. The US State Department said last month that Rusesabagina had been “wrongfully detained.” In an op-ed for CNN, his daughters are asking the visiting royal “not to remain silent” and “to not shake the hand of the tyrant who is holding our father as a political prisoner.”
Read their message for Prince Charles here.

ROYAL TEA BREAK

Most of us have read the tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. At the very least you’ve probably seen the 1963 Disney classic “The Sword in the Stone.” Well, it turns out the Arthurian legend has even had a few blue-blooded fans over the centuries. In fact, King Edward III was so taken with it that nearly 700 years ago he created his own group of chivalrous knights — the Order of the Garter.
Now, this elite institution still exists, and every June it gathers for the annual Garter Day procession at Windsor, after which new members are welcomed into the fold, a lunch is put on and then it’s over to St. George’s Chapel for a service. The event is pretty spectacular, as traditionally the Queen and the knights — who are now both male and female — don fabulously grand velvet robes with plumed hats for the parade. Members of the order — 24 in total, as well as certain royal family members — are personally chosen by the sovereign, in recognition of an individual’s service to the nation through public office or to the monarch personally.
The Duchess of Cornwall was installed in the Order of the Garter this year.

This year’s event caused a bit of a stir as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was invested as a member of the Order of the Garter, becoming “Sir Tony.” Beyond the castle’s walls, Stop the War activists and members of the Free Assange movement protested the former leader’s appointment to the country’s most senior order of chivalry, chanting “war criminal” and holding placards. Separately, there was some royal drama after it was revealed Prince Andrew had been blocked from attending parts of the day. A royal source told CNN Monday that the embattled royal would only be going to the private events and would not be seen in public, in what was understood to be a “family decision.”
Max went deeper into Britain’s oldest and most senior order of chivalry over on TikTok:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Prince Charles peeks at the ponies as he and Camilla — along with several other members of the royal family — enjoyed a day at the races for Royal Ascot 2022. Sadly, the Queen wasn’t in attendance, due to her mobility problems, and was probably watching from the comfort of her Windsor home down the road, especially as she had a couple of horses running on Gold Cup day. Both ended up coming second in their races but the events would have still delighted the monarch, according to her racing manager, John Warren.
He told Britain’s PA Media news agency that he was “disappointed for Her Majesty” but “she gets it.” He explained that horses are “her passion, and the Queen would have absorbed everything that was there to be seen. She is so engaged in it that it is nice to know that she is probably seeing more than we do!”

“If we come together to raise the importance of early childhood development, we’ll soon see that healthy, happy individuals make for a healthier, happier world. Which is why every second we spend with a child, is an investment in our collective future.”

The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate, who founded the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood last year, made the remarks as the organization unveiled new research into public perceptions of early childhood development on Thursday. One of the findings revealed that while nine in 10 agree on the importance of early years in shaping a person’s future, less than a fifth recognize the “unique” importance of the period between 0 and 5. Alongside the new research, the duchess hosted a roundtable discussion with representatives from the early years sector, including the UK Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid and Minister for Families Will Quince.

Clarence House doesn’t deny report that Prince Charles finds UK’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda ‘appalling’

Clarence House said it would not comment on what it calls “supposed anonymous private conversations with The Prince of Wales” after British newspaper The Times reported that Prince Charles privately described the UK government’s controversial plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda “appalling.”

“He said he was more than disappointed at the policy,” The Times reported, quoting an anonymous source. “He said he thinks the government’s whole approach is appalling.”
CNN has not independently verified The Times report.
Clarence House told CNN in a statement that the Prince of Wales remains politically neutral.
“We would not comment on supposed anonymous private conversations with The Prince of Wales, except to restate that he remains politically neutral. Matters of policy are decisions for Government,” Clarence House said.
Prince Charles fears the controversial policy could overshadow the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in Kigali, Rwanda, the Times reports.
The Times reported the Prince of Wales feared the controversial policy would loom over the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit taking place later this month in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is expected to represent Queen Elizabeth II.
In response to The Times report, a UK government spokesperson told CNN in a statement: “Our world-leading Partnership with Rwanda will see those making dangerous, unnecessary and illegal journeys to the UK relocated there to have their claims considered and rebuild their lives. There is no one single solution to the global migration crisis, but doing nothing is not an option and this partnership will help break the business model of criminal gangs and prevent loss of life.”
“Rwanda is a fundamentally safe and secure country with a track record of supporting asylum seekers and we are confident the agreement is fully compliant with all national and international law,” the statement adds.
The UK government announced in April that it had agreed a deal to send asylum-seekers to the East African country, in a move that it insisted was aimed at disrupting people-smuggling networks and deterring migrants from making the dangerous Channel crossing to England from Europe.
On Friday, the UK’s plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda as early as next week was green-lit, after the High Court in London denied an injunction brought by campaigners to block the first flight due to leave on Tuesday.
The Home Office’s scheme is under judicial review at the Royal Courts, where a ruling on its legality is expected in late July.
Human Rights groups have said they will appeal the decision. Care4Calais, one of the human rights groups that brought the initial challenge to block the deportations, said they have been given permission to appeal the ruling on Monday.

Prince Andrew has settled with the woman who accused him of sex abuse. Where does he go from here?

And just like that it’s all over. Britain’s Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son, has reached a deal with Virginia Giuffre to settle her civil sex abuse lawsuit against him.

Giuffre alleges she was trafficked by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and forced to perform sex acts with his friends, including the senior royal. She also said the Duke of York had been aware she was underage in the US at the time.
Giuffre brought the case last August under the Child Victims Act, a state law enacted in New York in 2019 which temporarily extended the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases, giving survivors more time to seek justice.
Andrew, 61, repeatedly rejected the allegations against him. Just weeks ago, his lawyers had demanded a jury trial to clear their client’s name.
But now the looming courtroom showdown is off. On Tuesday, the two sides reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed figure.
In a letter to federal Judge Lewis Kaplan, the parties stated that while the full financial terms of the agreement hey dude would not be revealed, “Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.”
According to the court document filed by Giuffre’s attorneys, the parties plan to file a stipulation of dismissal of the case within 30 days.
So, with news of the case’s pending conclusion, let’s unpack a few things.
Andrew has claimed to have no recollection of ever meeting Giuffre or of posing for the infamous photo showing the royal with his arm around the teenager.
A photograph appearing to show Prince Andrew with Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre and, in the background, Ghislaine Maxwell.

His lawyers have spent months trying to undermine Giuffre, arguing her claims were motivated by money. They wrote in a blistering court filing in October that: “Giuffre has initiated this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to achieve another payday at his expense.”
And while Andrew neither confirmed nor denied Giuffre’s claims in Tuesday’s court filing, he has now agreed to a likely multi-million dollar settlement with a woman who leveled grave accusations of sexual abuse against the senior royal.
UK newspapers twisted the knife on Wednesday with numerous headlines suggesting the deal amounted to anywhere between £10 and 12 million ($13-$16 million). The Daily Mail splashed with “Duke’s final ‘£10 million humiliation,” The Sun red wing boots newspaper ran with “His final disgrace,” while The Daily Telegraph reported “Queen to help pay for £12m settlement.”
Questions over how Andrew will foot the bill remain. There have been suggestions that the Queen may contribute — but that could be damaging for the monarch, were it ever to be confirmed.
To date, the Queen has largely avoided becoming the target of public anger over the saga that has engulfed her son. She remains revered, and ‘the firm’ has gone to great lengths to distance itself from the civil suit.
The Queen and her son chat at the Windsor Horse Show in 2017.

A closer look at the phrasing of the document is also revealing. It states that “Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms. Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks.”
His team is now recognizing her trauma and praising her bravery at coming forward.
“Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others,” the document continues.
Royals hope for jubilee reset after tumultuous 12 months
One of the big criticisms of Prince Andrew has been over his lack of empathy for Epstein’s victims. Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, had provided a view of the case from her perspective in January when he told the BBC it was important to his client that the matter “be resolved in a way that vindicates her and vindicates the other victims.” Sigrid McCawley, another attorney for Giuffre, said Tuesday that she was “very pleased with the resolution” of the lawsuit.
Then there’s the question of why this has happened now. The settlement comes at a crucial juncture in the case, as it moved into the discovery stage, during which both sides could demand disclosure of documents and the parties involved would have had to sit for depositions.
Andrew was less than a month away from having to give a statement under oath to Giuffre’s lawyers, who were reportedly planning to fly to London to question him in person. If ever there was a moment to strike a deal, this was it.
Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein (far right) pictured together at the Ascot horse races.

CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson says it was “a significant development and off ramp” for the duke as with litigation “you always will have revelations that occur.”
“In depositions, for example, where you raise your hand and you swear to tell the truth … in the event that he perjures himself, he opens himself up to some other issues and then obviously it stays in the news,” he continues.
“Not to mention a legal perspective, where after depositions, after discovery, and you go to court and you could lose, and that’s when all types of details may come out that you may not want.”
Jackson thinks the duke was left without any option other than to settle, since hoka shoes for women letting the case drag on “would do him no good nor anyone else related to him any good.”
“I think this was the best option to explore and ultimately to take,” he adds.
However, the end of the lawsuit doesn’t mean we’ll see the ninth-in-line to the British throne returning to public duties anytime soon. For the former naval officer, that ship has well and truly sailed.
His handling of the crisis since Giuffre’s allegations first emerged years ago has left his reputation in tatters.
The court of public opinion designated him persona non grata after that car-crash interview with the BBC in 2019, during which he was coy about his years-long friendship with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. He said he was at a pizza parlor on the night it is alleged that he had sex with Giuffre. He also said he was medically incapable of sweating, countering allegations from Giuffre that he had perspired profusely before they had sex in 2001, when she was 17.
A settlement leaves many of the issues raised in that interview unresolved.
And it’s important to note that the recently convicted Maxwell is now facing life in prison for sex trafficking.
Legal experts say prosecutors could consider continuing their work investigating the crimes of the British socialite and Epstein to determine whether others should be charged — especially if she decides to cooperate.
Prince Andrew has kept a low profile since stepping back from public duties as a senior royal.

These days the prince spends much of his time on the Windsor estate and is often surrounded by photographers when he attempts to leave his home.
Analysis: Queen left with no choice but to cast Prince Andrew adrift. But is it enough?
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told CNN the palace would not be commenting on the latest developments in the case on Tuesday, once again saying it was a matter for the Duke and his legal team.
But the settlement will likely be welcomed within the palace since it means the court case will no longer cast a shadow over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer.
The family has gone to great lengths to distance itself from the scandal surrounding Andrew, with the Queen stripping him of his HRH status as well as his royal patronages and affiliations last month, to make it clear his exile from the royal frontline was permanent.
It’s worth noting that Andrew still has a constitutional role. He remains a Counsellor of State — and along with Charles, William and Harry — could be called on to pick up some of the Queen’s duties if she were temporarily incapacitated due to illness or if she was traveling.
Street art featuring Prince Andrew is seen in the Shoreditch area of London on July 1, 2020.

Andrew’s relinquishment of his public-facing royal role doesn’t change his counsellor status — it would take an act of parliament to revoke that.
How the prince will move on from this remains to be seen.
The carefully-crafted settlement letter states that: “He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”
That suggests he might become some sort of campaigner for sex abuse survivors — but reputation management experts have previously expressed doubt over Andrew’s ability to repair his image. And it is unclear just how welcome any offer of help from him would be to charities or support groups.
While the prospect of an embarrassing public trial is off the table, by settling he has failed to clear his name, and the damage to his reputation has been done.

Prince Harry seeks right to pay for UK police protection when in Britain

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, speak onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York, on September 25, 2021 in New York City.

Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s 2009 settlement with Jeffrey Epstein released

A 2009 settlement agreement between sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Roberts Giuffre — the woman who accused him of sexual abuse and of trafficking her to Prince Andrew and other men — was unsealed Monday.

It shows that Epstein paid Giuffre $500,000 to drop the case without any admission of liability or fault.
The document was unsealed red wing boots as part of Giuffre’s separate lawsuit against Prince Andrew. She alleges that Epstein trafficked her and forced her to have sex with his friends — including the prince — and that Andrew was aware she was underage (17) in the US. Prince Andrew has denied the allegations.
Attorneys for Andrew argued in his motion to dismiss Giuffre’s case against him in October that her lawsuit violates the terms of the settlement agreement with Epstein, in which she agreed to a “general release” of claims against Epstein and others.
In the copy unsealed Monday, Andrew’s name does not explicitly appear as a party. The agreement says it serves to “remise, release, acquit, satisfy and forever discharge” parties and “any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant” but does not explicitly name any others in the document viewed by CNN.
Two other documents were filed along with the settlement agreement, including a “Stipulation of Dismissal” and a complaint from Epstein — both of which are still under seal.
Prince Andrew in the spotlight after Ghislaine Maxwell conviction
The agreement states that it is a “final resolution” of a disputed claim filed in Florida and is intended to avoid litigation but “shall not be construed to be an admission of liability or fault by any party.” The agreement states that it is not to be used in civil or criminal proceedings against Epstein. It was signed by Giuffre and Epstein on different dates in November 2009.
Giuffre’s attorney David Boies issued a statement saying the settlement is “irrelevant” to her claim against the prince.
“The release does not mention Prince Andrew. He did not even know about it,” Boies said. “He could not have been a ‘potential defendant’ in the settled case against Jeffrey Epstein both because he was not subject to jurisdiction in Florida and because the Florida case involved federal claims to which he was not a part. The actual parties to the release have made clear that Prince Andrew was not covered by it.
“Lastly, the reason we sought to have the release made public was to refute the claims being made about it by Prince Andrew’s PR campaign.”
Andrew Brettler, an attorney for Prince Andrew, had no comment.
Oral arguments in the civil suit against Andrew are set for Tuesday. If his lawyers are unsuccessful, or the case is not settled, the royal could face a trial date between September and December 2022. The long-running allegations hoka shoes for women facing Andrew have already dramatically tarnished his public standing, and he stepped back from royal duties in late 2019.
Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to state prostitution charges, was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges in July 2019 and died by suicide in prison a month later.
Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s confidante and former girlfriend, was arrested a year afterward and accused of facilitating Epstein’s abuse scheme. A jury convicted her last week on five federal counts, including sex trafficking a minor and conspiracy.
Giuffre was not one of the four women who testified in the trial that they had been abused.

The 30 guests confirmed to be attending Prince Philip’s funeral

The small guest list for Prince Philip’s funeral has been confirmed, with 30 people able to attend the scaled back ceremony to remember the Duke of Edinburgh.

Philip died on 9 April at the age of 99, at Windsor Castle. He will be laid to rest at the same royal residence.

But rather than a grand funeral attended by hundreds of people including the wider Royal Family, political figures and foreign dignitaries, the ceremony has had to be adapted to fit coronavirus regulations.

The guests will include his children and grandchildren, but no great-grandchildren.

Plans for his funeral have been kept secret for many years under the code name Operation Forth Bridge.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “At its heart it is still a family event.

“We are following the COVID guidelines. There was a limit on who could be invited as a guest and Her Majesty wanted to ensure that all branches of the duke’s family were there, and had to make some very difficult decisions about who would be there.

“For those that unfortunately can’t be there, I’m sure they will be making their own private arrangements about how they commemorate the duke, and indeed celebrate the duke. ”

Here is who is attending.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II at the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph in 2020 in London.

Queen Elizabeth II has been widowed at 94 after losing her husband of more than 70 years.

The pair married in Westminster Abbey in 1947, shortly after the Second World War, and had four children, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren together.

Elizabeth called Philip her “strength and stay” and he was a significant support to her throughout her reign.

She has signed off on his funeral plans and is leading the family in mourning.

The longest-serving consort, Philip racked up tens of thousands of royal engagements during his decades by the side of the Queen.

His death triggers her personal time of mourning, which will include an eight-day period where no parliamentary bills will be given royal assent.

She’ll remain in mourning, carrying out duties behind closed doors, until 22 April.

Prince Charles and Camilla at the VJ Day National Remembrance event at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in August 2020.
Prince Charles may have had a rocky relationship with his father as a young man, but the pair were often seen laughing and joking together as they got older, at family events and celebrations.

The Prince of Wales will lead the eulogy at the ceremony, it was confirmed on Thursday.

Charles is sure to have an important role in supporting his mother over the next few weeks and months, having picked up his royal duties with her when his father retired in 2017.

He and his wife Camilla, who became a firm part of the family, will be there to pay their respects.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, took over one of Philip’s roles as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles in 2020, showing their much improved relationship.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – but no children

Prince William and Kate with their children Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George at London’s Palladium Theatre in December 2020.

Prince William and Kate will be attending, but without their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The children are only seven, five and two, and the Daily Telegraph reported they would be kept at home. This could be to shield them from public pressure at an early age.

William said he was “so proud” of his grandfather in January 2021 when he received the coronavirus vaccine.

He was supported by his grandfather after the death of his mother in 1997, when Philip walked with William and Harry behind the coffin of Diana at her funeral.

William will be one of those to walk behind the coffin.

Prince Harry, but no Meghan

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with son Archie in South Africa in October 2019.

Prince Harry arrived back in the UK on 12 April, ahead of the funeral on 17 April.

He has to quarantine at a prearranged address while in the UK, but there are exemptions provided for those who are attending funerals.

He will have to return two negative COVID tests during his quarantine period, though the second one would be required on day eight of the period, which will actually be after the funeral.

He could take a private test on day five from a government-approved supplier and then be allowed out of quarantine early.

Harry will also walk behind the coffin in the procession through Windsor Castle grounds on Saturday.

Meghan, Harry’s wife, was not able to accompany him to the funeral because she is pregnant and could not get medical clearance to fly.

Since leaving their senior-royal roles, the couple started a production company, and make documentaries, scripted series and children’s shows for Netflix.

They also run a non-profit organisation called Archewell.

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence

Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence at Royal Ascot in 2018.

The Princess Royal, Prince Philip’s only daughter, will be also in attendance, paying tribute to the man she called her “teacher” “supporter” and “critic” in a message on Instagram after his death.

She also said: “It is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate.”

Anne has regularly been one of the hardest-working royals in the family, frequently clocking up hundreds of engagements each year.

She and her father were said to be close throughout her childhood, sharing similar values and personality traits. Her father once said of her: “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she’s not interested.”

Anne will be accompanied by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.

Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham in January 2020.

Prince Andrew, Prince Philip’s second-oldest son, has largely been out of sight since he stepped back indefinitely from royal duties in 2019 over the fallout of his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

But he appeared on television on the Sunday after his father’s death, having been to church that morning. He paid tribute to him outside and thanked the public for their support.

Andrew was a frequent visitor to sex offender Epstein’s New York home and allegations were levelled against him by a woman who claimed to be a sex-trafficking victim.

The Duke of York denied all allegations and no charges have been brought against him, though the FBI wants to speak to him as a witness.

Andrew may be forced to stay away from most royal events, but will attend the funeral.

The Wessex family

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will be in attendance with their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, the Viscount Severn.

The family were particularly close to the Queen, and their close proximity to Windsor Castle mean they are able to see her frequently so they will want to offer her support at this time.

Sophie recalled the moment the duke died on Sunday, when she and Edward attended church in Windsor with Edward’s brother Andrew.

She said: “It was right for him and it was so gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went.”

It’s previously been reported that Edward will take on the title of Duke of Edinburgh when Prince Philip died. However it was confirmed after Philip’s death that the title has been passed to Prince Charles, who will recreate it when he accedes to the throne and pass it to his brother then.

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Edward and Sophie started life as working royals in 2002, during the Queen’s Jubilee year. They increasingly came to the forefront of the family when Andrew had to step back and Harry and Meghan moved to the US.

Their children are unlikely to take on royal duties but they will be regulars at royal events, including the funeral.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate in December 2019.

The children of Prince Andrew will also attend the funeral, but their mother Sarah Ferguson will not.

Their husbands will also be there to support the princesses.

Beatrice is married to property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who she wed in a secret ceremony during the coronavirus pandemic. He has a son, Wulfie, who will not be there.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London.

Eugenie is married to tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank. They married in a grand ceremony in St George’s Chapel Windsor in October 2018 – the same place the funeral will be held.

Eugenie and Jack have one son, August, but he will also not be at the funeral.

Neither princess carries out royal duties, but do have private charities they are patrons of. The princesses have previously spoken about their royal grandparents with great affection.

Peter Phillips – but not his former wife

Autumn and Peter Phillips and their children Savannah and Isla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour in 2019.

Peter Phillips, Anne’s son, will be in attendance. He is divorced, and his former wife Autumn Phillips won’t be there alongside him though they do still get on.

They have two daughters, Savannah and Isla Phillips. Like their cousins, the Cambridge children, they will not go to the funeral.

Phillips and his family don’t have royal titles, but retain places in the line of succession.

Mike and Zara Tindall

Mike, Zara and Mia Grace Tindall going to Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace in 2019.

Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike will be at the funeral.

They have three children: daughters Mia and Lena and son Lucas. The children will not be there.

The couple don’t have royal titles but they are still a part of the Royal Family and are seen at events like Trooping the Colour.

The Viscount Linley

David, Viscount Linley, at church at Hillington in 2016.

He is divorced from his wife Serena, the Viscountess Linley and were both present at the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002.

They have two children, Charles and Margarita. The family have been regulars at the Queen’s Christmas lunch, which she hosts at Buckingham Palace.

However he will not be accompanied by any of them on Saturday.

Lady Sarah and Daniel Chatto

Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018 in Windsor.

Lady Sarah is the daughter of the late Princess Margaret. She is married to Daniel Chatto, an actor.

They both attended the funeral of the Queen Mother in 2002.

They have two children, Arthur and Samuel, who are considered an important part of the family.

Arthur, was a page of honour for the Queen for six years, meaning he held a position in state occasions, carrying the train of her dress.

The Duke of Gloucester – but not the duchess

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor in May 2019.

The Queen’s cousin the Duke of Gloucester will be in attendance but his wife is not able to go. They have been working royals for decades, having come to their roles suddenly when the duke’s older brother died.

They represent hundreds of charities and carry out numerous engagements throughout the years.

They are likely to continue supporting the Queen as she continues but only the duke will be at the funeral to pay their respects to Prince Philip.

They have three children: Alexander Windsor, Lady Davina Windsor and Lady Rose Gilman.

Alexander, who is the Earl of Ulster, has three children, while Lady Davina and Lady Rose have two each.

 

Prince Harry Was ONLY Allowed To Marry Meghan Because She Was Biracial?!

As an outsider joining the Royal family, Meghan Markle faced more scrutiny and criticism than almost anyone else on the world’s stage in recent years. Much of it felt like a subtly racist reaction to the fact she was a biracial woman (and an American one at that) marrying into a very traditional aristocratic British family.

But according to an upcoming book, the Suits star’s biracial identity may actually have been the only thing which kept her from being rejected by The Firm!

Lady Colin Campbell, in her new book Meghan and Harry: The Real Story, argues Prince Harry “wouldn’t have been allowed to marry” an actress from the US if she’d been a white woman.

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Huh. How’s that exactly??

The author is known for her best-selling 1992 biography of Princess DianaDiana in Private: The Princess Nobody Knows, which at the time was met with incredulity — though much of what she wrote was proven true later.

In this book, Lady C claims Queen Elizabeth looked at Meghan’s biracial identity as a bridge to the future for the fam, an addition which, according to an excerpt obtained by DailyMail.com, “made the monarchy both reflective and representative of multicultural, multiracial Britain in a way that a white California-born actress who had been a cast member of a popular television series could never have.”

We mean, she’s not wrong. And who cares if it upsets the old racists, right? Screw ’em.

However, Her Majesty’s motives may have been a little on the cynical side, per Lady C, who writes about how making the Royals seem more modern gave them a bit more protection against being dismissed by the government:

“The Queen, who is well known to be a wit, said to a friend, ‘Mr Corbyn will find it much more difficult to get rid of us now that Meghan’s in the family.’”

Hmm. The Queen is one of the only public figures we actually can believe is playing 4-D chess. She’s one smart cookie. Sorry, biscuit?

Lady C says another source told her everything else about the match was doomed — her nationality, her career — but her race was actually “welcomed” by the Queen:

“As a prince once told me, ‘Had Meghan not been a woman of colour, they would never have allowed the marriage. It was the only thing that was unreservedly in her favour.’”

How fascinating! Do YOU buy it??