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Defiant Prince Andrew Insists He Will Fight Virginia Giuffre’s Claims

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Prince Andrew has dramatically accepted that he has been legitimately served with papers in the civil case being brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, but regards the lawsuit as an “opportunity rather than a threat,” sources close to Andrew have told The Daily Beast.

The comments provide the clearest indication yet that Andrew, who is still in hiding at his mother’s Scottish home, Balmoral, is contemplating participating in and fighting the case, setting up the possibility of a blockbuster courtroom showdown over allegations that he sexually abused Giuffre when she was 17 years old.

The development comes after several days in which Andrew’s legal team appeared to be trying to get the suit thrown out on technicalities. They have tried on multiple occasions to contest the validity of document service against him, so the new tone from his camp represents a dramatic inflection point in Andrew’s legal strategy.

The well-placed source told The Daily Beast: “This is Mrs. Giuffre’s civil case, she has brought it and has actively invited legal scrutiny of her own version of events. This provides an opportunity, rather than a threat, because it finally enables the Duke and his team to properly scrutinize the multiple inconsistencies in her........

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