Meghan Markle’s dad urges her to alert cops if she 'knows anything' about Prince Andrew rape claim by Virginia Roberts
MEGHAN Markle’s dad has urged her to speak to US law enforcement if she “knows anything” about Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claim she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew.
Thomas Markle Sr, 77, said he supported any move by Virginia’s high-powered lawyer to depose Meghan as part of the civil case against Andrew.
It comes as the case was given the go ahead on Wednesday by judge Lewis Kaplan in New York.
Judge Kaplan rejected motion to dismiss from Andrew’s legal team and now the lawsuit against the Duke of York, 61, could go to trial later this year.
Virginia’s attorney David Boies has said Meghan may be called on to give evidence because she spent time in the UK with the royal family and is now living in the US.
Mr Boies said of Meghan: “She is somebody we can count on to tell the truth.”
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Meghan’s dad Thomas said: “Quite honestly, I feel that if Meghan knows anything about this, she should speak to law enforcement in the States.
“I know she has had some dealings with Andrew, of course she has, and if she has been to any events or venues he has, she needs to speak out.
“She has no right to refuse to do so, really.
“I understand that Andrew’s reputation is damaging to the royal family.
“If she knows anything and has been involved in Andrew’s circle in any way, shape or form, it’s her duty to speak about it.
“She’s not exempt from this because she’s a Duchess.
“In fact by leaving the UK and taking her prince with her she gave up the right to be a Duchess.”
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Virginia claims that she was a victim of sex trafficking by late billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein and was lent out to other powerful men.
She says she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times, when she was 17 at the London home of Epstein’s madam Ghislaine Maxwell, at Epstein’s townhouse in New York and on the billionaire’s private island of Little St James in the US Virgin Islands.
Andrew has vehemently denied the claims, while Buckingham Palace has said it would not comment on an ongoing legal matter.
His lawyers tried to get the case against him thrown out due to a deal Virginia struck with the late Jeffrey Epstein during her lawsuit against the convicted child sex offender in 2009.
The agreement stated that she could not sue anyone else connected to Epstein after she settled her claim against him for $500,000.
Andrew’s team argued that he was a “potential defendant” as defined in the agreement and the case against him should therefore be dismissed.
Now that the case is going ahead the Prince could be deposed as soon as next month after the judge rejected the motion to dismiss.
Thomas, who is recovering from a bout of flu, also said he enjoyed seeing Meghan and Harry’s Christmas card pic of granddaughter Lilibet, who, like their son Archie, he has never met.
The retired television lighting director, who currently lives in Mexico, has been estranged from his daughter since the time of her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018, said: “I saw the photo of Lilibet at Christmas.
“It was lovely to see her but I don’t hold out much hope of seeing her or Archie in person in the near future.
“At this point I have no respect for my daughter and I think Harry is the biggest joke in the country.
“I had a quiet Christmas and New Year, I just spent time with my son Tom here in Mexico.
Explaining his most recent battle with ill health, he went on: “I’m dealing with the flu right now.
“I’ve had my Covid shots and booster.
“I haven’t got Covid. I’m not worried about Covid.
“I’m an old man who gets colds every now and again and right now I have to get over it.”
A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment. Representatives for Meghan did not reply to a request for comment.
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