Will lawyers grill Andrew's daughter Beatrice over Pizza Express?


Will lawyers grill Andrew’s daughter Beatrice over Pizza Express? Princess could be dragged into the Duke of York’s sex assault case as lawsuit moves into next phase

  • Duke of York bracing for his former wife and Princess Beatrice to be dragged to court
  • He is expecting to find out which family members lawyers wish to interview 
  • Next stage of Virginia Roberts’ sexual assault case is for both sides to formally interview witnesses


The Duke of York is bracing himself for his former wife and daughter Princess Beatrice to be dragged into his court case.

He is expecting to find out imminently which family members lawyers for sex accuser Virginia Roberts wish to interview under oath.

The next stage of the sexual assault case brought by Miss Roberts is for both sides to formally interview witnesses, done outside of a courtroom setting but with a court recorder sitting in.

Out and about: Princess Beatrice in London yesterday

Out and about: Princess Beatrice in London yesterday

The Duke of York (pictured) is bracing himself for his former wife and daughter Princess Beatrice to be dragged into his court case

The Duke of York (pictured) is bracing himself for his former wife and daughter Princess Beatrice to be dragged into his court case

Known as depositions, the hearings allow lawyers to ask any question, no matter how personal.

David Boies, Miss Roberts’ lawyer who has been nicknamed the ‘great inquisitor’ because of his skill at interviewing witnesses under oath, has already suggested he might question Sarah Ferguson and their daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Andrew gave Beatrice as his alibi – saying they were at Pizza Express in Woking – for the date in 2001 when he is alleged to have forced Miss Roberts to have sex.

Each side in the case is expected to name – as early as this weekend – about a dozen witnesses they want to interview. Both lists could include current or former royal staff, footmen and secretaries, if the lawyers think they might have testimony helpful to their client.

David Boies, Miss Roberts’ lawyer who has been nicknamed the ‘great inquisitor’ because of his skill at interviewing witnesses under oath, has already suggested he might question Sarah Ferguson and their daughters, Princesses Beatrice (pictured) and Eugenie

David Boies, Miss Roberts’ lawyer who has been nicknamed the ‘great inquisitor’ because of his skill at interviewing witnesses under oath, has already suggested he might question Sarah Ferguson and their daughters, Princesses Beatrice (pictured) and Eugenie

The case is progressing this week after Andrew’s crushing defeat trying to have Miss Roberts’ claims against him thrown out. She vowed to prove ‘that the rich and powerful are not above the law’.

Outside America, US courts do not have jurisdiction. However there is a legal mechanism for forcing British witnesses to give evidence via a High Court order known as a ‘letter of request’.

Andrew denies the accusations.

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