â€œThe prince loves his brother and has the ability to have sympathy for the slings and arrows that his brother endures, whatever the reasons may be,â€ the anonymous source told The Times for a story published Thursday. â€œHis ability to support and feel for those having a tough time is well known.â€Â
The source added that the lawsuit â€œwill be unwelcome reputational damage to the institutionâ€ and that Charles regards the claims surrounding his brother as â€œan unsolvable problemâ€ that â€œraises its head with hideous regularity.â€
The lawsuit, filed by longtime Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre, alleges that the prince sexually abused herÂ on three occasions when she was a minor. Buckingham Palace and the prince have repeatedly denied the allegations over the years, though a spokesperson for the dukeâ€™s legal team only told HuffPost â€œno commentâ€Â in regard to the filing earlier this week.
Andrew stepped back from royal duties for the â€œforeseeable futureâ€ in 2019, following a disastrous interview with BBC â€œNewsnightâ€ in which the duke attempted to distance himself from the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, whom Giuffre alleges trafficked her.Â
Despite the step back, the Duke of York was pictured horseback riding with the queen two days after the interview (an apparent show of supportÂ from the monarch); hasÂ attended Christmas parties at Buckingham Palace; gone to church services with the royals; and met with Chinaâ€™s ambassador to the U.K. to pass along a messageÂ from the queen.
He also spoke to press in April 2021 after the death of his father, Prince Philip, but was notably absent from photos of his daughter Princess Beatriceâ€™s wedding in July 2020 (though reports confirmed that he walked her down the aisle).Â
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