No way back for Prince Andrew after abuse settlement royal watchers say

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Reuters Prince Andrew's decision to settle a decades-old sexual assault claim against a teenage girl may end his legal troubles, but it will likely damage his reputation.

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His settlement includes an undisclosed payment to Virginia Giuffre, a former teen accuser. It said he never intended to smear her.

A strategy condemned by women's rights groups, Giuffre's lawyers accused him of filing a baselesslawsuit. By late January, Andrew wanted the case tried in America.

British citizens interviewed by Reuters said the case had damaged the family, and royal biographers predicted that Andrew would never return to public life.

Reuters interviewed Britons who said the case had harmed the whole family after the settlement.

It's Now That You've Discovered Their Flaws And You've Observed Their Humanity, I Think That's The Problem Now. As A Royal Family, They Have A Difficult Job," He Said.

Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of Andrew's through Ghislaine Maxwell, was the central figure in the case. Epstein had been accused by Giuffre of sex trafficking.

It was unforgivable according to royal biographer Penny Junor that Andrew failed to show any support for the Epstein victims in the past. His unsympathetic demeanour made her feel uncomfortable.

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens