Introducing the segments that will feature in the show at the beginning of last night’s broadcast, presenter Kirsty Wark mixed up the brothers’ names.
Over footage of Prince Andrew walking alongside journalist Emily Maitlis, Wark said: “The Prince Charles sexual assault case can now go ahead, says the judge. But will the public humiliation force him to settle out of court?”
Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 and a minor under US law. Prince Andrew has denied all the allegations.
Although his lawyers argued the civil case should be “dismissed” due to a confidential settlement in 2009 between Giuffree and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Judge Lewis A Kaplan said the agreement “cannot be said” to stop the lawsuit.
The judge’s ruling was welcomed by Giuffre. In a statement her attorney, David Boise said: “Virginia Giuffre is, of course, pleased that Prince Andrew’s motion to dismiss has been denied, and that evidence will now be taken concerning her claims against him.
“She looks forward to a judicial determination of the merits of those claims.”
Reflecting on the 2019 interview in a recent BBC column, Maitlis said the questions she posed to Prince Andrew were “almost too surreal to ask”, and said the directness of her questions makes her “catch [her] breath” when she listens back to them today.