Prince Andrew settles sexual assault lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre
News of Prince Andrew's settlement has triggered a new wave of Pizza Express jokes.
The Duke of York has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum as part of the settlement with Virginia Giuffre and accepted she had suffered as a victim of abuse.
He made no admission of liability and has always denied the allegations that he sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17. He also said he regretted his association with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and agreed to make a donation to Giuffre's charity in support of victims' rights.
A key pillar of Andrew's defence has been that he couldn’t have met Giuffre on the night she said they danced in a private member's club - 10th March 2001 - because “I had taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party.”
When pressed on why he remembered the occasion with such specificity, he added it was an “unusual thing for me to do” and that he had only been to Woking a couple of times.
Since then, every time he has been in the news people have joked about the restaurant and brought up other bizarre things he said in that infamous interview, like his claim he had a medical condition that prevented him from sweating.
In light of the settlement, then, the memes came flooding in anew, with many people joking that so-called trip to Pizza Express was turning out to be pretty expensive indeed:
Twelve million quid??!! For visiting a Pizza Express??!!\nHe must have ordered a starter and a pudding. And sometimes you think it\u2019s unlimited coffee but you have to pay for each refill. That\u2019s how they get you.pic.twitter.com/m6YOlfe7z9