US attorney Spencer Kuvin said the Duke of York could be arrested if he were to venture to a country that has an extradition treaty with the US. The warning heaps pressure on Andrew, who earned the nickname for his lavish travel arrangements as a senior royal, to settle Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit out of court.
Mr Kuvin, who represents several of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, said: “If I were Prince Andrew’s counsel, I would tell him never to leave the UK.
“He should never travel outside of the UK.
“The moment he does step foot into a country, he could potentially – if Ms Giuffre’s allegations are proven true – be charged criminally and brought to the United States from a country that has an extradition treaty with it. He effectively could become a prisoner in his mom’s country.”
A civil case can lead to a criminal investigation in America if it reveals evidence that one of the parties may have committed an offence.
The UK does have a treaty with the US and Andrew could theoretically be extradited if authorities in the States laid criminal charges such as rape. Significantly, Ms Giuffre was not one of the alleged victims chosen by prosecutors in the successful criminal case against sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell.
Ms Giuffre’s lawyers say she is not motivated by reaching a “purely financial settlement” but is suing Andrew in New York for unspecified damages.
Mr Kuvin said they could “easily” top £14million.