A US judge says Prince Andrew should be prepared for a civil trial next year on accusations he sexually abused an underage woman.

Australian-based Virginia Roberts Giuffre has sued the royal for unspecified damages, alleging he sexually assaulted her more than 20 years ago when she was 17.

The 61-year-old son of Queen Elizabeth has not been criminally charged and has repeatedly denied the allegations.

“I would anticipate somewhere in the September to December period of next year,” US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said of when the trial could take place on Wednesday.

Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew faces a possible late 2022 US civil trial on accusations that he abused a woman. Credit: AP

Giuffre, 38, sued Andrew in August.

She said Andrew forced her to have sex at the London home of longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, at the late financier’s mansion in Manhattan and on one of his private islands in the US Virgin Islands.

Epstein died in a Manhattan jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges, in what New York’s coroner ruled was a suicide.

Maxwell is due to go on trial in New York on November 29 on charges that she recruited underage girls for Epstein to abuse.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Credit: Bebeto Matthews/AP

The development comes five days after Andrew said he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false accusations against him” and urged Kaplan to dismiss the lawsuit.

He said Giuffre had been seeking “another payday” in a more than decade-long effort to profit from her accusations against Epstein and people associated with him.

Prince Andrew could face trial next year over sex assault allegations
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