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Prince Andrew Settles Sex Abuse Lawsuit With Virginia Giuffre: What To Know Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth has agreed to pay Prince Andrew’s court settlement to Virginia Giuffre on top of shouldering his legal fees in the run-up to the agreed settlement Tuesday. The 61-year-old Duke of York caved in after 72 hours of secret negotiations with his accuser and agreed to an out-of-court settlement.

According to The Sun, the Queen said she will help fund Prince Andrew’s settlement as royal sources claim that the royal son does not have any income to pay the said undisclosed amount.

Royal expert Adam Helliker quipped, "No one has that kind of money but his mother. Andrew is not close enough to the Prince of Wales for him to fund that kind of money. He doesn't have any income."

In anticipation of Queen’s jubilee celebrations, Helliker said the public will take much offense to the monach for footing her son’s legal indiscretions as the royal scandal is quietly swept under the rug to avoid overshadowing the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration.

Details of the out-of-court settlement have not been fully disclosed with the secret sum speculated to be somewhere in the range of £12 million($16 million). Royal experts say the settlement comes with personal compensation along with a non-disclosure agreement.

Giuffre was reported to be very pleased with the settlement and has agreed to drop the case.

The Duke of York, through his lawyer, stated in a joint letter with Giuffre’s attorney to US Judge Lewis Kaplan, that he would make a substantial donation to Giuffre’s charity in support of the victims' rights as he commended his accuser’s bravery in standing up to for herself and for other victims.

Meanwhile, many anti-monarchy groups have questioned how and where will Andrew’s settlement fund be taken from. Being that he receives a Royal Navy Pension along with a stipend from the Queen’s Duchy of Lancaster income. Despite word that the Queen will help fund the settlement, questions remain on whether the amount will be shouldered by taxpayers

Kate Macnab, a lawyer at Reeds Solicitors, said, "It is likely there will be some demands to know where the payment is coming from - public or private purse?"

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the settlement.

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The Duke of York the opening of a new building for the collaborative research facility at The Hartree Centre in Daresbury. Science and Technology Facilities Council Follow/Flickr

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