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he amount paid to the Duke of York’s accuser to settle the civil sex assault claim against him should be made public and so should the source of the funds, a royal finances expert has said.

No details have been disclosed with regard to the settlement made to Virginia Giuffre or the costs, but there has been speculation that Andrew has agreed to pay an eight-figure sum.

Last month, Buckingham Palace announced that the duke would be defending the case “as a private citizen”, but a number of commentators have claimed that would not stop him having been helped along with money from the Queen’s private wealth.

Andrew receives a Royal Navy pension and the Queen is also thought to fund her son from her £21.7-million-a-year Duchy of Lancaster income, but the figure she gives him is kept private.

I just would argue in view of the enormous public interest in it, in view of the fact that Prince Andrew is a public figure, he was in line to the throne, I really think that they should disclose the amount of money and where it’s come from

David McClure, author of Royal Privilege: The Queen’s True Worth, said a settlement could be “in the order of several million dollars”.

He told the PA news agency: “That raises the question: ‘does he have the money?’”

There had been reports Andrew had been trying to sell a chalet in the Swiss resort of Verbier which he bought for a reported £13 million in 2014 with his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.

Mr McClure added: “The very fact he had to sell, it does show he had some money but he didn’t have lots of money.

“So where does the money come from? I think more than likely the Queen.”

He said if money did come from the Queen it “more than likely would have come from the Duchy of Lancaster, which is described as the Queen’s private estate”.

Virginia Giuffre (Bebeto Matthews/AP) / AP

He said the source of any settlement funds to Andrew is of “tremendous public interest”, and called for the royals to “come clean and say where the money came from”.

Mr McClure added: “I just would argue in view of the enormous public interest in it, in view of the fact that Prince Andrew is a public figure, he was in line to the throne, I really think that they should disclose the amount of money and where it’s come from.”

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