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Prince Andrew's claims that he cannot sweat cannot be backed up, his lawyers say

There are also no witnesses to confirm he was in Pizza Express on the night he's accused of having sex with Virginia Giuffre, it has emerged

Prince Andrew

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Prince Andrew's claims that he has the “inability to sweat” cannot be backed up by his lawyers, who have admitted he has no documents to support the claim.

There are also no witnesses to confirm he was in Pizza Express on the night he's accused of having sex with Virginia Giuffre, it has emerged.

Andrew has insisted he cannot recall meeting Giuffre, despite the picture of them together at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell - the British socialite convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her billionaire paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein - in March 2001.

She has said that she was introduced to the duke by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and accompanied him to Tramp nightclub.

Ms Giuffre, who was 17 at the time, claimed that when they danced together in the London nightclub, the Duke of York had been “sweating profusely”.

He later told Emily Maitlis in the now infamous 2019 Newsnight interview that after he was shot at during the Falklands War he developed a medical condition that left him unable to perspire.

Ms Giuffre’s lawyers want the court to order him to hand over proof about his “alleged medical condition of anhidrosis”, but his legal team said “no documents exist in his possession, custody or control” to back the claim.

Prince Andrew is also unable to name any witnesses to support his alibi that he was in Pizza Express in Woking on the night he was accused of having sex with Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, in 2001.

He said it could not have happened because he spent the day with his daughter.

“I was with the children and I'd taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at, I suppose, sort of 4pm or 5pm in the afternoon,” he said.

When asked why he would remember a meal at Pizza Express 18 years later, he said: “Because going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do ... I've only been to Woking a couple of times and I remember it weirdly distinctly.

Giuffre could also set to give a victim impact statement to a judge for the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell.

Ms Giuffre, who claims she slept with the Prince three times when she was trafficked as a teenager, is said to be among women whose accounts may be considered at the court hearing.

Maxwell was convicted on Wednesday of five counts of child sex trafficking for her then billionaire paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.

A number of accusers who did not give evidence at the former British socialite’s trial will now be given the chance to make statements.

Ms Giuffre – known before her marriage as Virginia Roberts – is said by the newspaper to be among them, despite not being involved in the trial, either as a witness or accuser.

Sigrid McCawley, who represents Ms Giuffre, told the Telegraph: “At the sentencing, I anticipate that there will be a lot of testimony from many, many other women who were not able to be heard at the trial, who will come forward and bring information about their suffering at the hands of Ghislaine Maxwell.

“I believe this will be considered by the court before Judge Nathan renders her decision on the length of time Ghislaine will serve behind bars.”

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