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SENIOR royals are “deeply shocked” that Prince Andrew wants to fight his sex abuse case before a jury — and are urging him to settle it quickly, The Sun has been told.

Princes Charles, 73, and William, 39, are leading efforts to persuade him to stop the case dragging on to protect the family from further humiliation, royal sources say.

4Senior Royals including Princes Charles and William are leading efforts to persuade him to stop the case dragging on, royal sources sayCredit: PA 4It comes as the lawyer for Virginia Giuffre said his plan not to testify in person was a 'devastating tactical error'Credit: AFP

It comes as the lawyer for his accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, said Duke of York Andrew’s plan not to testify in person was a “devastating tactical error”.

Andrew, 61, has asked for his hearing in New York, set for autumn, to be heard by a jury as he seeks to clear his name on claims he sexually abused former Jeffrey Epstein sex slave Miss Giuffre, 38.

He is preparing to give a sworn statement and sources say his lawyers hope to convince the judge to allow him to appear via video-link from his Windsor mansion.

His deposition is likely to take seven hours and they do not want a repeat of his notorious 2019 Newsnight interview in which he denied having met Miss Giuffre.

A Royal source told The Sun: “After the car crash of Newsnight no-one thinks a seven-hour deposition is a good idea. If he were to appear in court it could be many times worse and senior royals were deeply shocked when they heard that he was demanding a jury trial.

“The best outcome for everyone is that this is settled as soon as possible. There are deep, deep worries that this will get worse and worse for the family and will overshadow Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”

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The Queen, 95, was seen for the first time yesterday since Andrew announced his wish for a jury trial. She was spotted being driven back to Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Fortunately for the monarch, his testimony will not be aired before her 70th anniversary celebrations in June.

Sources say it must be filed by July 14 but will not be released before the trial.

Miss Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, meanwhile, said Judge Lewis A. Kaplan could order the Duke to attend court.

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He said: “It’s up to the judge”.

He added: “My strong expectation is that he’s going to appear at trial.

“It would be, I think, a devastating tactical error for him to simply thumb his nose at the jury and not show up.”

4The Queen, 95, was seen for the first time yesterday since Andrew announced his wish for a jury trialCredit: Bav Media 4A Royal source told The Sun: 'After the car crash of Newsnight no-one thinks a seven-hour deposition is a good idea'Credit: AP:Associated Press Prince Andrew will have ‘every single bit of dirty laundry aired in public’ at Virginia Roberts trial, says attorney

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Prince William is BOOED by Wembley crowd during the FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Chelsea

Thousands of football fans appeared to boo Prince William ahead of the FA Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley this afternoon. 

The Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of the FA, met with both sets of players ahead of kick-off. 

However, boos could be heard as William made his way across the pitch.

The booing seemed to increase during a rendition of FA Cup theme Abide With Me and then again when God Save the Queen was sung. 

It is unclear if both sets of fans were booing, though observers reported many of them came from the Liverpool fans. 

Prince William, who is the president of the FA, met with both sets of players ahead of kick-off

There were also reports of Liverpool fans booing the national anthem earlier this year when they played against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final. 

Fans took to Twitter to slam the booing. 

One said: 'Liverpool booing the National Anthem. Doing Merseyside no favours.'

Another said: 'No allegiance to either but Liverpool can do one, their fans booing Prince William then our national anthem, what's that about?'

A third said: 'Liverpool fans once again booing the national anthem, disgusting fan base.'

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The booing of the anthem is thought to be a tradition for Liverpool supporters, one that dates back to the 1980s. 

It is thought to be linked to opposition to the Conservative government of that era, as well as anger at the fallout of the Hillsborough tragedy. 

Omid Scobie, a close friend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, tweeted: 'An unexpected moment at today's #FACupFinal, where Liverpool fans booed Prince William and National Anthem. My understanding (correct me if I'm wrong, Twitter) is that it's still felt there was an establishment cover-up over the Hillsborough disaster and getting justice for it.' 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during The FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool

The booing seemed to increase during a rendition of FA Cup theme Abide With Me and then again when God Save the Queen was sung

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has previously been asked about the booing of the anthem from his team's fans. 

He said in 2019: 'I don't think I'm the right person (to ask), I know a bit about the history but it's not for me to judge.

'I know the Liverpool supporters are respectful. If they give that sign the reason might be a bit in the past. But I've nothing else to say about that.'

Liverpool ignored the furore to go on and win the match on penalties. 

Prince William later gave out the medals after the match, with no more boos reported.  

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