A STONY-faced Prince Andrew has broken cover for the first time since his sex trafficker pal Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty.
The Duke of York was snapped leaving his Royal Lodge home to drive to Windsor Castle to have lunch with the Queen.
Shamed socialite Maxwell, 60, helped entice vulnerable teens to ex-lover Jeffrey Epstein’s properties for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
She could spend the rest of her life in prison after being convicted of five out of six counts of sex trafficking for vile Epstein’s paedophile ring.
It’s reported Andrew’s lawyers were locked in emergency talks following Maxwell’s guilty verdict amid fears his pal could “name names” in a bid to cut her lengthy prison sentence.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre named Andrew in documents related to Epstein filed in Florida in 2015.
She has claimed she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times between 1999 and 2002 — in London, New York and on Epstein’s private Caribbean island.
Andrew has always strongly denied all allegations made against him.
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A judge later struck out her claims, saying they were “immaterial and impertinent”.
But Ms Giuffre, now 38, has filed a lawsuit against Andrew.
A New York court will decide on Tuesday if the civil lawsuit against the Duke of York brought by Epstein victim Ms Giuffre can proceed to a trial next year.
Meanwhile, Ms Giuffre has demanded proof that the royal cannot sweat – and asked for evidence of his mysterious trip to Pizza Express.
Court documents submitted by lawyers for Ms Giuffre reveal they had made eight ‘discovery’ requests of the Duke of York as her lawsuit against him hurtles towards a trial.
He was also asked to provide any proof he may hold of his visit to Tramp nightclub in London – where Ms Giuffre claims they danced on the night he assaulted her – and his trip to Pizza Express in Woking.
The prince claimed in a disastrous BBC interview that he was at the pizza chain when he was supposed to be with Ms Giuffre.
Another request, from Ms Giuffre’s lawyers, asks for: “All Documents concerning your alleged medical condition of anhidrosis, hypohidrosis, or…your inability to sweat.”
In a court document, submitted on Thursday night, Ms Giuffre’s lead lawyer David Boies blasted Andrew’s responses to the requests – in which he sought to dodge them.
He said: “Based on his discovery responses, Prince Andrew has apparently already determined that he has no documents that would be responsive to the majority of Plaintiff’s requests.
“If Prince Andrew truly has no documents concerning his communications with Maxwell or Epstein, his travel to Florida, New York, or various locations in London, his alleged medical inability to sweat, or anything that would support the alibis he gave during his BBC interview, then continuing with discovery will not be burdensome to him at all.”
Isolated Andrew was last night holed up in Windsor after his former wife Sarah Ferguson and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie jetted off without him for a winter ski break.