Prince William stays silent when asked if he supports uncle Prince Andrew during royal visit

Prince William declined to comment when asked if he supported his uncle Prince Andrew who is facing a civil trial over sexual assault allegations.

Despite his legal team's attempts to have the case dismissed, the Duke of York is set to face a civil trial concerning claims he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre when she was aged 17. Andrew has always vehemently denied the accusation.

And on Wednesday, while Prince William was leaving the Foundling Museum in London with his wife Kate Middleton, he was asked by a TV news crew member: "'Your Royal Highness, could I just ask, do you support Prince Andrew?'"

Not being able to hear him at first, the 39 year old leaned forward to say, "Sorry, I can't hear you" – prompting the journalist to clarify: "Do you support Prince Andrew? Have you spoken to him recently?"

Prince William immediately smiled, stepped back and said a few inaudible words before mentioning: "Not today."

He was then ushered along and was seen leaving the building.

This news comes after Buckingham Palace released a statement saying that the Queen had stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles and patronages, meaning he would be on trial as a "private citizen."

"With the Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen," the statement read.

"The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."

He will also stop using the title His Royal Highness in an official capacity.

Andrew has strenuously denied the allegations made by Ms Giuffre against him.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 18 January, presenter Ranvir Singh delved into the accusations made against Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and the daughter of a billionaire, Ghislaine Maxwell, in a new documentary.

The documentary entitled Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile explores how Ghislaine and Epstein used their status and capital to lure girls into a web of abuse that continues to shock the public at every turn.

Ranvir also looks at Prince Andrew's alleged involvement in the saga.

The ITV journalist finds what appear to be his contact details in Epstein's infamous "little black book." She calls the number, but it goes to voicemail.

A voice sounding like Andrew is heard saying: "I'm afraid I have not been quick enough to get to the phone before it went off to take your message.

"If you do have a message, please leave it, and I will get back to you as soon as I can."

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