A woman who claims she saw Prince Andrew dancing with his alleged sex abuse accuser the night he says he was at Pizza Express has agreed to testify against him in the United States.
Shukri Walker is prepared to face down the Duke of York and reveal details of an encounter she had with him at Tramps nightclub in London in 2001.
Andrew is being sued in New York by Virgina Giuffre, who alleges he sexually assaulted her on three occasions, one instance being the night after she claims she visited the nightclub with the Duke.
Ms Walker, who lives in London, has already given a written statement to the FBI saying she vividly remembers seeing Andrew with the then 17-year-old Ms Giuffre – because she apologised to him after standing on his foot on the dancefloor.
Her evidence could contradict the Duke’s upcoming defence after previously claiming he had “no recollection” of meeting Ms Giuffre, despite a photograph emerging of him with his arm around her waist at the home of his friend Ghislaine Maxwell.
Ms Maxwell, the former lover of Andrew’s late disgraced paedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein, is currently in a maximum security jail in New York awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking and procuring minors with a trial date set for November.
The Queen’s son also disputed Ms Giuffre’s claim that he was sweating profusely after dancing with her on the dancefloor, suggesting that a medical condition brought on after he was shot during active service in The Falklands war meant he couldn’t sweat.
Andrew, 61, in a now infamous BBC Newsnight interview claimed he could not have been at the nightclub with Ms Giuffre because he remembers taking his daughter Princess Beatrice to a birthday party at the restaurant chain in Woking, Surrey.
Ms Walker, who was 28 at the time she claims she was in the nightclub with Andrew, decided to speak out after watching his denial in the interview.
She said: “He (Andrew) looked like he was having a great time.
“And he was with this young girl who was close to my own age, perhaps even a bit younger than me.
“The young woman wasn’t smiling, it was the opposite of smiles.
‘They were with the woman who (had) just been arrested, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Epstein. I will never forget the night because I was told this is a real Prince.”
Andrew also wiped the back of his hand across his face several times, she claimed.
A source with knowledge of development said: “Shukri is totally convinced she saw Andrew that night and is prepared to stand up in court to say so.
“With the civil case being launched in the United States she has let it be known that she is willing to testify and tell the truth.
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Her lawyer Lisa Bloom, who is representing several of Epstein’s victims, last night confirmed her client’s position, saying: “Ms Walker has already given her evidence to the FBI and been very consistent in what she has said.
“She had never been in the presence of a royal before or since and so it was very memorable to her.
“If she is called as a witness she will do her duty.”
A friend of the Duke’s last night said: “Shukri Walker seems to be in a minority of one in her recollections.
“Tramp nightclub, which does not have either a back or side entrance, was a popular celebrity hang-out and had paparazzi staked outside of its doors every night of the week.
“It is worth noting that not a single image of the Duke either arriving or leaving Tramps on the weekend in question has ever emerged.”
The Mirror revealed last week that despite intense appeals from his inner circle to dump his legal team, the Duke decided to stick by them as pressure intensifies over his “wall of silence” defence.
Andrew has less than two weeks to respond after being officially served with legal papers in Ms Giuffre’s civil case.