Thomas Markle backed any attempt by Ms Giuffre’s lawyer to depose Meghan, now living in California, in connection with the civil case against the Duke of York. Judge Lewis Kaplan yesterday rejected a motion from Andrew’s legal team which would have stopped the case in its tracks, clearing the way for it to go to trial later this year.
Ms Giuffe’s lawyer, David Boies, has already suggested the Duchess of Sussex could be asked to give evidence because she spent two years living in the UK surrounded by the Royal Family.
Mr Markle, 77, told the Sun his 40-year-old daughter, who is married to Andrew’s nephew Prince Harry, was somebody who could be counted on to “tell the truth”.
He said: “Quite honestly, I feel that if Meghan knows anything about this, she should speak to law enforcement in the States.
“I know she has had some dealings with Andrew, of course she has, and if she has been to any events or venues he has, she needs to speak out.
“She has no right to refuse to do so, really.”
He stressed: “If she knows anything and has been involved in Andrew’s circle in any way, shape or form, it’s her duty to speak about it.
She claimed the incidents occurred at the London home of Maxwell, a British socialite and Epstein’s longtime associate, and at properties owned by convicted sex offender Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019.
Andrew vehemently denies the allegations, with…