Prince Andrew is a ‘person of interest’ for prosecutors in the investigation into Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein, according to a report.
According to Reuters, officials in the United States want to question the queen’s son about his friendship with the late sex offender as they investigate possible co-conspirators.
Andrew, 61, is considered at least one potential witness in the investigation, sources told the outlet.
It comes just a week after an alleged victim of Epstein sued Andrew in US court for alleged sexual abuse.
Virginia Giuffre claims the Queen’s 61-year-old son sexually assaulted her at Epstein’s New York mansion and two other locations when she was under 18.
Ms Giuffre filed her case in federal court in New York just days before the expiry date of a state law that allows alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse to file claims that would otherwise be prevented by limitation periods.
Both Buckingham Palace and Prince Andrew have strongly denied any wrongdoing.
The Independent contacted Buckingham Palace for comment, while Prince Andrew’s legal team said they had no comment.
While Andrew may be a person of interest to investigators, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York does not anticipate being able to interview him anytime soon.
“He doesn’t seem to want to talk to us,” the source told Reuters.
Epstein killed himself in a New York jail cell in 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges of procuring teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
His trial is expected to take place in November.
Prince Andrew gave an interview to the BBC in November 2019 in which he denied Ms Giuffre’s allegations.
In it, he claimed that a photograph from 2001, in which he had his arm around the 17-year-old’s waist, could have been doctored.
“I don’t believe the photo was taken in the manner that was suggested,” he said.
“I think from the investigations we’ve done, you can’t prove whether this photograph is faked or not, because it’s a photograph of a photograph of a photograph. So it’s very difficult to be able to prove it, but I do not remember that this photo was ever taken.
He also said he had an alibi for the date in question, when the picture was allegedly taken by Epstein at Ms Maxwell’s London home.
“I was at home. I was with the kids and had taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at, I guess, around 4 or 5 in the afternoon,” he said. -he declares.
“And then, because the Duchess was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other is there. I was on terminal leave during the Royal Navy days, so I was at home.
Last week Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said London police were reviewing their records but were not opening an investigation into Prince Andrew.