The Duke of York was accused last night of ignoring FBI requests to be interviewed over his links with the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Geoffrey Berman, the US prosecutor investigating Epstein’s crimes and alleged accomplices, said Prince Andrew had “provided zero co-operation”.
Apparently the FBI has been trying to speak to Andrew, 59, since late November, when he promised to help “any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required” following his television interview over his relationship with Epstein.
Nicholas Biase at the US Attorney’s Office in New York confirmed that Prince Andrew had not offered any cooperation, and the office was working in close coordination with the FBI to get him to speak with authorities. He could not comment about the timelines of their correspondence and when they last spoke with his representatives. Previously, the prince said he would cooperate “if required”.
The prince has repeatedly denied accusations levelled at him, most powerfully by Virginia Giuffre, who has claimed she was trafficked by the disgraced late US financier and forced to have sex with his friends, including the British prince when she was 17 years old. She said the assaults took place in London, New York and Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.
Buckingham Palace said the prince’s legal team was dealing with the issue and said it would not be commenting further.