According to the Express, Prince Andrew would be willing to help a police investigation into allegations of sex trafficking against his late friend Jeffrey Epstein… but so far nobody’s asked him.
The Duke of York, who has categorically denied acting improperly with any young women he met through Epstein, does not consider himself above the law. And he would be willing to provide a witness statement or undergo questioning to help the authorities in either Britain or the United States. However, sources have suggested he has never been asked and it is not clear how such an investigation will now proceed after Epstein, 66, a billionaire convicted sex offender, was found hanged in a New York prison cell
Says Buckingham Palace:
“The Duke of York has been appalled by the reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”
Of course, that doesn’t explain why he then continued to be friends with Epstein after his crimes became known.
Andrew famously ignored the advice of his staff and close friends who told him to stay clear of Epstein, which he now accepts was an error of judgment. Also an error of judgement: Allowing his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York to accept £15,000 from Epstein to help clear her debts when she got into financial difficulties.
More problematic for the prince are the claims by one young woman, Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, that she had sex with him “three times, including one orgy” when she was 17, under the age of consent in the state of Florida. HE denies it, of course, but can’t seem to explain how he came to be pictured with his arm round her at Ms Maxwell’s London home in 2001.
Ms Giuffre has asked the Metropolitan Police to reopen inquiries into her claims that she was a victim of sex trafficking during that trip to London. The Met decided in 2015 not to proceed with an investigation.
Sooooo… where DO we go from here?