When Prince Andrew stepped back from his royal duties last November over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, he made it clear that he was willing to assist law enforcement in their investigations of his former associate "if required."
"I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure," the Prince wrote in a personal statement.
"I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."
When Epstein died by suicide in jail last August, he was awaiting trial after having been arrested on multiple sex trafficking-related charges. But according to the United States Attorney in Manhattan today, FBI investigators have contacted attorneys for the Queen's son, but he has thus far provided "zero cooperation."
It's unclear at this point if Prince Andrew is "required" to assist them.
In addition to simply having been friends with Epstein, Prince Andrew has also been accused of having sex with one of Epstein's alleged victims Virginia Roberts (now Giuffre), when she was underage and being trafficked.
Buckingham Palace has yet to comment on the US Attorney's statement today, but in the past, the royal family has vehemently denied any accusation of inappropriate behavior on Andrew's part. "It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation."
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