British Prince Andrew, the second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, is facing increasing pressure in the sexual case of the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein to cooperate fully with American investigators. The Guardian reported on Friday. The US prosecutor’s office claims that the prince avoids cooperation, while Andrew, according to media reports, is confused by the request because he was in contact with the American side.
Sixty-six-year-old Epstein was arrested last July on charges of forcing a minor girl into prostitution. In early August, he was hanged in a prison cell in New York. Virginia Giuffre, who claims to be one of the financial victims, claims that Prince Andrew forced her to have sex several times at Epstein’s initiative as a teenager. Andrew has denied the allegations and claims, like other people with whom Epstein has been seen, that he did not know about financial sexual offenses.
Epstein often moved in the company of influential figures, alongside Andrew, the current US Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic predecessor Bill Clinton.
Andrew’s attention has now come to him after Thursday’s arrest of Epstein’s longtime British partner Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of involvement in financially alleged sex crimes. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said investigators would welcome Andrew to talk to them. “I have nothing more to add than, as I just said, our doors are still open,” Strauss said.
An unnamed source, close to the prince’s working group, said Andrew’s lawyers had been in contact with the US Department of Justice twice in the past month. “The prince’s team is confusing given that we have communicated twice with the US Department of Justice twice in the last month, from which we have not yet received a response,” The Guardian quoted a source from Andrew’s neighborhood. The prince’s lawyers also claim that Andrew voluntarily offered assistance to the US Department of Justice three times this year, but the US party refused.