Political Dilemma: Why British Queen is Unlikely to ‘Give Up’ Prince Andrew Over Epstein Case

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s case has turned the spotlight on famous people associated with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. DOJ investigators want to hear from Prince Andrew who knew both Epstein and Maxwell for quite a while. Political commentator Alan Bailey has discussed how the inquiry may affect the British Royal Family and the post-Brexit UK’s prestige.
On Thursday, a batch of 2015 court documents from a settled civil defamation suit filed by Virginia Giuffre (née Roberts) against Ghislaine Maxwell was unsealed by a judge.

In her depositions, Giuffre, who accused billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his long-time associate Maxwell of abusing her, alleged that the pair forced her into having sex with numerous men including Prince Andrew, something that the British royal vehemently denies.

The Duke of York’s ties with the convicted sex offender Epstein have created a lot of embarrassment for the Royal Family prompting the prince to retire from public life in November 2019. In February 2020, Prince Andrew’s name was removed from Pitch@Palace, the startup-mentoring platform founded by him in 2014.

US Prosecutors Want Prince Andrew to Provide ‘Some Evidence’

Meanwhile, US federal prosecutors are pushing ahead with the criminal investigation into Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators and are seeking to interview the British royal.

“We would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk with us”, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss told reporters while announcing Maxwell’s arrest on 2 July 2020. “Our doors remain open”.