Andrew’s lawyers, who met Epstein through his friendship with Maxwell, say he has offered help three times this year.
When asked what the answer would be if US officials asked for official access to Prince Andrew, whose official title is the Duke of York, Johnson said, “No such approach has been taken. It is the affair of the royal family ”.
He continued: “Everyone’s sympathies are very close to the victims of Jeffrey Epstein, but you would not expect me to comment on matters concerning the royal family. ”
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“The law must be enforced and the law must be respected,” Johnson said on LBC radio.
In June, Geoffrey Berman, then US attorney for Manhattan, said that Andrew had “sought to falsely present himself to the public as willing and willing to cooperate” in their investigation.
Meanwhile, a US law enforcement official confirmed to Reuters that US authorities investigating Epstein had sent the British government a formal request, known as a MLA submission. , requesting access to the prince.
After Maxwell was arrested and charged on Thursday with luring underage girls so that Epstein sexually abused, US acting prosecutor Audrey Strauss said, “We are pleased to welcome Prince Andrew to speak with us. ”
Andrew’s legal team accused the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) of seeking publicity rather than help, dismissing charges that it had offered “zero cooperation”.
“Duke’s team remains puzzled since we have contacted the DOJ twice in the past month, and to date we have had no response,” said a source close to the team. ‘Andrew in response to Strauss’ remarks.