Prince Andrew warned of ‘closing the circle’ as pressure from Epstein’s ranks mounts Royal | News

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The Duke of York has faced criticism for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein – who was due to stand trial on sex trafficking charges last year – before committing suicide in prison. Andrew has also been charged with having sex with alleged trafficking victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre on three separate occasions. Buckingham Palace vehemently denies these allegations. One statement reads: “It is categorically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. “Any statement to the contrary is false and without merit.”

Epstein’s former partner – Ghislaine Maxwell – faces charges of sex trafficking underage girls after being arrested in July.Maxwell denies the charges against her.

While in custody, a legal expert warned Andrew could face even more pressure due to the charges against Maxwell.

Professor Trevor Farrow, of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, said recent charges against Maxwell could complicate matters for Andrew.

He said: “If other people are accused and come forward… the circle seems to tighten around those who were involved.

“If he can credibly state that he had no idea what was going on, that will be one thing. If it’s something different, the circle seems to narrow on those who are directly involved in all of these activities. ”

In response to Professor Farrow’s claims, representatives for the Duke of York declined to comment.

Andrew invited Maxwell to Buckingham Palace in June of last year, The Sun said.

The fact that the British socialite was allowed to enter the iconic royal setting drew further criticism.

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Last month, an extradition lawyer told Sky News that it was “very likely” that the UK government will play a role in Andrew’s decision to tell US authorities about Jeffrey Epstein.

Lawyer Karen Todner said: ‘From what I understand Americans are not happy that Prince Andrew is making a prepared statement, that is not what they want from him, they want the opportunity. ask him questions and be under oath when he does. this. ”

She added: “Prince Andrew does not have diplomatic immunity, so if the process has started, it will follow.

“There are several reasons the UK authorities should consider to show that the MLA request was valid, that it was made for the right reasons, but I see no problem with that at this time. “



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