U.S. officials wish to question the Queen’s son about his friendship with the late sex offender as they investigate potential co-conspirators, according to Reuters.
Andrew, 61, is seen at least as a potential witness in the investigation, sources told the outlet.
It comes just a week after an alleged victim of Epstein sued Andrew in U.S. court for alleged sexual abuse.
Virginia Giuffre claims the Queen’s 61-year-old son sexually assaulted her at Epstein’s mansion in New York City and two other locations when she was under 18.
Ms Giuffre filed her case in New York federal court just days before the expiration date of a state law that allows alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse to file claims that would otherwise be prevented by limitation periods.
Buckingham Palace and Prince Andrew have both firmly denied any wrongdoing.
The independent contacted Buckingham Palace for comment, while Prince Andrew’s legal team said they had no comment.
While Andrew may be a person of interest to investigators, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York does not plan to be able to question him anytime soon.
Epstein committed suicide in a New York City jail cell in 2019, pending trial on sex trafficking charges.
Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges of causing teenage girls to sexually abuse Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
His trial is scheduled to take place in November.
Prince Andrew gave an interview to the BBC in November 2019 in which he denied Ms Giuffre’s allegations.
In it, he claimed that a 2001 photograph, in which he had his arm around the waist of the 17-year-old, could have been forged.
“I don’t think this photograph was taken in the manner suggested,” he said.
“I think from the investigations that we have done, you cannot prove whether this photograph is falsified or not, because it is a photograph of a photograph of a photograph. So it’s very difficult to prove it, but I don’t remember this photo ever being taken.
He also said he had an alibi for the date in question, when the photo was allegedly taken by Epstein at Ms Maxwell’s London home.
” I was at home. I was with the kids and took Beatrice on a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at, I guess, sort of 4 or 5 in the afternoon, ”he said.
“And then, because the Duchess was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other is there. I was on terminal leave during the Royal Navy days, so I was home.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick last week said London Police were reviewing their files but were not opening an investigation into Prince Andrew.