The United States has pressured Britain in an attempt to force Prince Andrew to cooperate with investigators into the allegations of sexual abuse, it has been learned.
Investigators investigating the case of Ghislaine Maxwell and other associates of deceased billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein would like to speak to the Duke of York about his friendship with the pedophile financier.
Officials in President Biden’s government have reaffirmed the “close relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom in providing “legal assistance” in criminal matters amid growing frustration at the refusal of the United States. Prince Andrew to engage with investigators
A US government official told The Sun: “The United States and the United Kingdom have a close, productive and resilient relationship in law enforcement and mutual legal assistance.
The United States has pressured Britain to force Prince Andrew (pictured with Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell) to cooperate with investigators over allegations of sexual abuse
“We remain in close contact on a daily basis on many active cases and will continue to seek help in criminal matters as we provide similar assistance in return. “
Last year, prosecutors sent the UK government a formal request, known as a submission to the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), asking for access to the prince so they could speak to him.
Pictured: Jeffrey Epstein
MLAT is a procedure used in criminal investigations to collect documents from foreign countries that cannot be easily obtained on a cooperative basis, but it is understood that the Duke of York has not yet cooperated.
Andrew remains a person of interest to prosecutors in the Southern District of New York City’s U.S. Attorney’s Office – but they don’t expect to be able to interview him for the foreseeable future, if ever this is reported.
As a person of interest, the Queen’s son is seen at least as a potential witness – and questioning him would be part of the investigation into possible co-conspirators.
Prosecutors said earlier this month that Andrew, 61, had “falsely sought to present himself to the public as willing and willing to cooperate,” but had given no interviews to federal authorities and repeatedly refused requests to speak with investigators.
It comes as Virginia Giuffre, who said she was abused by Epstein, filed a civil lawsuit against Andrew in federal court in Manhattan.
Ms Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, alleges that Epstein forced her to have unwanted sex with Andrew at the London home of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell – the alleged Madame d’Epstein.
Ms Giuffre is now suing Andrew in New York City court over allegations of ‘first degree rape’, sexual assault and sexual abuse, saying she believed she would be murdered by Epstein if she did not sleep with him. Andrew.
The Duke of York strongly denied these allegations.
Earlier this month, Britain’s top police officer Dame Cressida Dick revealed that she had asked Met detectives to look into the allegations against the prince, warning: “No one is in the picture. above the law ”.
Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges of causing teenage girls to sexually abuse Epstein between 1994 and 2004. She is due to stand trial in November.
Epstein died in his jail cell in 2019 after being charged with sex trafficking.
Representatives for the prince declined to comment, but previously denied any wrongdoing of non-assistance.