Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Prince Andrew 'may never return to public life'

Prince Andrew 'may never return to public life'

Virginia Roberts, who claims she was trafficked by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions almost 20 years ago, has responded to the prince's denial of her allegations against him by saying: "He knows what happened, I know what happened, and there's only one of us telling the truth".

Roberts has claimed Epstein paid her to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions starting in 2001, including once in London.

Also Thursday, London's Metropolitan Police disclosed that it had received a complaint in July 2015 accusing Epstein "and a British woman" - presumably that's a reference to Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's longtime companion - of "nonrecent trafficking for sexual exploitation".

It concluded the following year that it would not launch a full criminal investigation as the focus would largely be on activities and relationships outside Britain.

An extra 30 minutes has been added to the running time of the investigative "Panorama" show.

The Met reviewed that decision in August after Epstein took his own life in USA custody while he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

He said the decision was reviewed after Epstein's death and police decided not to change policy.

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Prince Andrew's accuser Virginia Giuffre is set to reveal more details about her allegations against the embattled prince, with a trailer released today ahead of her BBC interview on Monday.

"The Duke of York suggested he will take a step back from public life for the foreseeable future but the reality is he has been told it could be for a very, very long time, potentially forever".

Prince Andrew has denied that he ever met a young Roberts Giuffre and alleges a picture of the two of them has been Photoshopped.

"[The prince] knows what happened, I know what happened".

The interview was recorded before the prince had his own on-air interview, telling BBC that he had "no recollection" of meeting Giuffre.

While the Queen took the lead on handling the response to the scandal around Prince Andrew, Prince Charles also had a strong involvement, a newspaper's royal correspondent says.

However, after Prince Andrew's interview failed to provide any clarity and only created more answers than questions, he was forced to step down from royal duties.

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