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Prince Andrew ‘a person of interest’ in Epstein probe, but ‘doesn’t seem to want to talk’

18 August 2021 - 08:57 By Mark Hosenball
Investigators want to interview Prince Andrew in the Jeffrey Epstein investigation, according to a source. File photo.
Investigators want to interview Prince Andrew in the Jeffrey Epstein investigation, according to a source. File photo.
Image: Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

US prosecutors investigating the activities of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and others linked to US financier Jeffrey Epstein consider Prince Andrew a person of interest, said a source familiar with the US inquiry.

Investigators want to interview Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, about his friendship with Epstein as part of their inquiry into possible co-conspirators, the source said. As a person of interest he is viewed at least as a potential witness.

In 2020 prosecutors said he had “sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to co-operate”, but had not given an interview to federal authorities and had repeatedly declined requests to talk to investigators.

While Andrew remains a person of interest to prosecutors in the office of the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, they do not expect to be able to interview him in the foreseeable future, if ever, according to the source.

“He doesn’t seem to want to talk to us,” said the source.

Representatives of the Prince declined to comment.

Earlier this month, Virginia Giuffre, who has alleged she was abused by Epstein, filed a civil complaint against Andrew in a Manhattan federal court. Giuffre alleged Andrew forced her to have unwanted sexual intercourse at Maxwell’s London home.

Andrew has denied the allegation.

Epstein died by suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges that she procured teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004. She is expected to go on trial in November.

Last year prosecutors sent the British government a formal request, known as a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) submission, asking for access to the prince so they could talk to him.

The MLAT is a procedure used in criminal investigations to gather material from foreign countries which cannot readily be obtained on a co-operative basis.

Giuffre’s lawyer had no immediate comment.