It’s been reported that the United States has put pressure on Britain in a bid to force Prince Andrew to co-operate with investigators over sex abuse allegations.
Investigators investigating the case of Ghislaine Maxwell and other associates of dead billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein are said to want to speak to the Duke of York about his association with the paedophile financier.
Officials from President Biden’s government reaffirmed the US and UK’s close relationship when it comes to offering legal assistance in criminal affairs amid mounting frustration over Prince Andrew’s unwillingness to engage with investigators.
A US government official told a newspaper outlet that the US and the United Kingdom have a close, fruitful and resilient law enforcement and mutual legal assistance relationship.
And it was said that they remain in close contact on many active cases daily and would proceed to solicit assistance in criminal matters as they provide similar assistance in return.
Prosecutors last year 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 speak to him.
The MLAT is a method used in criminal investigations to gather material from foreign nations which can’t easily be obtained on a cooperative basis but it’s understood the Duke of York has yet to co-operate.
And it’s been reported that Prince Andrew remains a person of interest to prosecutors in the office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, but they don’t expect to be able to question him in the foreseeable future.
As a person of interest, the Queen’s son is viewed at least as a possible witness, and interviewing him would form part of the investigation into potential co-conspirators.
Prosecutors earlier this month said Prince Andrew, 61, had endeavoured to falsely define himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate, but had provided no interview to federal authorities and had repeatedly declined requests to speak with investigators.
It comes as Virginia Giuffre, who said she was abused by Jeffrey Epstein, filed a civil complaint against Prince Andrew in Manhattan federal court.
Virginia Giuffre, who used to be known as Virginia Roberts, claims Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have unwanted sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew at the London home of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged Madame.
If the FBI want to interview Prince Andrew, why can’t they simply hop over to the United Kingdom and question him with his lawyer present?
And there must be many more in the US who went to far more parties and weekends at Jeffrey Epstein’s house et cetera, but they seem to be hell-bent on speaking to Prince Andrew, but I’m guessing that’s because he’s a high profile person around the world, whereas the others are seemingly far less, but then I’m guessing he’s an easy target as the Royal Family don’t argue back.
However, if Prince Andrew has nothing to hide, then the Royal Family should just hand him over, but we have to be careful here because let’s face it nobody out there is for truth and justice now.
And whether we like it or not, Prince Andrew has certain legal protections as a UK citizen, and anybody in his situation wouldn’t be stupid enough to give up those protections freely and just get on a plane to the US to testify under oath.