A US lawyer has said “push has come to shove” as she called upon Prince Andrew to help authorities with the investigation into the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking inquiry.
Lisa Bloom represents five of Epstein’s alleged victims and said of the Duke of York: “it’s time to stop playing games and to come forward to do the right thing”.
It comes after the attorney overseeing the investigation, Geoffrey Berman, told a news conference that the prince had so far “provided zero cooperation” despite his lawyers being contacted by prosecutors and the FBI.
Buckingham Palace was not commenting on the matter, but a source said: “This issue is being dealt with by the Duke of York's legal team.”
Lawyer Mark Stephens told talkRADIO that as a prince, Andrew had a "high level of immunity" in civil or criminal proceedings.
He told Julia Hartley-Brewer that "any competent lawyer" would advise the prince not to give evidence.
Jeffrey Epstein had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking before he was found dead
The Queen’s second son stepped down from public duties in November following widespread criticism of his friendship with Epstein, a convicted sex offender.
The decision came after a disastrous televised interview in which he said: “I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency.”
The prince faced a backlash following the conversation with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis and was accused of failing to show regret over his links with the disgraced financier.
Epstein took his own life in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Meanwhile Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by Epstein, has also said she was left “horrified and ashamed” after an alleged sexual encounter with Andrew in London in 2001.
Andrew categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.