Prince Andrew broke cover today for a horse ride in Windsor as lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell’s victims called for the royal to be the FBI’s ‘next target’.
The Duke of York smiled as he rode through Windsor Great Park this morning on a brown steed, before getting behind the wheel of his Range Rover to return home.
Yesterday his friend, Maxwell, 60, was jailed for 20 years after a court heard how she trafficked vulnerable teenagers to billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s various properties in Manhattan and the US Virgin Islands for him to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Lawyers representing Epstein’s victims have now urged US authorities to investigate a string of other associates of the warped couple, including Andrew, whose role in the scandal led to a spectacular fall from grace.
Lawyer Spencer Kuvin, who represents several of the victims, told the Mirror there is also another Briton who they want to see probed.
It comes after the Duke of York, 62, has largely withdrawn from public life since reaching a ‘£12million’ out-of-court settlement with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre earlier this year. Miss Roberts claimed she was trafficked by Epstein when she was a minor so she could be sexually abused by Andrew. The Queen subsequently stripped the duke of his HRH status, military titles and royal patronages. He has always denied the allegations.
Maxwell, the daughter of media tycoon Robert Maxwell, met Andrew while studying history at the University of Oxford in the early 1980s. The duke later invited the disgraced socialite and her boyfriend Epstein to Windsor Castle and the Sandringham estate.
Speaking outside New York’s federal court, Lisa Bloom, who represents several Epstein victims, said: ‘We call upon the FBI to fully investigate Prince Andrew.
‘Virginia Giuffre’s civil case should be just the beginning. Everyone associated with Epstein and Maxwell should be carefully investigated.’
Spencer Kuvin, who represents several of Epstein and Maxwell’s victims, told the Mirror: ‘Obviously, Andrew is one of the targets they will be looking into. He should definitely be concerned, but… if he did nothing wrong, then come forward and tell the full story to the FBI, not the media.’
And asked about others possibly linked to Maxwell and Epstein, Brad Edwards added: ‘Let’s hope they’re the next target. If we have anything to do with it, they will be.’
In January 2020, then US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said: ‘To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation.’
US investigators later applied to the British government to hand over the duke to give evidence through a ‘Mutual Legal Assistance’ request to the Home Office, bypassing Buckingham Palace. If approved, the FBI could ask Andrew to be compelled to go to a British court to give evidence under oath as a witness. The Home Office has refused to comment on the status of the MLA.
Representatives for the Duke of York declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.
Source: Daily Mail