The Metropolitan Police are taking no further action after a review prompted by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser who is taking legal action against the Duke of York, 61. Virginia Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. She claims she was trafficked by Epstein, the duke’s former friend, to have sex with Andrew in London when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law. The duke has denied all the allegations.
BBC royal correspondent Nick Witchell has said: “I think one must suppose that the Royal Family is relieved that there isn’t to be a criminal investigation in the United Kingdom.
“But more broadly, there is continuing concern over the situation in which Andrew finds himself.
“There is not the slightest sign that the civil action is going to go away in the United States.
“We recall it when he stepped back from public life, Prince Andrew said that he would cooperate fully with any legitimate inquiries in the US.
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“Frankly, there has been very little evidence of that happening.
“He appears to have hoped that if he ignored it, it would all go away. Again, that hasn’t happened.
“There appears to have been a change by tactics by Prince Andrew and his lawyers, celebrity lawyers in the US are now engaging in the civil lawsuit and his family one must assume that he can establish his innocence.
“We must repeat he has denied any impropriety but it is a distraction from other things and frankly it’s not a good place for a member of the British Royal Family to find himself in.”
In August, when asked about the recently reported US legal action, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she had asked officers to again review allegations connected to Epstein.
In a radio interview, she said “no-one is above the law” when questioned about claims of sexual assault against Andrew.
On Sunday, the Met said: “As a matter of procedure MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action. This review has concluded and we are taking no further action.”
The update – first reported by Channel 4 News – also confirmed the force had completed its review into allegations reported in June by the broadcaster that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the late Epstein’s former girlfriend, trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls in the UK.
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The Met said: “We also reviewed information passed to us by a media organisation in June 2021. This review is complete and no further action will be taken.”
The force said it is continuing to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who are leading the investigation into matters associated with Epstein.
The Sunday Times reported that officers had contacted Ms Giuffre, but the Met said they do not confirm who they might have spoken to as part of police inquiries.
Last week, a US judge agreed for Andrew’s lawyers to receive a copy of a 2009 settlement they believe will nullify the civil case against the royal.