Police urged to investigate Britain’s Prince Andrew
Campaigners have urged for Scotland Yard to investigate Britain’s Prince Andrew.
The National Association of People Abused in Childhood has requested the Metropolitan Police Service looks into claims the Duke of York engaged in sexual relations with a woman in London when she was 17.
Peter Saunders, chief executive of the charity, said: “If crimes have been committed here, they should be investigated.”
Virginia Roberts – now 30 – claims she was procured by the 54-year-old’s friend, convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, to have sex with the prince on three separate occasions, one of which being in London while the other incidents are alleged to have taken place in New York and on Jeffrey’s private Caribbean island.
Mr Saunders said: “Virginia Roberts has claimed she was trafficked and used and abused by Epstein, who is a convicted child abuser.
“I have urged police to look to see whether there is any evidence that what happened in London is a crime. If it is, he should be extradited from the US and made to face charges here.”
The charity executive has passed on his concerns to Commander Peter Spindler, who was formerly the head of Operation Yewtree, investigating alleged historic sexual abuse by celebrities.
He added: “Whatever the fallout for Prince Andrew is for him to worry about.”
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is “considering” looking into the allegations but said their “current activity” does not warrant an investigation as the case is currently being dealt with by a court in Florida.
A spokesman told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “A third party, with no involvement in the matter, has approached us. Officers are considering this. Our current activity does not constitute an investigation.”
Prince Andrew denies the claims, with Buckingham Palace issuing a statement earlier this month saying the allegations are “categorically untrue.”