The Metropolitan Police will be taking ‘no further action’ into allegations Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein committed sex crimes in the UK, it has been revealed.
The force said after conducting two reviews and reviewing recent material into multiple claims that young women had been groomed or abused on UK soil by the royal and Epstein they would be dropping their investigation.
It comes after it was revealed the Duke of York’s legal team will be allowed to review a previously secret settlement which his lawyers hope will shield him from a sex abuse lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre.
Tonight, the Met said that they would continue to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who are leading the investigation into Epstein.
However they have not detailed which agencies they are.
The Police will be taking ‘no further action’ into allegations Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein committed sex crimes in the UK
Pictured: The Duke of York with Virginia Roberts, then 17, and Ghislaine Maxwell in London
This week it was revealed that Prince Andrew’s legal team will be allowed to review a previously secret settlement.
A US District Judge granted permission for the Duke of York’s lawyers to receive a copy of a confidential agreement between the late financier Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre, 38, is launching a US civil case against Prince Andrew, accusing him of sexually abusing her two decades ago.
The 61-year-old royal, who is not facing any criminal charges, ‘categorically’ denies Ms Giuffre’s claims against him.
Ms Giuffre, who has also accused Epstein of abuse, signed a settlement deal with the financier in 2009 as part of a Florida state case – to which the duke was not a party.
The deal between her and Esptein, who died in his jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges, has remained confidential.
Virginia Roberts accused the prince of having sex with her on three occasions when she was 17, knowing she had been trafficked by his close friend, the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein
Ms Giuffre is launching a US civil case against Prince Andrew, accusing him of sexually abusing her two decades ago
This week it was revealed that Prince Andrew’s legal team will be allowed to review a previously secret settlement
Epstein’s estate had agreed to let Prince Andrew’s legal team review the legal document, but court approval was needed.
At a hearing in Manhatten District Judge Loretta Preska granted the approval.
It came after, Andrew Brettler, a lawyer for the prince, told the judge overseeing Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit that he believed the agreement ‘absolves our client from any and all liability.’
During the first pre-trial hearing of the case last month, he said: ‘There has been a settlement agreement that the plaintiff has entered into in a prior action that releases the duke and others from any and all potential liability.’
However, David Boies, one of the lawyers representing Ms Giuffre, said in a court filing last month that he believed the settlement was ‘irrelevant’ to her case against the prince.
Sheltering Prince Andrew at Balmoral and ‘privately funding his fight against US sex abuse lawsuit’ is damaging the Queen’s image, a royal expert has claimed this week
He said: ‘Although we believe that the release is irrelevant to the case against Prince Andrew, now that service has been accepted and the case is proceeding to a determination on the merits, we believe that counsel for Prince Andrew have a right to review the release and to make whatever arguments they believe appropriate based on it.’
This week a royal expert claimed Prince Andrew, who is sheltering at Balmoral, is damaging the Queen’s image.
The royal, who is now back at his 30-room mansion at Royal Lodge in Windsor, had spent three weeks at Balmoral with his mother and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, allegedly to avoid having papers notifying him about the bombshell sex case.
Her Majesty, 95, also agreed to pay for the duke’s legal defence last year shortly after his disastrous interview on BBC Newsnight, according to the Daily Telegraph.
But royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat that the Queen ‘so publicly supporting Andrew’, who has ‘no accessible money’, is ‘damaging her image’ – particularly in America.