Andrew ‘angry at claims of zero cooperation in Epstein inquiry’

The Queen Attends Church At Hillington In Sandringham

The Duke of York is reported to be "angry and bewildered" at a claim by US authorities that he has provided "zero cooperation" over the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking inquiry.

A source close to Andrew told the Daily Telegraph the royal is "happy to talk" to the FBI but has not been approached by them.

US lawyer Geoffrey Berman said at a news conference in New York on Monday that the duke had not cooperated, despite his lawyers being contacted by prosecutors and the FBI as part of the probe.

Buckingham Palace did not comment following the press conference, but it was understood the matter was being dealt with by Andrew's legal team.

The source told the Telegraph: "The duke is more than happy to talk to the FBI but he hasn't been approached by them yet.

"He is angry about the way this is being portrayed and bewildered as to why this was said in New York."

Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by Epstein, said in an interview with BBC Panorama that she was left "horrified and ashamed" after an alleged sexual encounter with Andrew in London in 2001.

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Andrew categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.

He stepped down from royal duties in November following a disastrous Newsnight interview in the wake of the scandal.

At the time, he said: "I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency."

Following the interview, he was accused of failing to show regret over his friendship with the disgraced financier, who took his own life in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

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Mr Berman, who is overseeing the investigation, told reporters outside Epstein's New York mansion that "to date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation".

US lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents five of Epstein's alleged victims, said lawyer Mr Berman had been left with "no choice" but to comment publicly about Andrew's alleged lack of cooperation because he did not have the power to subpoena the royal as part of the criminal investigation.

Speaking to BBC News on Tuesday, she called on Andrew to "stop playing games" and "do the right thing" by speaking to the authorities to assist with their investigation into the inquiry.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending a church service at St Mary the Virgin Church in Hillington, Norfolk, eastern England, on January 19, 2020. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy. The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St Mary the Virgin, Hillington, Norfolk to attend a Sunday church service. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (C) accompanies Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she arrives at St Mary the Virgin Church in Hillington, Norfolk, eastern England, on January 19, 2020. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy. The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Prince Andrew, Duke of York attends church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham on January 19, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York attend church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham on January 19, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (R) accompanies Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she arrives for a church service at St Mary the Virgin Church in Hillington, Norfolk, eastern England, on January 19, 2020. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy. The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham on January 19, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Duke of York (right) arriving at St Mary the Virgin, Hillington, Norfolk to attend a Sunday church service. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St Mary the Virgin, Hillington, Norfolk to attend a Sunday church service. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II with the Duke of York arriving at St Mary the Virgin, Hillington, Norfolk to attend a Sunday church service. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending a morning church service at St Mary the Virgin church in Hillington, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York attend church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham on January 19, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves (R) after attending a church service at St Mary the Virgin Church in Hillington, Norfolk, eastern England, on January 19, 2020. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy. The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Queen Elizabeth II attends church at St Mary the Virgin church at Hillington in Sandringham on January 19, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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