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Prince Andrew ‘meets Queen at Balmoral for emergency talks’ over Epstein scandal

Prince Andrew has met the Queen at Balmoral for emergency talks over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

The Duke of York made the lockdown trip to the Scottish Highlands in July after US prosecutors accused him of failing to assist their investigation into Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

However, the prince’s lawyers insisted he has repeatedly offered to help with the case.

The US Department of Justice officially asked for Andrew to be handed over to give evidence in a request to the Home Office in April.

The “Mutual Legal Assistance” (MLA) application bypassed Buckingham Palace and, if approved, could mean the royal is compelled to go to a British court to give evidence under oath as a witness if he refused to cooperate.

Speaking about the Balmoral trip, an insider told the Sun: “The Queen and Andrew will have lots to discuss. So much has come out over the summer.

“The Queen wants to be kept informed and she will not be back at Windsor until early October.”

The Met Police has said it is willing to help in the investigation.

So far Andrew has allegedly refused to be quizzed by New York prosecutors and lawyers representing Epstein’s victims, he vehemently denies any wrongdoing and that he has refused to provide assistance to the American authorities. 

He has been accused by the late paedophile’s former teen ”sex slave” Virginia Giuffre of having slept with her three times when show 17, a claim he refutes.

Although Andrew spent time with Epstein, who committed suicide last August while awaiting trial for underage sex trafficking, he has also denied witnessing any suspicious behaviour by Epstein.

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