Met Police Drops Child Rape Investigation into Prince Andrew: 'No Further Action'
Scotland Yard has dropped the probe into allegations prince raped sex-trafficked teen
The UK's Metropolitan Police Service has dropped its investigation into Britain's Prince Andrew over allegations he raped a child-sex-trafficked teenager in London, according to reports.
Scotland Yard revealed Sunday night it has abandoned its review of sex abuse allegations surrounding Andrew and deceased child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
After investigators reportedly spoke with accuser Virginia Roberts, the force has decided to take no further action, Met Police said in a statement.
Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre, says she was trafficked from the United States to England as a 17-year-old and forced to have sex with Andrew at Epstein's madame Ghislaine Maxwell's London home.
Roberts alleges that she was raped by Andrew on three separate occasions - in London, in Epstein's "House of Horrors" New York mansion, and on Epstein's private "Pedophile Island" in the Caribbean.
Scotland Yard has also decided to take no further action over claims that billionaire financier Epstein groomed and abused other young women in Britain.
Andrew, the Duke of York, 61, is facing a civil lawsuit in the US after Miss Roberts accused him of "rape in the first degree."
She said she was raped by him in London after a visit to Tramp nightclub in Mayfair.
Andrew has always vehemently denied the claims and his legal team is seeking to get the US case thrown out.
The Met had previously examined Ms. Giuffre's allegations against the duke but did not open a full investigation, saying the case was a matter for the US authorities.
After the civil lawsuit was filed in New York, Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said she had asked her officers to review the claim, adding: "No one is above the law."
But a Met spokesman said last night: "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 decision by the Met to remove the prospect of further action against Prince Andrew comes as:
- The Duke of York's siblings - Charles, Edward, and Anne - are said to have "closed the door" on the prospect of him making a return to public life;
- Sources say Prince William, who is "no fan of Uncle Andrew," branded him a "threat to the royal family";
- Prince Andrew is privately preparing to hand over "personal documents" for a civil case filed in New York against him by Virginia Roberts-Giuffre;
- A US District Judge granted permission for the duke's lawyers to receive a copy of a confidential agreement between Epstein and Ms. Giuffre.
The document referred to is the civil lawsuit filed by Miss Roberts in a New York court on August 9, in which she accused Prince Andrew of sexually abusing her when she was 17.
The lawsuit specifically mentions being forced to have sex with him at socialite Ghislaine Maxwell's townhouse in Mayfair.
The force refused to confirm or deny reports that its officers had spoken to Miss Roberts, 38, who lives in Australia and is known by her married name, Giuffre.
It was unclear if a formal statement was taken.
Scotland Yard said it "continues to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who lead the investigation into matters related to Jeffrey Epstein."
In her civil lawsuit, Miss Roberts also claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew at Epstein's mansion in New York and on Little St James, his private island in the Caribbean.
She alleges she was "trafficked" to London in March 2001, where she was photographed next to Andrew in Maxwell's house.
Andrew has insisted he has "no recollection" of meeting Miss Roberts and has repeatedly denied her account of events.
He has also claimed, without evidence, that the photograph of him with Roberts is a fake.
He told a 2019 Newsnight interview he was at a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking, Surrey, on the day they supposedly went dancing and before he raped her.
The prince claimed he couldn't have been there on that night because he was at the restaurant with his daughter in the daytime - Woking is roughly a one-hour drive from London.
He has hired a team of well-known US lawyers to fight Miss Roberts' civil claim in New York, where a preliminary hearing is due to be held next month.
His legal team will seek to have the case thrown out, but has said they will challenge the allegations on a point-by-point basis if the lawsuit is allowed to go ahead.
Miss Roberts has also alleged she has suffered "significant emotional and psychological distress and harm" because of her alleged abuse and is claiming damages which could run into millions of pounds if her case succeeds.
In her lawsuit, she claimed Andrew knew she was a victim of sex trafficking by Epstein, and also knew she was a minor under US law.
The lawsuit alleged she was "compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with Prince Andrew, and feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth, and authority."
Maxwell is to face a criminal trial next month accused of procuring and trafficking underage girls for Epstein.
She denies the allegations.
Andrew stepped back from public life after the disastrous Newsnight interview over his relationship with convicted pedophile Epstein, 66, who was found dead in his prison cell while awaiting trial on trafficking charges in 2019.
It comes as the duke's siblings have reportedly agreed at a secret summit in January that he should never be allowed to return to royal duties or any public role.
Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward have agreed there is "no way back" for Andrew, according to The Sun on Sunday newspaper.
Prince William also fears the scandal surrounding his uncle is "dangerous" for the Royal Family and could pose a reputational threat to the monarchy.
A source told The Sunday Times: "William is no fan of Uncle Andrew."
Another source told the newspaper: "There is no way in the world he's ever coming back, the family will never let it happen."
William, Charles, and the Queen held separate talks when Andrew stepped back from his royal duties, following his Newsnight interview over Miss Roberts' allegations.
He has kept a low profile since that interview, although he did speak to television cameras outside All Saints Chapel, Windsor Lodge, after the death of Prince Philip in April.