Scotland Yard has been ordered to divulge ‘crucial evidence’ in the trial of Prince Andrew.
According to his biographer, Scotland Yard should be required to provide “crucial evidence” connected to Prince Andrew’s court action in America.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has been urged by Nigel Cawthorne to demand that the Metropolitan Police produce detailed security data that could reveal the Duke of York’s whereabouts on the night he is accused of having sex with Virginia Giuffre. Mr Cawthorne’s call for the Yard to conduct a “full and proper inquiry” comes just three days before Andrew’s next civil case hearing in New York, when he will be represented by his new American counsel.
Mrs Giuffre, formerly Roberts, has accused the Queen’s second son, 61, of sexual assault and rape. She alleges she was forced to have sex with the Duke when she was 17 years old and is demanding damages of up to £14 million. Andrew is still wanted by the FBI as part of a global probe into his late pal, Wall Street millionaire and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The prince, who has categorically rejected all of the charges and claims he never met Mrs Giuffre, could face another potential minefield next month when Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged “procurer” of young females, goes on trial for the first time.
“There is no reason for Scotland Yard to conceal evidence and every justification to release the royal protection logs that describe where he goes every minute of every day,” said Mr Cawthorne, author of the best-selling book Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell, and the Palace, yesterday.
He cited a radio interview from August in which Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick promised: “I’ve ordered my team to go over the information again. No one is exempt from the law.” Mr. Cawthorne stated, ” “Andrew should cooperate with the FBI under the terms of a mutual legal assistance treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom. Priti Patel must uphold her end of the bargain by requesting that Scotland Yard release the records. We all hope Prince Andrew did not commit any of the reported crimes. Show us he’s not guilty, and we’ll get this over with.” In an exclusive Sunday Express poll conducted in August, an overwhelming 88 percent of British respondents felt Andrew should be questioned by the FBI. It was alleged last week that the Queen is squandering millions from her private Duchy. “Brinkwire News Summary.”