Buckingham Palace is strongly coming to the defense of Prince
Andrew, 54, a second time this week. In recent court documents pertaining to
billionaire Jeffrey Epstein,
Queen Elizabeth’s second eldest son, who is fifth in line to the throne, has been
accused of having sex with a teenager.
The Palace vehemently denies the allegations against Andrew
In the motion, the woman mentioned only as “Jane Doe 3”
claims that Jeffrey loaned her out to other wealthy and powerful men that
included Andrew. The then 17-year-old states that she had sex with the Duke of
York in London, New York and Jeffrey’s private island in the U.S. Virgin
Islands between 1999 and 2002.
A Palace spokesperson,
however, has “emphatically denied” the Duke’s involvement. The Palace
continued, “The allegations made are false
and without any foundation."
Prince Andrew is said to be the Queen's favorite son
This statement follows
the initial forceful response from the Palace when the papers were first made
public: "This relates to long-running and
ongoing civil proceedings in the United States to which the Duke of York is not
a party. As such we would not comment in detail, however, for the avoidance of
doubt, any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically
On Sunday, lawyer Paul Cassell released this statement on behalf of his client, "Jane Doe 3," who is now 30 years old: "I am looking forward to vindicating my rights as an innocent victim
and pursuing all available recourse. It appears that I am now being unjustly
victimized again. These types of aggressive attacks on me
are exactly the reason why sexual abuse victims typically remain silent and the
reason why I did for a long time. That trend should change. I'm not going to be
bullied back into silence."
Eugene and Beatrice are with their father on holiday in Switzerland
For now, Prince Andrew is
set to return to the United Kingdom from his vacation at Swiss ski resort
Verbier, where he has been spending time with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and
daughter Princess Eugenie.