LONDON – Buckingham Palace on Friday denied “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by Prince Andrew.
The official denial of the long-standing allegations came after the duke of York, brother to heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, was named in documents an unnamed woman filed in a U.S. court case involving financier Jeffrey Epstein.
She claims that between 1999 and 2002 she was forced by Epstein to have sex with the prince when she was a minor.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman was quoted by the BBC as saying that “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”
The prince is believed to have broken off his friendship with Epstein in 2011. The financier was convicted of sex offenses in 2008 and released from prison in 2009.
Buckingham Palace pointed out that the allegations have been around for a long time and that the prince is not a named party to the legal claim, which is directed against federal prosecutors.