PRINCE Andrew has refused three requests to be interviewed in Jeffrey Epstein’s investigation, a lawyer for the dead paedo’s alleged victims has claimed.
David Boies is representing a number of the disgraced financier’s alleged victims, including Virginia Roberts.
Ms Roberts, 36, alleges Epstein used her as a sex slave and forced her to sleep with the Duke of York three times in 2001 when she was 17.
Prince Andrew, 60, has always strongly denied the allegations against him.
Mr Boies said he has tried to contact Prince Andrew over the past few months.
He told The Mirror: “We’ve made at least three formal written attempts to his address in London and also to his lawyers in the past few months.”
Mr Boies has also urged the royal to ask himself: “If I avoid extradition, do I really want this hanging over my head and my family’s head for the rest of my life? Do I want my epitaph to be I succeeded in escaping justice?”
Mr Boies added: “Often, people in his position are surrounded by advisers who think they will be more valued if they come across as very aggressive on their principal’s behalf and that can lead to somebody not getting very good advice.”
However, pals of the Prince have accused the attorney of acting out of “self-promotion”.
One told The Mirror that “no competent legal team” would advise on cooperating with “for-profit civil lawyers”.
‘THREE FORMAL COMPLAINTS’
They added: “That begs the question as to why these firms continue to pursue the Duke and not Epstein’s estate. The answer is surely self-promotion.”
Geoffrey Berman – the US attorney who indicted paedo Epstein last year – has previously said both his office and the FBI had reached out to the under-fire British royal via his lawyers.
In January, he said: “The Southern District of New York and the FBI have contacted Prince Andrew’s attorneys and requested to interview Prince Andrew, and to date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation.
“He publicly offered, indeed in a press release, to cooperate with law enforcement investigating the crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his co-conspirators.”
In November, Andrew had said he was prepared to assist US officials with investigations into Epstein and his associates.
During the car crash BBC interview that led to him stepping back from public life, he said: “Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”
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Epstein hanged himself last summer at a jail in Manhattan, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Prosecutors had accused him of sexually exploiting dozens of women and girls in New York and Florida.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the claims.