Queen and Prince Andrew held 'emergency' meeting about Jeffrey Epstein scandal after Ghislaine Maxwell's arrest

The prince's lawyers said that there was no need to make a big deal about the trip, insisting he has repeatedly offered to help with the case


                            Queen and Prince Andrew held 'emergency' meeting about Jeffrey Epstein scandal after Ghislaine Maxwell's arrest
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Prince Andrew met the Queen at Balmoral for emergency talks over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal after US prosecutors accused him of failing to assist their investigation into the disgraced billionaire pedophile and Ghislaine Maxwell.

However, the prince's lawyers said that there was no need to make a big deal about the trip, insisting he has repeatedly offered to help with the case. "The Queen and Andrew will have lots to discuss. So much has come out over the summer,'' an insider told the Sun. “The Queen wants to be kept informed and she will not be back at Windsor until early October.”

The Department of Justice in the US has officially asked for the allowance of Prince Andrew to be officially interrogated to give evidence in the investigation in a request to the Home Office in April. The 'Mutual Legal Assistance' (MLA) application bypassed Buckingham Palace and If it's approved, it could mean the royal could be summoned to a British court to give evidence under oath as a witness if he refused to cooperate.

The Met Police has said it is willing to help in the investigation. So far, New York prosecutors and lawyers representing Epstein's victims have been unable to get Andrew to answer some important questions as he has refused to aid the American authorities in the investigation. He has vehemently maintained his innocence in the case, denying any wrongdoing on his part. 

Prince Andrew, Duke of York visits Mother London on March 13, 2013, in London, England (Getty Images)

The convicted sex offender, who died by suicide in August last year while awaiting trial for underage sex trafficking, spent considerable time with the Queen's younger son. The pedophile's former teen ''sex slave'' Virginia Giuffre has accused Andrew of sleeping with her three times when she was a minor, a claim he refutes. After New York Judge Loretta Preska released an unpublished manuscript of a book that Giuffre herself had written where she detailed the abuse she went through, last month, it was reported that Andrew used a 'Spitting Image' puppet from the TV show back in April 2001 of himself to grope two of Epstein's sex slaves in an NYC mansion owned by the billionaire which has been dubbed as the 'House of Horrors'. 

Andrew was then taken into 'the dungeon' for an erotic massage by Giuffre. In the book, Giuffre wrote, "Prince Andrew had that notorious cheesy grin slapped over his face, as he looked me up and down like a shiny new car on display and he was about to take it for a test drive. Ghislaine led me to the decadent sofa he was lounging on and twirled me around to give him a good look over before sitting me down on his lap. It was easy to give them the reaction they desired, all I had to do was pretend to be entertained by their lewd gestures, and when Andrew cupped my breast with a doll made in his image, I only giggled away.''

She revealed how another woman Johanna Sjoberg was also made to sit on Andrew's lap and was fondled with the puppet. Sjoberg has also spoken out about her encounter with Andrew and the puppet. On oath, Sjoberg had said, "I sat on Andrew's lap... they took the puppet's hands and put it on Virginia's breast, and so Andrew put his on mine."

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