The London Metropolitan Police ‘drop investigation into Prince Andrew sexual abuse allegations’, reports have claimed
Scotland Yard will not be investigating sexual abuse allegations against the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, according to Met Police reports.
The Met has reportedly spoken to the accuser Virginia Giuffre and are now said to have decided that they will not take any further action in regard to her claims.
The son of the Queen faces a civil suit within the United States which was brought by Ms Giuffre, who had claimed that he raped her when she was just 17 years old.
The Met was also said to have now decided not to take further action over Ms Giuffre’s claims against the late paedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who she says had trafficked her when the alleged incidents with Place Andrew took place.
This comes after Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is facing mounting calls to resign, after Wayne Couzens – nicknamed ‘The Rapist’ by colleagues – was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of Sarah Everard.
Ms Giuffre has said that she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001, when she was around 17 years old.
She also said that she was made to have sex with him in Epstein’s New York mansion, as well as on his private island.
Prince Andrew and Ms Maxwell both deny the claims against them.
Police are yet to confirm whether they spoke to Ms Giuffre recently.
Back in August, the Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick said that the force would monitor developments in the civil suit against the Prince within the US and review its position not to open an investigation into these allegations.
The London Met has examined Ms Giuffre’s allegations at least twice since the year 2015 but is yet to have opened an investigation, saying that the matter is for authorities within the United States.
The force reportedly has said it would continue to work with the US police on matters relating to Jeffrey Epstein.
A statement reported in The Mirror said: “As a matter of procedure MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action. This review has concluded and we are taking no further action.
“We also reviewed information passed to us by a media organisation in June 2021. This review is complete and no further action will be taken.”
This comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak has suggested that he may have to introduce further tax rises on the public as the economy emerges from the global COVID-19 crisis, declaring that: “Our recovery comes with a cost.”
Prince Andrew’s lawyers will have until the 29th of October to file responses to Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit. His lawyers have acknowledged that he had been served at the end of September, weeks following Ms Giuffre’s lawyers said that they had delivered the suit.
This week, the royal’s lawyers were given permission to review a 2009 settlement between Ms Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein, which they believe will end the suit against him.