- US prosecutors have filed an MLA ordering Prince Andrew to come forward as a witness in the Jeffrey Epstein investigation.
- The prince has on numerous occasions been accused of not assisting prosecutors.
- After he defended himself on Monday, prosecutor Geoffrey Berman said once more that the royal is "falsely portray[ing] himself as willing to co-operate".
US prosecutor Geoffrey Berman says Prince Andrew is "falsely portray[ing] himself as willing to co-operate" in the Jeffrey Epstein case.
This after lawyers for the Duke of York said on Monday that allegations he's provided "zero co-operation" to US authorities investigating the convicted sex offender are "inaccurate".
"The Duke of York has on at least three occasions this year offered his assistance as a witness to the DOJ (Department of Justice)," attorneys for the royal said, according to ITV News.
"Unfortunately, the DOJ has reacted to the first two offers by breaching their own confidentiality rules and claiming that the duke has offered zero co-operation. In doing so, they are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered."
According to BBC, in response, prosecutor Geoffrey Berman – the same lawyer who previously accused the prince of not assisting authorities – said: "Today, Prince Andrew yet again sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to co-operate with an ongoing federal criminal investigation into sex trafficking and related offences committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.
He added: "The prince has not given an interview to federal authorities, has repeatedly declined our request to schedule such an interview and nearly four months ago informed us unequivocally – through the very same counsel who issued today's release – that he would not come in for such an interview.
"If Prince Andrew is, in fact, serious about co-operating with the ongoing federal investigation, our doors remain open, and we await word of when we should expect him."
Prince Andrew's friendship with financier, Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life in prison in August of last year, has seen much scrutiny over the years, but since his "disastrous" BBC News Night interview at the end of last year, things have only gotten worse for Queen Elizabeth's son.
Though he vehemently denies allegations made by Virginia Roberts Giuffre that when she was seventeen, she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with Andrew on three occasions, the backlash has resulted in the royal stepping down from his official duties and representing the monarchy.
Now, US prosecutors have reportedly made a formal request to speak to the prince by filing of a Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) – a method of cooperation between two states for help in a legal or criminal matter – to the Home Office.