Queen summons Prince Andrew for crisis talks over paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

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Queen Elizabeth has reportedly summoned the 60-year-old to Balmoral where she’s currently staying. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth has reportedly summoned the 60-year-old to Balmoral where she’s currently staying. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

She is known for wanting to be kept in the loop at all times with all matters that concern her and her family – and nowhere is this more pertinent than with her embattled middle son, Prince Andrew.

Queen Elizabeth has reportedly summoned the 60-year-old to Balmoral where she’s currently staying for crisis talks over billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York has reportedly left his home in Windsor to rush to the Scottish highlands’ castle to see his mother for the first time since July.

A source told the Sun, “The queen and Andrew will have lots to discuss. So much has come out over the summer.

“The queen wants to be kept informed and she will not be back at Windsor Castle until early October.”

Last November she stripped Andrew of his official royal duties due to his alleged involvement with the American financier and convicted sex offender, who committed suicide in a jail cell last August.

A friend of the duke told the UK’s Sun at the time, “The queen summoned him to Buckingham Palace and it was a devastating moment for both of them. His reputation is in tatters.”

Her move followed the car crash interview Andrew did with the BBC in which he tried to clear his name, but which instead saw him being ridiculed by the public.

Andrew has since been accused of failing to help US prosecutors in their investigation into Epstein and his girlfriend-turned-madam Ghislaine Maxwell (58), who is currently awaiting trial in prison.

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Melania Trump, Prince Andrew, Gwendolyn Beck and Jeffrey Epstein at a party at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Last month Epstein's accuser Virginia Roberts (37) said he played a “guessing game” with Ghislaine's age, even comparing her to his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.

“Before he abused me, when we just met, Ghislaine did this guessing game and he guessed right. I was 17 and he compared me to his daughters, saying, ‘Oh, my daughters are a few years younger than you’.”

Virginia, who now goes by her married surname Giuffre, has accused Andrew of having sex with her on three separate occasions including when she was 17, a minor under US law.

Speaking in the documentary series Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, she calls him “an abuser”.

“Prince Andrew is not the prince from the fairy tale stories you read. Andrew deserves to be outed. He deserves to be held accountable. He's an abuser.”

Andrew has categorically denied he has had any form of sexual contact or relationship with her.

US prosecutors have said they only want to talk to Andrew as a possible witness but so far he has continued to ignore them.

Former US attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Geoffrey Berman declared in January that Andrew had provided “zero” cooperation, despite earlier promises to do so.

After Ghislaine’s arrest in July, acting US attorney Audrey Strauss, said, “We would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us. We would like to have the benefit of his statement.”

Andrew, according to his legal team, has three times offered his assistance to the Americans. 

“Unfortunately the justice department has reacted to the first two offers by breaching their own confidentiality rules and claiming that the duke has offered zero co-operation,” his lawyers said in a statement. “In doing so they are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered.”

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, usatoday.com

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