LONDON – British police said on Monday they would take no further action after conducting a review of the evidence related to allegations of sex crimes against Queen Elizabeth’s son, Prince Andrew, and the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein.
London Police Chief Cressida Dick said in August that detectives would review the accusations for a third time although they would not launch an investigation, after Virginia Giuffre filed a lawsuit in the United States accusing the prince of sexual assault, which he always did. has denied.
Cressida Dick had said at the time that “no one is above the law.”
“As a matter of procedure, MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a civil action by the United States,” police said in a statement Monday. “This review has been completed and we do not take further action.”
In her civil lawsuit, Giuffre, 38, accused Andrew of forcing her to have sex as a minor at the London home of Epstein’s partner, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre also said that Andrew, 61, abused her at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion and on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
British royalty, ninth in line to the throne, have always denied those accusations or have any connection with Giuffre.
He was forced to give up his royal duties because of his friendship with Epstein, who committed suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while in custody on sex trafficking charges.
“It is not surprising that the Metropolitan Police have confirmed that, having reviewed the allegations of sexual assault against the duke for the third time, they are not taking further action,” said a source close to the prince.
Despite pressure from the media and claims of new evidence, the Met has concluded that the claims are not sufficient to warrant further investigation. The Duke has always vigorously maintained his innocence and continues to do so. “
The Sunday Times reported this week that London police had spoken to Giuffre about his allegations.
“The Metropolitan Police Service continues to be in contact with other law enforcement agencies leading the investigation into matters related to Jeffrey Epstein,” police said in their statement.
Last week, lawyers for Andrew, the queen’s second son, received permission to examine a confidential 2009 settlement between Epstein and Giuffre that they hope will absolve him of any responsibility in the case.