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Buckingham Palace responds to Prince Andrew ‘groping’ allegation

Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Buckingham Palace has responded to news that the Duke of York has been named in newly released US court papers which allege he groped a woman at a party hosted by Jeffrey Epstein.

The accusation was revealed by a judge on Friday after the allegation was contained in documents from a 2015 defamation case.

Buckingham Palace said that these court documents relate to US proceedings “to which the Duke Of York is not a party”.

They added: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”

Prince Andrew has denied all accusations of wrongdoing for many years, having been heavily scrutinised for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. The pair were photographed together in 2010 after the billionaire had served an 18-month prison sentence for soliciting a minor for prostitution.

In 2011 the Duke apologised for his friendship and was forced to step down as the UK special representative for trade and investment.

Epstein was facing federal sex trafficking charges in New York, however, news emerged of his death on Saturday morning.

The disgraced financier killed himself in his Manhattan cell just a few hours after the new court documents were opened.

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