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Metropolitan Police to take no further action against Prince Andrew following review of sexual assault claims

The Metropolitan Police has ended an investigation into the actions of the Duke of York that was prompted by the case of Virginia Giuffre.

Ms Giuffre is currently taking legal action against Prince Andrew in the US, claiming he sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

In her civil case, Virginia Giuffre says she was trafficked to London at the age of 17 by financier and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, and forced to engage in sexual acts with the prince. She also alleges she was sexually assaulted by him in New York and on a Caribbean island owned by Epstein. Prince Andrew has consistently denied all the allegations.

The Metropolitan Police review began in August 2021 following the start of Ms Giuffre’s legal proceedings. Late on October 10th 2021, the force issued a statement, saying ‘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.”

Another review, begun in June 2021 after Channel 4 broadcast allegations that Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls in the UK has also concluded. No further action will follow as a result of that inquiry.

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his prison cell in August 2019 where he was awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

Buckingham Palace has made no comment. Previously, a spokesperson has described Ms Giuffre’s claims as

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.