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Prince Andrew strongly criticises US investigators saying they are “seeking publicity”

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The Duke of York has strongly criticised investigators in the United States over allegations that the prince has offered  “zero co-operation” to the Department of Justice.

Lawyers acting for Prince Andrew say that the 60-year-old royal as offered to help US prosecutors on “at least three occasions” this year.

Authorities acting in the Jeffrey Epstein case have previously accused Prince Andrew of not cooperating with the investigation.

However, the Duke’s lawyers have hit back, saying that the Department of Justice was seeking publicity instead of accepting his offer of help.

In a statement, Prince Andrew’s legal team said: “Unfortunately, the DOJ has reacted to the first two offers by breaching their own confidentiality rules and claiming that the Duke has offered zero cooperation.

“In doing so, they are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance.

“We were given an unequivocal assurance that our discussions and the interview process would remain confidential.”

The lawyers added that the Duke is being “treated by a lower standard than might reasonably be expected for any other citizen.”