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Disgraced Prince Andrew told it’s ‘never too late to do right thing’ by lawyer

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A lawyer representing alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein has said it is "outrageous" a year has passed since Prince Andrew publicly promise to cooperate with US authorities.

The Duke of York stepped down from his Royal duties following a "car crash" interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Matlis in 2019.

He was quizzed on his friendship with disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life while awaiting sex trafficking charges.

The Duke of York also addressed claims that he slept with Virginia Giuffre, now Roberts, on more than one occasion and vehemently denied the accusation.

The Queen’s second son was criticised for the interview and his apparent lack of empathy towards the paedophile's victims.

Four days after the interview, Prince Andrew issued a statement claiming his former relationship had become a "disruption" to his family’s work.

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He said: "The circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work."

Prince Andrew added that he regrets his "ill-judged" relationship with the financier and pledged to help "any appropriate law enforcement agency."

On the first anniversary of the Duke quitting his duties, Lisa Bloom, who represents six of Epstein’s alleged victims, called on Andrew to submit to an interview with the FBI.

Ms Bloom said it is "outrageous" Prince Andrew hasn’t been interviewed by the FBI and told the Duke of York it is "never too late to do the right thing."

She told the PA News Agency: "How outrageous that it's been a year since Prince Andrew publicly promised to co-operate with law enforcement investigating all those who enabled Jeffrey Epstein's sexual assaults on hundreds of women and girls.

"He simply has not kept that promise. Meanwhile, the six victims I represent struggle to repair their lives.

"We implore Prince Andrew to submit to an interview with the FBI investigation of Ghislaine Maxwell and other accused co-conspirators, to tell what he knows, to turn over documents and evidence, and to instruct his staff to do so as well.

"It is never too late to do the right thing."

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Since the interview, Andrew has faced a war of words between his camp and American authorities over his availability to answer questions about Epstein.

He was even accused of attempting to "falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to co-operate" by US attorney Geoffrey Berman, who was leading the investigation into Epstein.

The duke's legal team have previously said Andrew had made three offers to give a witness statement.

The Daily Star approached Prince Andrew’s representatives for comment but they declined to comment.

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  • Royal Family
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