Prince Andrew has "shut the door" on assisting prosecutors with an investigation into Jeffrey Epstein and his associates, the US Attorney for Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman, said on Monday.
“Prince Andrew has now completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation,” the prosecutor said, answering a question during a press conference. He also noted that his office is "considering its options" regarding Prince Andrew, but did not further clarify what those options might include.
This news follows a statement from Berman in January, in which he shared that FBI investigators have contacted attorneys for the Queen's son, but the Duke of York has thus far provided "zero cooperation" regarding the case.
When Prince Andrew effectively resigned from his royal duties following enormous public backlash over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the royal made it clear that he was willing to assist law enforcement in their investigations of Epstein, "if required."
"I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure," Prince Andrew wrote in a personal statement.
"I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."
At this point, it's still unclear if his assistance is "required."
Buckingham Palace has yet to comment on Berman's latest statement, but according to the Telegraph and several other outlets, Prince Andrew is now "receiving legal advice from Clare Montgomery QC, the leading expert on extradition law." Montgomery has also declined to comment on the rumor.
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