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Duke of York ready to give evidence in US Epstein investigation
Buckingham Palace is braced. The Duke of York is preparing to giveformal evidence to a US criminal investigationinto the disgraced paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. In an unprecedented move, the Duke last night announced he was stepping back from public life in the wake of a BBC interview over his friendship with the financier that backfired in spectacular fashion. Readhis full statement. Now Chief ReporterRobert Mendickreveals that royal officials are expecting American authorities toissue Prince Andrew with a subpoena– requesting he gives testimony under oath over his links to Epstein. Sources have suggested the summons is “imminent”. Meanwhile, it can be revealed that the Dukeheld a secret meeting with Ghislaine Maxwellin London two weeks after US prosecutors announced they wanted to reopen their Epstein investigation.
A well-placed royal source said the Queen summoned the Duke to Buckingham Palace to effectively sack her second-born son from official duties, ordering him to stand aside. The extraordinary move came four days after Andrew gave a 50-minute interview to Newsnight. He had hoped it would draw a line under his friendship with Epstein. Instead, the Duke’s failure to show sympathy for the victims provoked outrage and scorn.Camilla Tomineyhas a full recap ofhow the Duke authored his own downfallby deciding to go public in a PR disaster. And whydoesFergie feel the need to beher ex-husband’s staunchest defender?
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