London’s Metropolitan Police has defended its decision not to investigate claims by Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre that she was trafficked to London by the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The force added officers had spoken to other law enforcement agencies but have “not received a formal request asking for assistance”.
It said it reviewed its previous decision that it was “not the appropriate authority to conduct enquiries in these circumstances” following Epstein’s death in August, and that its position remained unchanged.
A BBC interview with Ms Guiffre is to be broadcast on Monday. She alleges the Duke of York slept with her on three separate occasions, but Andrew denies the allegations.
Metropolitan Police Commander Alex Murray said police concluded “it was clear that any investigation into human trafficking would be largely focused on activities and relationships outside the UK.”
Ms Giuffre has criticised the Metropolitan Police for failing to investigate her allegations. She claimed that the UK inquiry was abandoned because of “corruption” at the highest level.
The Duke, who has now stepped back from royal duties because the Epstein scandal has become a “major disruption” to the Royal Family, said he is willing to help any investigations into the matter, if required.
Epstein died in prison in August in what the New York City coroner ruled as a suicide. He was facing trafficking charges.