The Duke of York has told friends that he is afraid never to return to the US with the Jeffrey Epstein case above his head.
Andrew has not set foot in the country since early 2017 and sources say that plans to launch a business initiative there later this year have been put on ice.
According to the sources of the Mail, the prince is concerned about a civil proceeding brought by some of the many victims of pedophile Epstein.
At least five women claiming to have been abused by the financier have filed a lawsuit against his £ 458 million estate after being hanged in his prison cell in New York on August 10, pending trial of sex trafficking.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has told friends that he is afraid never to return to the US with the Jeffrey Epstein case over his head
Since Epstein was arrested last month, Andrew has tried to distance himself from his old friend by declaring himself "appalled" by reports of "alleged crimes."
But the efforts have been undermined by the emergence of details on how he organized the pedophile in Balmoral, and by photographs of the royal in Epstein & # 39; s New York mansion in 2010 – two years after the banker was convicted of sex with a child.
The insider told the email: "Andrew has said openly that he cannot see how he can go back to the US with everything that is going on right now.
"I know that this is a source of enormous frustration for him because it is one of his favorite places in the world." The source said the prince & # 39; had high expectations & # 39; from taking his successful Pitch @ Palace scheme – a Dragons & Den 39-style initiative for entrepreneurs – to the United States in the following year or so.
Andrew & # 39; s (left) friendship with Epstein (right) dates back to at least 1999. In 2000, Andrew invited the financier and his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, for a party at Windsor Castle thrown by the queen
It is something that he reportedly brought when US President Donald Trump – another former friend of Epstein – came to the UK earlier this year for his state visit.
The two men had already met when Mr. Trump threw a private lunch for Andrew at Trump Tower during a visit to New York in September 2006.
But the source added: "Plans to bring Pitch to the US have been put on ice for the time being. Andrew is very disappointed because he wants to get a foothold there for a long time. & # 39;
Andrew's friendship with Epstein goes back to at least 1999. In 2000, the financier and his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the deceased newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell, were invited by Andrew for a party at Windsor Castle that was held by the queen organized.
Prince Andrew was photographed in the New York mansion of Jeffrey Epstein in 2010, a lady waving who was seen coming through the front door and going
Miss Maxwell, also a friend of Andrew, has been accused by some victims of Epstein of being a & # 39; procurer & # 39 ;, a charge that she denies.
Epstein and Miss Maxwell were also guests of Andrew in Sandringham and the Queen's Balmoral Estates and spent holidays with him in Florida and Thailand.
In 2011, Andrew was forced to quit as a UK trade envoy after being proposed to meet Epstein after his release from prison for child sex.
Andrew traveled to the United States twice for official affairs in 2013, taking Florida, California and New York, but there was no publicly registered trip in 2014, 2015 or 2016. He visited again in May 2017, traveled around California, but has not gone back since and has no plans to go for the foreseeable future.
One of the women who filed lawsuits against Epstein's legacy – Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre – has also claimed that Epstein was forced to have sex with Andrew three times between 1999 and 2001 when she was a minor.
The allegations, first made in 2015, were officially removed from the court records by a judge who ruled they were "immaterial," and there is no suggestion that Andrew has anything to fear for those allegations.
But sources close to the royal party say he seems to be sufficiently worried about being forced to cooperate with other allegations against Epstein not to travel back to the US.
Just a few days ago, Mrs. Roberts' lawyer, Brad Edwards, urged the prince to cooperate to help the victims of Epstein guarantee justice. He said: "I am looking forward to coordinating a formal statement giving him the opportunity to tell us everything he knows."
US legal experts say that if Andrew is supposed to have information relevant to one of the civil proceedings, someone might want to & # 39; deposit him & # 39; – ask him to make a statement.
It is also possible that he can also be regarded as a witness in a criminal case concerning the death of Epstein.
Lawyers say it would be hard to force him to go to the US to testify, but if he set foot in the country, he could be summoned for his testimony.
In response to the story of the Mail, Buckingham Palace said: “We would not comment on alleged conversations or the speculative premise behind the question, but would point out that the case you refer to concerns proceedings in the United States , at which the Duke of York is not a party. Every suggestion of impropriety with minors is categorically not true.
& # 39; It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any statement to the contrary is incorrect and unfounded. & # 39;
A source said that during his work as Special Representative for International Trade and Investment between 2001 and 2011, Andrew was asked to travel to the US regularly.
Since giving up this role in 2011, they maintained that Andrew had continued to travel to the US, but claimed that his focus, particularly with Pitch @ Palaces, was on "other markets."
Now French probe for trafficking in women
French prosecutors have investigated claims of rape and sexual abuse against Epstein.
They said the allegations relate to women and girls from 15 years of age. Prosecutors will also investigate investigations that he and others have participated for years in a large ring in child trafficking.
Paris Attorney, Remy Heitz, said: "The investigation will focus on possible crimes against French victims on national territory and abroad and on suspects who are French citizens."
The move came after American investigators in France had found links with the disgraceful financier, who died this month awaiting a lawsuit against new sex trade charges. Epstein had just arrived in Paris in the US, where he owned an expensive apartment when he was arrested.
One of Epstein's close friends was the French model magnate Jean-Luc Brunel, who was accused in legal documents of purchasing young girls for Epstein and rape. Brunel has denied the accusations, but it has not been heard since the financier was indicted in early July.
Prince "got foot massage by 2 Russian women in Epstein Mansion"
Prince Andrew was seen in the New York apartment of Jeffrey Epstein who received a foot massage from two young Russian women, according to a report in the US.
Literary agent John Brockman said he walked into the Upper East Side mansion to find a middle-aged Englishman who got the massage.
The man, wearing a suit and braces, was presented to Mr. Brockman, an influential agent who represents leading scientific writers, as "Andy."
It was only when "Andy" began to complain bitterly that, unlike him, Prince Albert of Monaco could misbehave as he liked in private and got away with it, that his identity penetrated Mr. Brockman.
"At that time I realized that the recipient of Irina's foot massage was His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, Duke of York," he told a client in an e-mail exchange published in an American magazine.
The incident, which appears to date back to early 2011 after the release of Epstein from a child sex prison, provides further potentially compromising evidence of the duke's relationship with the alleged pedophile and sex trader.
Although Buckingham Palace yesterday refused to comment on Mr. Brockman's account, it will put further pressure on Prince Andrew to explain his involvement with Epstein.
The financier was hanged in his prison cell on August 10, pending a lawsuit against sex trafficking charges. In a response on behalf of the prince, a spokesman for the palace said last night: "We repeat our previous statement:" Any suggestion of impropriety with minors is categorically not true. "
Mr Brockman's description of his brief meeting with Andrew – of which an insider from the Palace claimed that it is & # 39; not an account that we recognize & # 39; – would roughly correspond to a reported four-day stay that he had with Epstein at Christmas in 2010.
The prince was guest of honor at a & # 39; welcome home & # 39; party for Epstein, recently released from a Florida prison. During his stay a series of attractive young women were shown who came and went. In a recently released video, the duke secretly said goodbye to one, later identified as the daughter Katherine of former Australian prime minister Paul Keating.
Mr. Brockman has now shed a light on what was going on behind the front door of Epstein's palatial 71st Street house.
Others who mingled with Epstein have also told how his royal friend simply & # 39; Andy & # 39; was mentioned and how they did not immediately realize who he was.
Email that brought Andrew to the attention
From: John Brockman
To: Evgeny Morozov
The last time I visited his home (the largest private home in NYC), I came in to find him in a training suit and a British man in a suit with suspenders, receiving foot massages from two young, well-dressed Russian women.
After calling me about cyber security for a while, the Brit, named Andy, commented on the Swedish authorities and the charges against Julian Assange …
At that time I realized that the recipient of Irina's foot massage was His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
Mr Brockman's meeting with the prince was unveiled by science writer Evgeny Morozov, who had urged Mr Brockman for Epstein, a generous donor for scientific projects. In an email exchange of September 2013, Mr. Brockman wrote: & # 39; The last time I visited his home (the largest private home in NYC), I came in to find him in a training suit and a British man in a suit with braces, get foot massages from two young, well-dressed Russian women.
"After letting me grill on cyber security for a while, the British, Andy, commented on the Swedish authorities and the charges against Julian Assange. "We think they are liberal in Sweden, but it looks more like Northern England as opposed to Southern Europe," he said. & # 39;
The duke, Mr. Brockman said, added: "In Monaco, Albert works 12 hours a day, but at 9 p.m. he does what he wants and nobody cares about him. But when I do it, I'm in big trouble. & # 39;
Mr. Brockman said that he only realized who he was talking to. He said the New York Post took a photo a week later of Andrew and Epstein walking in Central Park under the headline "The Prince and the Perv." In the ensuing furore, the duke gave up his role as a British commercial ambassador.
Mr. Morozov said that Mr. Brockman clearly "acted as Epstein's PR man," vaguely mentioning his controversial history in the email by saying, "he got into trouble and spent a year in Florida jail." .
The prince said last week that he was "upset" by the reports of "alleged crimes" from Epstein.
The Duke of York has kept a low profile by playing golf at Valderra, especially the luxurious development of Sotogrande and
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