The Met are no longer investigating Prince Andrew sex abuse claims

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The Metropolitan Police are to take 'no further action' against Prince Andrew, the Queen's son who has been accused of sexually abusing an underage girl Virginia Giuffre (who at the time the alleged assault took place was seventeen years old).

Giuffre is currently suing Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, through a US civil lawsuit and the Prince has consistently denied all allegations, even taking part in a televised interview with journalist Emily Maitlis to do so. He did, however, admit to "letting the side down" due to his longstanding friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a multi-millionaire convicted sex offender. Epstein is accused of luring in and trafficking Giuffre as a young girl.

Now, according to new reports from the BBC, The Met have closed their own investigation (prompted by Giuffre) into the royal and have also confirmed that a review into allegations centred on Epstein's ex-partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, is complete.

Maxwell, who stands accused of trafficking, grooming and abusing women and girls, is currently in jail awaiting trial. The Met said it had "reviewed information [concerning Maxwell] passed to us by a media organisation [Channel 4] in June" and again, decided that "no further action will be taken".

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The Met previously ruled out commencing an investigation into Jeffrey Epstein, but earlier this summer, Dame Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said the force would review the decision, adding that "no one is above the law".

However, over the weekend the Met said: "As a matter of procedure, MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action. This review has concluded and we are taking no further action."

The force have also added that it will continue to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who are leading the investigation into matters associated with Epstein and assist them in any way possible.

Sigrid McCawley, a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner who represent Giuffre, told press, "Given the clear and compelling evidence implicating Prince Andrew, the Metropolitan Police should reopen its investigation and stand by their statement that no one is above the law."

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