Five of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers want Prince Andrew to give evidence in US courts and say the duke must talk about what he witnessed to the FBI.
Their lawyer claims the Duke of York witnessed men being given massages at the financier’s homes, the BBC‘s Panorama programme revealed on Monday night.
Pre-trial witness subpoenas have been prepared for the five cases and could be served on the prince if he was ever to set foot in the United States again.
Prince Andrew has said he never saw anything untoward at Epstein’s properties in New York, Florida or the Caribbean.
Prince Andrew taking a stroll through New York’s Central Park with Epstein following his prison term on December 5, 2010. The prince told the BBC last month the purpose of the visit was to end his friendship with Epstein
The lawyer for the five women, David Boies, told Panorama: ‘One of the things that we have tried is to interview Prince Andrew and to try to get what his explanation is.
‘He was a frequent visitor. They ought to submit to an interview. They ought to talk about it.’
Lawyers for the victims claim they have written to the prince twice requesting an interview but have yet to receive a response.
Prince Andrew was last month asked by the BBC whether he would ever testify under oath, and he replied: ‘If push came to shove and the legal advice was to do so, then I would be duty bound to do so.’
Virginia Roberts has previously described how it would have been impossible to spend time with Epstein and not known what was going on.
Describing Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, Prince Andrew told Emily Maitlis: ‘There were a lot of people who were walking around Jeffrey Epstein’s house. As far as I was aware, they were staff, they were people that were working for him, doing things.’
He added: ‘I interacted with them, if you will, to say good morning, good afternoon but I didn’t, if you see what I mean, interact with them in a way that was, you know what are you doing here, why are you here, what’s going on?’
The five women who are suing Epstein’s estate would still require a judge to sign off on the drafted subpoenas and Prince Andrew could then fight them in court if he did not wish to provide evidence.
Virginia Roberts (pictured with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell) says the prince had sex with her three times
Prince Andrew waves to a guest from the entrance of Epstein’s apartment in Manhattan in 2010
Tonight on Panorama, Ms Giuffre told how she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with with Andrew, which the Duke of York categorically denies.
She told the BBC‘s Panorama: ‘The people on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses – like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored, or he came to New York to break up with Jeffrey Epstein.
‘I mean, come on, I’m calling BS on this, because that’s what it is.’
Sticking to her story she described feeling ‘horrified, disgusted and ashamed’ after sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 at the direction of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a prison in New York City in August
The 35-year-old told the BBC that after leaving Tramp nightclub with Prince Andrew: ‘In the car Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey.
‘And that made me sick. I didn’t expect it from royalty. I didn’t expect it from someone that people look up to and admire – the royal family.’
She said: ‘There was a bath and it started there and it led into the bedroom. It didn’t last very long the whole entire procedure. It was disgusting.
‘He wasn’t mean or anything. But he got up and said thanks and walked out. And I sat there in bed just felt horrified and ashamed and felt dirty.’
She added: ‘I had just been abused by a member of the royal family.’
She also told the BBC that she knew she ‘had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine (Maxwell, Epstein’s then-girlfriend) would have expected from me.’
Miss Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, urged the British public to ‘stand up beside me to help me fight this fight’ and ‘not accept this as being OK’.
Andrew was interviewed by Emily Maitlis in a Newsnight programme shown on November 16
Prince Andrew leaves his home at Royal Lodge at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire on Monday
Andrew, 59, has categorically denied having sex with Ms Giuffre and apologised for his association with Epstein, who died in prison in August in what New York City officials said was a suicide.
The disgraced prince has stepped down from royal duties ‘for the foreseeable future’ because of his friendship with Epstein and the allegations of sexual wrongdoing with an underage girl.
The scandal is one of the worst to have gripped the royal household in recent decades and has severely tarnished the reputation of Andrew.