It has been suggested by a US lawyer representing Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims that the Duke of York could be subpoenaed to the US.
Lisa Bloom the US lawyer raised the possibility of Prince Andrew being questioned under oath over his friendship with Epstein.
Bloom said that as an attorney she has the legal “right” to seek a statement from any individual that she deems to hold the “relevant information” in the legal case.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast Bloom said, “It’s not going to be easy to subpoena someone like Prince Andrew, he’s obviously not walking down the street where a process server can just hand him a piece of paper, it’s a lot more complicated.
“If he refused to come, we may have a diplomatic situation between (the UK) and (the US). I hope it doesn’t come to that.
“I take him at his word that he says he is going to co-operate, and I hope that’s what’s going to happen.”
The attorney’s comments came in response to Andrew’s statement the he is “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”
Bloom was asked if the FBI investigation could come to the UK, she said, “It certainly could and it should.”
Fellow lawyer Gloria Allred who also represents Epstien’s victims said The Duke’s statement is not clear.
Allred told the BBC’s Newsnight programme, “Is he insisting that he be served with a subpoena to testify, or is he willing to speak to law enforcement without being legally required to do so?
“My clients who are victims of Jeffrey Epstein have spoken to law enforcement without being ‘required’ to do so.”
She said the next possible step in the criminal investigation is “to see if charges should be filed in reference to anyone who might have knowingly conspired with Mr Epstein to recruit and to sex traffick underage girls to him.”