Prince Andrew has refused to appear in a US television documentary and answer questions about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, sources in Los Angeles have claimed.
The Duke Of York, 60, has been formally asked to talk about Epstein in a four-part series into the padeophile billionaire’s life, with the working title Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.
However, Andrew has refused to take part, with his lawyers reportedly fearing a repeat of his car crash BBC Newsnight interview.
That interview, with Emily Maitlis, triggered an avalanche of anger against the Duke which led to him quitting royal duties. because of his relationship with Epstein.
His lawyers also fear that any comments he makes in a TV series could be used against him by the FBI or even in a litany of civil cases by Epstein’s victims.
Prince Andrew’s lawyers fear an appearance in a new US documentary on Jeffrey Epstein could see a repeat of the Duke’s disastrous BBC interview
The series is being produced by Lifetime, the network that first publicised allegations of sexual abuse and assault against singer R. Kelly in 2019 with Surviving R. Kelly.
The documentary will look at Epstein’s life, business and social circle with comments from ex-employees and victims, according to insiders.
Sources told the Mirror: ‘Andrew has been asked to appear to discuss his friendship, but there has been no formal response.
‘His legal team have told him to conduct no more interviews after he spoke to the BBC.
That interview, with Emily Maitlis, triggered an avalanche of anger against the Duke which led to him quitting royal duties
The documentary will look at Epstein’s life, business and social circle with comments from ex-employees and victims, according to insiders
‘There is a concern anything he says on tape or camera becomes potential legal material for the many civil cases facing Epstein, and FBI questions regarding Andrew.’
Epstein killed himself in New York last year while he was awaiting trial on charges of trafficking young women for sex.
One of those women, Virginia Roberts, claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times when she was still a teenager.
Andrew has repeatedly denied the claims and in November told Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis: ‘I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.’