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'Resilient' Prince Andrew to 'push on' despite allegations

Prince Andrew is "resilient" in the face of allegations he had sex with a woman when she was underage and will be keen to "push on" with his work, a royal aide has said.

Buckingham Palace has issued two firm denials of the claim against the Duke of York in recent days, which has arisen from a US lawsuit related to a former associate of the prince.

The Duke of York embarked on his usual New Year skiing holiday after attending Christmas with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The royal aide suggested Andrew would not delay in resuming his duties after his traditional New Year skiing break.

The civil case is an ongoing process that won't end any time soon.

However, since 2012 the Duke has worked very hard to establish and refocus his working priorities on education, technology and enterprise and he will carry on with that work.

It's fair to say that the Duke of York is nothing if not resilient. He will be keen to push on with the work he's been doing in recent years.

– Royal aide


Andrew: 'No record' of Queen meeting with Roberts

Buckingham Palace has said there is "no record" of a meeting between the Queen and the woman at the centre of sex allegations against her son, the Duke of York.

Virginia Roberts claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 , which is under the age of consent in America.

Palace officials have "emphatically denied" the claims but the woman's father Sky Roberts says his daughter once met the Queen while on a visit to London.

A palace spokesman insisted: "There is nothing to suggest the claim is true. We have no record of such a meeting."

Prince Andrew back in UK after underage sex claims

The Duke of York denies the allegations. Credit: PA

Prince Andrew has flown back to the UK following claims a woman was forced to have sex with him while she was underage.

The prince is understood to have returned home from a ski resort in Verbier, Switzerland, after he was named in US court documents related to a convicted paedophile.

A woman identified as Virginia Roberts claims she was sexually exploited by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein - a former friend of the Duke of York.

She alleges she was "forced to have sexual relations with the prince when she was a minor" between 1999 and 2002.

Buckingham Palace said the claims made by Roberts are "categorically untrue''.

Scotland Yard said it had not received any complaint related to the case but would investigate if an allegation was made.

The Duke of York will not be going on the defensive

Officials insist Prince Andrew has no intention of reducing his royal duties despite newspaper headlines that may have made uncomfortable reading.

Buckingham Palace has released a statement strongly denying that the Duke of York has had any sexual contact or relations with a woman named by some outlets as Virginia Roberts.

ITV News Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart reports.

Palace issues second denial over Andrew sex claims

Buckingham Palace has issued a second denial that the Duke of York had sexual contact with a woman who claims she was forced to have under-age sex with him, branding the allegations "false and without any foundation".

It comes after two Sunday newspapers published details of interviews with the woman who reportedly named Andrew in US court documents related to a convicted paedophile.

In a second strongly-worded statement, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with (the woman)".


Palace denies Prince Andrew underage sex claim

An American lawyer - accused along with Prince Andrew of having sex with an underage girl - says she is lying. Buckingham Palace has strongly denied the Prince was involved in any impropriety - allegations made in legal papers filed in Florida. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz claims she's making it up. He spoke ITV News political correspondent Carl Dinnen:

Prince Andrew 'must fight allegations with every ounce of energy'

The Duke of York has been urged to fight back with "every ounce of energy" against allegations made in US court documents by a woman who claimed she was forced to have sex with him while she was still a minor.

The Duke of York. Credit: SWEN PFOERTNER/dpa

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz - who is also named in the court papers - said the claims against him were part of a pattern of "made-up stories" by the woman and her lawyers against prominent people.

Professor Alan Dershowitz told Radio 4:

My only feeling is, if she's lied about me, which I know to an absolute certainty she has, she should not be believed about anyone else.

We know she's lied about other public figures including a former prime minister and others who she claims to have participated in sexual activities with, so I think it must be presumed all her allegations against Prince Andrew were false as well.

You cannot allow these allegations to hang above you. The first question you have to ask yourself when you are charged with a crime like this is 'Is there any conceivable possibility you did it?' and if the answer to that is 'no', you have to fight back with every resource and ounce of energy available to you.

– Alan Dershowitz

Buckingham Palace have taken the unusual step of denying the allegations.

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