The Duke of York's legal team has responded
The Duke of York was seen alongside his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson packing Easter bags with goods - including cupcakes that said "thank you" in icing. Prince Andrew has broken his cover, spending time creating care packages during the coronavirus outbreak after weeks of keeping a low profile. Other images showed Andrew carrying a large box full of the pink bags as he handed them to smiling staff at the Thames Hospice.
Prince Andrew's legal team, Blackfords, released a lengthy statement on Monday saying that the year-old royal had offered to assist the DOJ three times this year and the authority first requested his help on 2 January. Andrew's lawyers also claim that the "DOJ has reacted to the first two offers by breaching their own confidentiality rules and claiming that the Duke has offered zero co-operation". The Queen 's second son stepped back from royal duties in November , following his TV interview with BBC Newsnight, which focused on his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The working group is supported by Riverside Advisory on media relations. Our commitment to confidentiality is not only regarded as best practice in the UK but is also intended to respect the DOJ's commitment to confidentiality, as set out in its own rules as they apply to discussions with potential witnesses. Andrew with the Queen at church in January We were given an unequivocal assurance that our discussions and the interview process would remain confidential.
The prince was under pressure to explain his friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who had killed himself that summer in a Manhattan jail, and to answer accusations from one of the young women whom Epstein had trafficked, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. What could go wrong? As it turned out, everything. The claims were impossible, he said, because at the time he was at Pizza Express in Woking. In the wake of the Newsnight broadcast, the prince stood down from royal duties and exited public life. The interview appears to haunt the prince still, and may explain the thinking of his British legal team now embroiled in an increasingly rancorous battle with federal prosecutors in New York.