• Prince Andrew will launch an extraordinary public fight back Monday after US authorities made a formal request for him to be quizzed over the Epstein affair
  • The US Department of Justice has officially demanded Great Britain allow Prince Andrew to be questioned over his links to Jeffrey Epstein
  • The Duke of York, 60, has previously declined to be questioned by prosecutors in New York, in relation to their probe into Epstein’s sex trafficking network 
  • Though he ‘categorically’ denies any wrongdoing, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, now 36, has accused Andrew of having sex with her on three different occasions
  • Andrew could now have to address those accusations under oath 
  • The US Department of Justice reportedly filed a ‘mutual legal assistance’ (MLA) requests to the UK Home Office  
  • The Mail understands that the prince will make his own dramatic move by hitting back at claims he has failed to engage with the American investigation
  • It is understood his team will publish a full account of their dealings with the Department of Justice
  • Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges 
  • The UK Home Office has not yet returned a DailyMail.com request for comment 

Prince Andrew will launch an extraordinary public fight back Monday after US authorities made a formal request for him to be quizzed over the Epstein affair.

In a dramatic twist last night, it emerged that the US Department of Justice has filed a ‘mutual legal assistance’ (MLA) request for help to the UK Home Office. These requests are used only in criminal cases under a legal treaty with the UK.

Prince Andrew has always categorically denied any wrongdoing over his relationship with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. But the request from US officials means he could be forced to appear in a UK court as a witness in the case within months.

US officials have previously claimed that Andrew has refused to co-operate with their requests to be questioned over Epstein and their investigation into his sex trafficking network. Submitting an MLA is an audacious move to try to force him to answer questions.

The Duke of York, 60, had previously refused to be questioned by prosecutors in New York, in relation to their investigation into Epstein’s historic sex trafficking network

Prince Andrew has previously admitted to becoming friends with Jeffrey Epstein (seen right) in 1999, after being introduced to the financier through Ghislaine Maxwell (Pictured: Melania Trump, Prince Andrew, Gwendolyn Beck and Jeffrey Epstein at a party at the Mar-a-Lago club, 2000)

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