After a Florida woman claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was a teenager, Buckingham Palace issued its second denial of the claims, as well as exposing the woman’s name.
The 54-year-old Prince was named in court papers by “Jane Doe 3” who claimed that the American banker Jeffrey Epstein lent her out to well-to-do and influential men, such as Prince Andrew, whose formal title is the Duke of York.
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The palace is assumedly outraged and embarrassed by such allegations, and have now released a statement in defense of Prince Andrew.
"It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts,” a spokesman told PEOPLE. The allegations made are false and without any foundation."
Andrew is the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and holds the honorary rank of rear admiral in the Royal Navy. He was married to Sarah Ferguson from 1986-96; the former couple have two daughters together, Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York.
Prince Andrew with his two daughters (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
It is said that Andrew is heading back to the U.K. since being in Switzerland with ex-wife Sarah and their daughters.
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"This relates to long-running and ongoing civil proceedings in the United States to which the Duke of York is not a party. As such we would not comment in detail," the spokesman continued.
Virginia Roberts published two interviews in which she claimed that she was forced to have sex with Andrew at least three times between 1999 and 2002. Roberts alleges that these encounters took place in London, New york, and on a Caribbean island owned by the American financer Epstein.