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Prince Andrew ‘will never have a public role again’ amid royal crisis

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Prince Andrew, 60, stepped down from royal duties for the foreseeable future after an interview on BBC Newsnight with Emily Maitlis. The Duke of York, who was once friends with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has denied any wrongdoings. But Sunday Times Royal Correspondent Roya Nikkhah believes Andrew’s association with Epstein means he will never have a public role again.

Speaking on True Royalty TV, Ms Nikkhah, said: “I think it’s not been great.

“It’s not only been damaging for him as we’ve seen.

“He’s gone from being a very senior member of the Royal Family to someone who is going to struggle to ever have a public role again.

“I don’t think he will.

“It’s interesting that he’s now taken on a new PR and a new working team around him including his lawyer, QC and a new PR who specialised in crisis management because that’s where we are.”

Her comments come as the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has called on the British Government hand over Prince Andrew to be questioned, the Sun newspaper claimed.

In a move branded a “diplomatic nightmare” by a source, the DOJ has bypassed Buckingham Palace and filed a mutual legal assistance (MLA) request to the Home Office, the newspaper claimed.

Andrew has not been charged with any crime and US authorities are only interested in what witness evidence he can offer prosecutors.

The Duke’s appearance could be voluntary, which would see Andrew going to an interview and giving a signed statement while not under oath.

But it could also take place after being summoned from the DOJ, and it would see Prince Andrew asked to attend the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court to provide oral or written evidence on oath.

A source told The Sun: “It’s a huge statement of intent from the US and it moves Andrew into the realms of a criminal investigation.

“It’s also frankly a diplomatic nightmare.

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“The DoJ does not make a request of this nature lightly, especially one involving a senior member of the British royal family.

“It puts the UK government in a very difficult position – and the Duke of York even more so.”

A source in the Duke of York’s legal team told ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship: “Legal discussions with the Department of Justice are subject to strict confidentiality rules, as set out in their own guidelines.

“We have chosen to abide by both the letter and the spirit of these rules. We have made no comment about anything related to the Department of Justice during the course of this year.”

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