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Prince Andrew has visited the Queen for crisis talks about the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, according to reports.
The Duke, 60, has been living at Windsor for the last five months of lockdown.
The Sun reports he recently dashed to Balmoral, where his mum has been staying over the summer, for urgent chats about his involvement in the Epstein saga.
He reportedly has not seen her since July.
An insider told the Sun: "The Queen and Andrew will have lots to discuss. So much has come out over the summer.
"The Queen wants to be kept informed and she will not be back at Windsor until early October."
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Prince Andrew's reputation has taken an enormous hit since he was accused of having sex with Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre when she was a teenager.
His trainwreck interview with Newsnight last November did not help matters, and he has since stepped down from all royal duties.
Prosecutors in the US have accused Andrew of failing to help with their investigation into Epstein and his alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, which his lawyers have denied.
The US Department of Justice submitted a request to the Home Office in April to speak with Prince Andrew.
His lawyers insist the Duke is willing to help with the investigators and has offered to do so repeatedly.
Ms Giuffre, now 36, alleges she was made by Epstein to have sex with Andrew three times in 2001 when she was 17. Andrew has strongly denied the claim that ever had sex with Ms Giuffre.
A photo of the Duke with his hand around her waist — and a smiling Maxwell in the background — was widely circulated online.
The news that Prince Andrew will still receive a birthday honour in February despite the scandal has been met with public outrage.
Maxwell, 58, is currently awaiting trial in a New York City prison after her arrest in July.
She is charged with six federal crimes including enticement of minors, sex trafficking, and perjury.
It's alleged she helped to procure vulnerable underage girls for billionaire Epstein, who was found dead in a Manhattan jail cell last year.
- Prince Andrew
- Royal Family
- Jeffrey Epstein
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