LONDON – Buckingham Palace has stepped up efforts to defend Prince Andrew after the British royal was embroiled in claims of sexual impropriety with an underage woman.
In a second statement since the claims surfaced, officials "emphatically denied" that the 54-year-old Andrew had "any form of sexual contact or relationship" with a woman who claimed that she was forced to have sex with the royal in London, in New York and on a private Caribbean island when she was under the age of 18.
Buckingham Palace on Sunday dismissed the claims as "false and without any foundation."
The claims, made in a filing to a Florida court last week, were submitted as part of a lengthy lawsuit against American financier Jeffrey Epstein. The woman wasn't identified by name.