As we discussed, Scotland Yard has closed down their most recent inquiry into Prince Andrew. Months ago, Scotland Yard opened an inquiry, which should not be confused with an investigation. The inquiry was basically “should we investigate Prince Andrew’s connections to Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and their international human trafficking organization, especially given that one of the trafficking victims says that Andrew raped her in London?” And the answer the Yard came up with was a definitive “Nope.” Sources close to Andrew couldn’t help themselves, and of course they briefed the press:
A source close to the duke told PA Media it had “come as no surprise” the Met had decided to drop its probe. They added: “Despite pressure from the media and claims of new evidence, the Met have concluded that the claims are not sufficient to warrant any further investigation. The duke has always vigorously maintained his innocence and continues to do so.”
Andrew is acting like he won. Which is pretty gross. I would guess that it comes as no surprise to Andrew because he and mummy made all of the necessary calls to ensure that there would be no investigation. That being said, I don’t know if anyone was seriously expecting Scotland Yard to investigate. Still, it looks bad. It’s so bad that retired Scotland Yard officials are going on the record about how bad all of this looks, and they’re calling for an independent investigation into Andrew’s crimes and his ties to Epstein and human trafficking.
Dai Davies says another force must now carry out an independent probe. Met Police officers spoke to Virginia Giuffre, who claims the Duke of York sexually assaulted her in London when she was 17. She says she was trafficked by paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial for underage sex trafficking.
But Scotland Yard decided to take no further action in the case, and refused to probe allegations Epstein had abused other young women in Britain.
Mr Davies, who headed the royal protection unit, said the decision was very premature, with Prince Andrew subject to a civil claim in a US court and his former friend Ghislaine Maxwell – Epstein’s lover – awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Mr Davies said: “There are far more questions than answers here. What have they reviewed, what have they investigated?”
Referring to Met boss Cressida Dick, he added: “What did the commissioner ask? So far she has proved herself totally incapable of making operational decisions so there is a strong case for an outside force to be brought in to independently assess all this information.”
The Met and Dame Cressida have been under fire in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder by a serving officer amid claims of a culture of misogyny. Mr Davies added: “Given the Met’s reputation and inability to keep their own house in order, what trust should the public have in them to investigate a member of the Royal Family? It is still unknown whether the Met has interviewed a catalogue of potential witnesses including Andrew’s former police protection officers, members of the Royal Household staff and key people associated with Epstein and Maxwell.”
The Brits love their independent investigations – Operation Paget looked into the circumstances around Princess Diana’s death, Operation Weeting looked into the phone hacking scandal, the Dyson Report was part of the investigation into Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir, and on and on. Why not do one of those kinds of not-really-independent investigations into Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and the human trafficking organization and coverup? I’m merely asking questions.
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