Prince Andrew may speak publicly about allegations he had sex with a teenage “sex slave” as he makes his first public appearance since the scandal broke at the World Economic Forum.
The Duke of York is joining ministers, chief executives, bankers and academics at the four-day event at the Swiss mountain resort of Davos.
He will be holding his annual drinks reception in aid of British business and his [email protected] competition, which supports young people developing digital ventures.
The event is usually closed to the media but television cameras could reportedly be invited inside for a speech by Prince Andrew.
Buckingham Palace told The Independent that suggestions that he will use the opportunity to publicly deny claims he slept with Virginia Roberts was mere “speculation”.
A spokesperson said: “Media arrangements for the Duke of York’s reception have yet to be determined. We would not speculate on what the Duke might or might not say during any public comments.”
The palace has previously issued staunch denials to claims that the Prince slept with Ms Roberts on three occasions between 1999 and 2002 in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island during an orgy.
The allegations are contained in a motion filed in a Florida court as part of a lawsuit over how federal prosecutors handled the case of Jeffrey Epstein, who was jailed for 18 months in 2008 for soliciting a minor for paid sex.
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SOURCE: The Independent