Prince Andrew may this week speak publicly for the first time to rebut claims he had sex with a 17-year-old girl introduced to him by the multi-millionaire convicted child sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York is understood to be considering whether to speak on camera about allegations levelled against him earlier this month by Virginia Roberts when he attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.

Buckingham Palace has issued a series of robust denials that the prince had “sexual relations” with Roberts and that “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” was “categorically untrue”.

Roberts alleged in legal papers in Florida that she had become Epstein’s “sex slave” and was forced to have “sexual relations” with Prince Andrew in London, New York and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands during an alleged orgy with other underage girls.

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