Prince Andrew should be prosecuted if allegations that he had sex with underage "sex slave" Virginia Roberts are true, her father has said.
American rancher Sky Robert, 58, said in a statement to MailOnline: "Any person whether it is a Prince or a pauper, if anybody has sex with a minor, they should be prosecuted."
Buckingham Palace has twice denied that The Duke of York had "any form of sexual contact" with Virginia Roberts since he was named in a US legal action - but not as a party to the action - related to an alleged sex trafficking ring for the rich and powerful run by his billionaire friend Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew: Life in pictures
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Prince Andrew, Duke of York arrives at the Royal Albert Hall on 8 November 2014 in London
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Prince Andrew, the Duke of York (L) speaks to Queen Elizabeth II on the Queens stand during Derby day at the Epsom Derby Festival, in Surrey on 1 June 2013
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Prince Andrew with his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice on the Balcony at Buckingham Palace, 2013
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Princess Beatrice (C) poses for photograph with her parents, Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke York (L) and Sarah Ferguson following her graduation ceremony at Goldsmiths College, in London, 2011
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Prince Andrew with Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Al-Khalifa at Royal Ascot in 2010
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Prince Andrew with Ilham Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan in 2009
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Prince Andrew with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the first day of his state visit to London
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Britain's Prince Andrew speaks to the press during a meeting with Turkish Businessmen at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul on 26 May 2004
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Wearing a traditional Guatemalan ceremonial jacket, Britains Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, turns on the tap innaugurating an irrigation system sponsored by the European community on 7 March 2002 in Nevaj, Guatemala
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The newly wed Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and his wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, wave to crowds on 23 July 1986 from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London while Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mother look on
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Prince Andrew and Prince Edward with their governess, Lavinia Keppel, at the Children's Book Show in Westminster, London on 7 November 1969
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Prince Andrew (bottom left) with his parents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and siblings, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and little Prince Edward at Windsor Castle, 1965
In the court documents, Roberts - referred to as "Jane Doe 3" - states she was forced by convicted sex offender Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions when she was under the US age of consent.
She claims to have been used as Epstein's teenage "sex slave" from 1999 to 2002, being passed around "politically connected and financially powerful people" to help Epstein ingratiate himself for “business, personal, political and financial gain as well as to obtain potential blackmail information”.
The Duke of York has returned to the UK from a skiing holiday in Switzerland to help manage the scandal enveloping the Palace, with some reports claiming she was introduced to the Queen.
Other individuals named in the US legal action have hit out at accusations, referring to them as "made up stories" and advising the Duke to do everything in his power to clear his name.
Professor Dershowitz, who represented Epstein in his 2008 'solicitation of a minor' case and was named in the court papers, told BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "My only feeling is, if she's lied about me, which I know to an absolute certainty she has, she should not be believed about anyone else.
"We know she's lied about other public figures including a former prime minister and others who she claims to have participated in sexual activities with, so I think it must be presumed all her allegations against Prince Andrew were false as well."
But in a statement released through her lawyers, Roberts said: "These types of aggressive attacks on me are exactly the reason why sexual abuse victims typically remain silent and the reason why I did for a long time. That trend should change.
"I'm not going to be bullied back into silence."Reuse content