Prince Andrew has appeared in public for the first time since a US woman alleged she was forced to have sex with him at the age of 17.
The Prince arrived in Davos, Switzerland, where he is scheduled to host a business reception at the World Economic Forum on Thursday evening. Prince Andrew can be seen typing on his phone as he arrives at the summit and does not respond to reporters trying to greet him.
His appearance at the event comes as the woman who says she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew while underage outlined the accusations in her own words for the first time, in newly filed US court papers.
Virginia Roberts claims she was compelled to have sex with the Prince in 2001 by his friend, Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein, a former hedge fund tycoon, was convicted for sex offences in 2008.
Roberts claims that when she met Prince Andrew, she was aware he was a British royal but knew him only as "Andy".
Prince Andrew: Life in pictures
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’s ‘pointless plunge’ down the Shard was the moment to take stock of his usefulness
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Prince Andrew is the first royal to take and tweet a selfie
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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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Duke of York in his uniform
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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
The Duke vehemently denies the claims. Prince Andrew is expected to address the accusations later today.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "We would not comment on speculation about what the Duke might say."Reuse content