According to reports from MI6, the organization is worried that Russia might be in possession of compromising materials regarding none other than Prince Andrew.
This comes not long after the prince was implicated as an accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein, and even though the accusations are still unclear, the mere mention of Prince Andrew’s name in the same context seems to have been enough to stir the pot.
It is not clear what exactly the Russians might have on the prince at this point, though, but the MI6 has implied that it could be related to Prince Andrew’s alleged connection to Virginia Giuffre, one of the girls named as Jeffrey Epstein’s sex slaves.
It is also not known what prompted the MI6 to believe that this might be the case, but it is not very likely that the agency would disclose their sources in the first place.
Some point to John Mark Dougan, an ex-Marine and former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who now lives in Russia, and who investigated Epstein.
Dougan fled to Russia with some embarrassing documents, according to one of his wild Facebook posts.
In any case, many people in the royal family have reportedly grown worried over the possible implications in recent times, and the situation seems to be deteriorating very fast.
Prince Andrew himself has not commented on the allegations, though his behavior will likely be closely monitored in the near future.
It is entirely possible that the royal family would prefer that he stayed quiet on the nature of his situation, rather than risking further embarrassment.
It is also worth noting that the information in Russia’s possession might be related to incidents that took place over two decades ago, although that would hardly change the situation if it came out.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue. It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts [Giuffre].”
A person had this reaction: “Why are we not hearing anything on the news about this? It’s absolutely disgusting what this man did, and because he and all his friends have money, they get away with it.”
Another commenter stated: “I’ve never seen anything suggesting these girls were forced or raped, so IDK what the noise is about.”
This social user shared: “evidence suggests that the ones who didn’t speak English were underage and most likely sold into sex slavery.”
The Epstein case has many layers.