Prince Andrew could be forced to testify in a UK court to settle matters in a civil lawsuit brought against him in America, a lawyer has claimed.

The Duke of York has been accused of “stonewalling” legal proceedings from Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Guiffre, a claim denied by his lawyers.

But now Lisa Bloom, a lawyer who has represented several Epstein victims, claims the prince could be forced to testify by a British judge.

She said that the convention of co-operation between British and American courts means a judge here in the UK could compel the prince to cooperate with a request for evidence from a US court.

“There are many ordinary cases every day,” she said, “where citizens of the UK are required to answer questions under oath and depositions in US cases and vice-versa because we have a friendly agreement between the two countries.”

Under the Hague Evidence Convention, English courts will help US courts get evidence from witnesses resident in England and Wales.

Representatives for Prince Andrew claimed in a New York court on Monday that the legal documents related to the lawsuit have not yet been properly served, and Andrew B Brettler, one of the lawyers representing the Duke has described the lawsuit as “baseless, unviable and potentially unlawful lawsuit”.

Ms Bloom believes that bid to have the case dismissed is unlikely to succeed.

Buckingham Palace has backed the Duke fully, describing Giuffre’s claims as “false and without foundation”.

Giuffre has accused the Duke of York of sexual assualt when she was 17, a claim he vehemently denies.

Giuffre’s lawsuit states: “Twenty years ago Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account.”

Giuffre, who is now 38, said she was groomed by the disgraced American financier and convicted sex offender Epstein and his close friend Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently awaiting trial for a number of sexual offences in New York.

Giuffre claims that Epstein and Maxwell compelled her to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions.

Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was found dead in his cell in federal custody in New York in August 2019. He was awaiting trial sex trafficking charges relating to girls as young as 14.

Melissa Murray, a professor of law at New York university, told The Guardian that options to settle the case out of court have been limited by Andrew’s outright denial.

She said: “A lot of his opportunities kind of evaporated because if you make a categorical denial in the manner that he did in that [Emily Maitlis] interview.

"It’s really hard then to go and settle a dispute with the person who made those claims that you categorically denied because it would be like walking back those claims or at least admitting that there might have been some truth to what she was saying.”

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