A belated birthday present has arrived for Prince Andrew in London, all the way from California.
US lawyer Gloria Allred, who is representing victims in the investigation into billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, paid for a large American-style school bus to drive around Buckingham Palace, urging the prince to give the FBI a call about his friendship with Epstein, who died in prison last year.
“If you see this man please ask him to call the FBI to answer their questions,” read a large message on the side of the bus, accompanied by two pictures of Andrew.
Andrew’s repeatedly promised to answer any questions authorities might have about his involvement with Epstein – and the allegations against him that he raped Virginia Roberts when she was 17.
But according to the FBi, he’s failed to show any sign of actually following through on that pledge.
For his part, Andrew says he hasn’t actually been approached by investigators yet.
Luckily, Gloria Allred – who is facing questions of her own after accusations via the New York Times that she assisted in suppressing the voices of Harvey Weinstein’s victims – helpfully provided the phone number he can call.
If he finds picking up the handset a hurdle too difficult to overcome, a servant will doubtless be able to assist.
Isn’t that where the £67m that makes up the tax-funded Sovereign Grant is intended to go anyway? To aid princes accused of sexual assault in making telephone calls?