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Police Won't Reopen Prince Andrew, Epstein Investigation

British police have defended their decision not to investigate allegations made against Prince Andrew by a woman who claims she was a "sex slave" of Jeffrey Epstein

London's Metropolitan police said the sex trafficking claims against Epstein would not proceed into a full criminal investigation.

They said their decision remains unchanged that they were "not the appropriate authority to conduct enquiries" following Epstein's death in August.

Police added officers have spoken to other law enforcement agencies but have "not received a formal request asking for assistance".

Metropolitan Police Commander Alex Murray said police concluded "it was clear that any investigation into human trafficking would be largely focused on activities and relationships outside the UK."

Britain's Prince Andrew spoke about his ties to Epstein in a BBC interview. Image: AAP

Virginia Giuffre claimed she was procured to have sex with late pedophile Epstein before being forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 years old.

She alleges Prince Andrew slept with her on several times, and on one occasion, she said he plied her with vodka at a London night club before having sex with her in the toilet.

Giuffre criticised the Metropolitan Police for failing to investigate her allegations. She claimed that the UK inquiry was abandoned because of "corruption" at the highest level.

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The Duke, who has now stood down from royal duties because of the Epstein scandal said he is willing to help any investigations into the matter, if required.

He vehemently denies having sex with Giuffre and says he has no recollection of ever meeting her.

Epstein died in prison in August in what the New York City coroner ruled as a suicide. He was facing trafficking charges.

With AAP

Contact Eden at egillespie@networkten.com.au