The Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, has reiterated denials of claims he had sex with an underage girl more than a decade ago.
Speaking about the allegations publicly for the first time, the Duke of York told an invited audience of around 200 guests at a World Economic Forum event in Davos: “My focus is on my work.”
Speaking to leading figures from the worlds of politics and business, he said: “Firstly I think I must, (and) want, for the record to refer to the events that have taken place in the last few weeks and I just wish to reiterate and to reaffirm the statements which have already been made on my behalf by Buckingham Palace.”
After his opening statement the Duke told the packed reception at the Belvedere hotel in the Swiss resort: “My focus is on my work and this evening’s reception allows me to tell you about just a couple of the initiatives that I have founded and am passionate about.”
The Prince did not answer questions from reporters as he left the drinks reception flanked by minders at around 8.30pm local time.
The woman in question, Ms Roberts, claims to have had sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions: once at a London townhouse after they had gone to a night club, once in a New York mansion and once on a private island in the US Virgin Islands.