There is a “growing frustration” amongst members of the U.K. royal family over worldwide consideration on Prince Andrew‘s ties to the Jeffrey Epstein intercourse trafficking case, The Sunday Times’ Roya Nikkhah instructed “CBS This Morning.” Authorities publicly referred to as out the prince for refusing to cooperate with authorities in a Monday press convention.

Five Epstein accusers mentioned they have been outraged over Prince Andrew’s alleged refusal to assist federal investigators. Andrew had mentioned that he was keen to communicate to authorities along with his attorneys’ backing in a November interview with the BBC, however reportedly claims that no one had reached out to him.

“I have to say I’m not really that surprised,” Nikkhah mentioned. “I’ve seen the reports overnight of Andrew saying actually, ‘you know, this isn’t true, I will provide testimony if I’m asked to’.”

Reports of no one reaching out to him are “absolutely not true,” Nikkhah added.

She revealed that Gloria Allred, who’s representing a number of accusers, gave The Sunday Times a letter she despatched to Andrew in early December asking him to help U.S. prosecutors with the case towards Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York has not but replied.

Still, Nikkah mentioned, Queen Elizabeth nonetheless holds her second son in excessive regard. “She sticks by him.  We saw her out riding with him, we saw her at church with him last week,” however the prolonged family is annoyed that he appears to be offering “fuel” to the continuing controversy.

As for Andrew’s older brother, future monarch Prince Charles, Nikkhah mentioned that his son Harry and his new family are very a lot on his thoughts. Charles hoped for a “streamlined” royal family underneath his reign.

“The modern monarchy has to seem to be working for a purpose” to keep related, Nikkah mentioned. “But for him, that streamlined monarchy always was going to include Harry and whoever he chose to be his wife, so he’ll be readjusting that.”

When requested about rumors of the queen abdicating her throne early among the many different controversies surrounding the family, Nikkhah mentioned merely that “it’s not going to happen.” 

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