Buckingham Palace is denying allegations of sexual assault against Prince Andrew.
The second-born son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip was one of the people named in court documents linking him to accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told NBC: “This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party. Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”
In the legal papers, Johanna Sjoberg, who has said she was 21 at the time, recounted: “I just remember someone suggesting a photo, and they told us to go get on the couch. And so Andrew and Virginia [Giuffre] sat on the couch, and they put the puppet, the puppet on her lap.”
“And so then I sat on Andrew’s lap, and I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew put his on mine.”
It was said in the documents that Ms. Sjoberg was a “young college student” who was approached by “perfect stranger” Ghislaine Maxwell, who “lured” her to Epstein’s home with the promise of a “legitimate job”.
Ms. Giuffre’s lawyers said: “Ms. Sjoberg’s testimony also corroborates Ms. Giuffre’s account of being lent out to Prince Andrew by (Maxwell).”
Ms. Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, has denied the allegations.
On Saturday, Epstein was found dead in his jail cell having reportedly taken his own life.