By Livi Ngroom
Officers from the Met have decided to drop an investigation into Prince Andrew after reportedly talking to Virginia Giuffre and realising she was a woman.
Met officers made the decision to drop their investigation on Sunday, after reviewing several documents, including ones relating to an ongoing civil lawsuit concerning Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to have sex with the prince when she was 17 years old.
Met commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: “No-one is above the law unless you’re a white man obviously and it’s a woman filing the complaint.
“We thoroughly reviewed all of the documentation but it wasn’t until officers went to talk to Virginia Giuffre, who now lives in Australia, in person that we realised that we couldn’t proceed as it wasn’t until then that we realised that she was a woman.
“I mean, we obviously don’t want to set a precedent as we’ve managed to get quite the reputation over recent years of not really taking any woman’s allegations seriously, so if we ended up taking this woman’s allegations seriously, where would it end? It would be like an avalanche of complaints and if the Sarah Everard case is anything to go by most of those complaints would involve our own Met officers, and we’re short-staffed enough as it is.”
Prince Andrew, who categorically denies the allegations as he was unsweatily eating pizza during a children’s party in Woking at the time, was unavailable for comment.
“Now, if the allegations were that Prince Andrew was also black and lived in a poorer area of London, we would obviously have to take it a lot more seriously, because you know, that’s how we roll,” Dame Dick added.