Prince Andrew was 'shocked' after Maxwell's arrest

Prince Andrew said he was not cooperating in the US investigation into the trafficking of British social Ghislain Maxwell and miner financier Jeffrey Epstein, whose legal team expressed "outrage" on Friday.

Andrew, the daughter of the late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, is believed to have started talking about Epstein - a convicted pedophile - and his relationship with the prince.

Maxwell was arrested and charged Thursday by US officials after being detained for months.

After defending her relationship with Queen Elizabeth II's second son, Epstein committed suicide in prison and left her royal duties.

He has since stopped giving U.S. prosecutors his version of events.

An anonymous source from the Press Association news agency said, "The Duke team communicated with the DOJ twice last month and to this day we have no response."

As United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss told reporters Thursday, "We welcome the arrival of Prince Andrew to speak with us."

"We want to make good on his statement," he said.

The 60-year-old Duke of York claimed he had denied having sex with a 17-year-old girl that Epstein had bought.

The girl posing with her arms around the waist, the pictures forced Andrew to give the BBC a devastating TV interview, which quickly followed him as he stood out from all royal duties in November.

A lawyer representing some of Epstein's alleged victims told British television on Friday that the prince was "avoiding and avoiding" American officials.

ETV lawyer Gloria Allod said: "More excuses, more delays. It's really painful for many victims. It's not fair."

Another lawyer, representing the victims, said Andrew's royal contacts were helping him avoid justice.

Lauer Spencer Coogan told BBC Radio, "He is hiding behind not only the royal family but his lawyers."

Andrew "repeatedly rejected our request for an interview," a U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York said last month.

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