America’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has formally told the Government that the Duke of York is now part of a criminal investigation.
The Duke, 60, has strongly denied any wrongdoing but has not faced questions from US prosecutors.
Now, the US appears to have bypassed Buckingham Palace by filing a ‘mutual legal assistance’ request to the Home Office last month, The Sun claimed.
Such requests are only used in criminal cases under a legal treaty with the UK.
That could force the Royal to appear as a witness in a UK court within months – either voluntarily, or by being summoned from the US’s DOJ.
A source told The Sun:
‘It’s a huge statement of intent from the US and it moves Andrew into the realms of a criminal investigation. It’s also frankly a diplomatic nightmare.’
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