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Embattled royal family member Prince Andrew spoke publicly for the first time regarding Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged former sex slave, Virginia Roberts.

Virginia Roberts, Prince Andrew

Roberts has been dropping bombshell claims left and right about Prince Andrew, including in a new affidavit that also named Bill Clinton as a co-conspirator.

Today, the Duke of York – Prince Charles’ brother and the uncle of Princes William and Harry – felt obliged to speak out, albeit briefly, for the first time.

Appearing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he opened his speech by admitting he felt the need to address the “events” of recent weeks.

“I just wish to reiterate and reaffirm the statements already made on my behalf by Buckingham Palace,” Prince Andrew said. “My focus is on my work.”

Buckingham Palace previously denied the claims made against him in the past couple of weeks, and Andrew toed the official line during his Davos speech.

According to ITV journalist Richard Edgar, “You could hear a pin drop when he spoke” about the sex scandal that has rapidly and shockingly developed.

The royal has been besieged by stunning allegations courtesy of Jeffrey Epstein‘s “sex slave,” Virginia Roberts, who says she had sex with him three times.

One of those encounters was part of an orgy, Roberts claims. No wonder Kate Middleton doesn’t want royal family members around her kids anymore.

Roberts, now 30, has come forward as one of scores of women regarded by U.S. prosecutors as ‘victims’ of the disgraced financier Epstein, 61.

The billionaire had counted numerous celebrities, politicians and socialites as friends, including Clinton, Donald Trump and model Naomi Campbell.

Perhaps most controversially, Epstein was also pals with two senior figures in British royal circles: Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

Attempts from Roberts’ attorneys to get Andrew to speak on the subject have been rebuffed so far, and it remains to be seen if he will comment further.

The woman’s lawyers sent him a certified letter asking him to sit for an interview under oath about her stunning claims, but the letter was refused.

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