Queen Elizabeth II's second son became caught up in a tabloid controversy at the start of 2015 after Virginia Roberts went public with claims she engaged in sexual relations with the Prince on three occasions when she was just 17 years old.

The allegations were made in court papers filed against Epstein on 30 December (14) as part of a long-running legal battle by two other females, who claim the disgraced banking mogul also sexually abused them as minors.

Royal representatives insisted "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue", while Prince Andrew himself addressed the accusations while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January (15), stating, "I just wish to reiterate and to reaffirm the statements that have already been made on my behalf by Buckingham Palace."

The Prince was not named as a defendant in the suit, but on Tuesday (07Apr15), U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra denied Roberts and another plaintiff's bid to join the existing Epstein lawsuit and demanded the sex claims regarding the royal and famous lawyer Alan Dershowitz be wiped from the court records.

Billionaire Epstein, 62, served 13 months of an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution in 2008.

Prince Andrew, 55, has never faced formal allegations of improper behaviour with minors in connection to the Epstein case.