Prince Andrew’s lawyers reportedly consulted a high-profile Washington lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration about potentially helping the Duke of York handle fallout from his relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
A source familiar with the matter told the New York Times that representatives from the London-based law firm Blackfords held discussions with lobbyist Robert Stryk about Prince Andrew in recent weeks.
Stryk has represented a number of international figures in sensitive legal and diplomatic issues, though it’s unclear what kind of assistance he could have provided to Prince Andrew.
The Duke has been embroiled in a months-long standoff with federal prosecutors in New York who have asked to speak with him as they investigate alleged sex trafficking by Epstein and his associates.
One of the dozens of women allegedly sex trafficked by Epstein, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, claims that the financier’s ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell arranged for her to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 in 2001.
Prince Andrew, who has never been charged in the case, denies Giuffre’s allegations and insists he was unaware of crimes committed by his longtime friend Epstein.
Lawyers for Prince Andrew (left) reportedly consulted DC lobbyist Robert Stryk (right) about potentially helping the Duke of York handle fallout from his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew has been embroiled in a months-long standoff with federal prosecutors in New York who have asked to speak with him as they investigate alleged sex trafficking by Epstein and his associates. The Duke is pictured with Epstein in Central Park in 2011
Maxwell was arrested last Thursday in New Hampshire on charges of enticing underage girls to travel for sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein and later lying about it under oath in depositions.
It’s believed she could be transferred to the same Manhattan lockup where Epstein died by apparent suicide last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s arrest appeared to turn up the heat on Prince Andrew, as prosecutors have repeatedly criticized him publicly for refusing to agree to an interview about the case.
Prince Andrew, through Blackfords, has publicly indicated that he will help US officials in anyway he can and denied prosecutors claims that he’s offered ‘zero cooperation’.
Blackfords hit back last month by accusing former US attorney Geoffrey S. Berman of making ‘inaccurate’ statements about their client and suggesting Berman and his colleagues were ‘perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered’.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims that Maxwell arranged for her to have sex with Prince Andrew at her London townhouse in 2001. The Duke has unequivocally denied Giuffre’s allegations, despite a photo (above) appearing to show the three of them together that year
Prince Andrew (left) is pictured with Maxwell (second left) and Epstein (right) in 2000
The Times source indicated that Blackfords began speaking to Stryk behind the scenes of their public spat with prosecutors.
The source said that while Stryk has a history of helping clients with unsavory reputations, the lobbyist was uncomfortable with intervening in Prince Andrew’s circumstances, so talks of representation fizzled.
Stryk, a former Republican aide who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Yountville, California, has been one of the top lobbyists in Washington during the Trump administration.
His firm, Sonoran Policy Group, worked as an unpaid adviser to the Trump campaign in the last election and has billed more than $10.5million to foreign clients since the start of 2017.
In recent years the firm has become known for taking on clients that other Washington consultants consider too hot to handle.
Among those clients are a jailed Saudi prince who fell out of favor with his country’s powerful de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Earlier this year the firm signed on to represent the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, whose regime is considered illegitimate by the Trump administration.
Stryk also represents Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former president who is accused of embezzling millions of dollars from a state oil company she once helmed.
He also represented the government of former Congolese president Joseph Kabila as it faced US sanctions for corruption and human rights abuses.
Stryk did not immediately return messages from DailyMail.com but declined to comment when approached by the Times about his purported talks with Blackfords.
The law firm and Prince Andrew’s representatives also did not immediately return messages from DailyMail.com.