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Prince Andrew addresses rumors that he had sex with a teenager

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

These rumors about Prince Andrew having underage sex are seriously disturbing

Prince Andrew is speaking out for the first time about the underage sex scandal rocking the monarchy, and we're not at all surprised by what he had to say.

Kate Middleton's uncle-in-law stands accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl who was allegedly forced into a human trafficking ring as arranged by Andrew's pal and convicted pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. He has stayed mum for weeks, but the prince finally broke his silence at a special reception at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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"I think I must for the record refer to the events that have taken place in the last few weeks," he said during a speech. "I just wish to reiterate and to reaffirm the statements which have already been made on my behalf by Buckingham Palace.

"My focus is on my work," he added.

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The palace has released two statements on the allegations. The first read, "This relates to long-standing and ongoing civil proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party," a palace spokesperson said in the first. "As such we would not comment on the detail. However, for the avoidance of doubt, any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue."

A second, more forceful, statement released shortly after, as the scandal heated up, read, "It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. The allegations made are false and without any foundation."

Andrew is the brother of Prince Charles, father of princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and the former husband of Sarah, Duchess of York.

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