US lawyers for victims of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein are urging Prince Andrew to co-operate with investigators, insisting he was "simply not credible" in an interview on his relationship with the late financier.
Andrew, 59, announced on Wednesday his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, had approved his plan to "step back from public duties for the foreseeable future," citing the "major disruption" caused by the renewed focus on his ties to Epstein.
He said he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required".
"I've been working with my five Epstein victim clients for months," US lawyer Lisa Bloom tweeted on Thursday.
"Prince Andrew was simply not credible in his (BBC) interview."
Andrew was widely criticised for what a leading publicist called a "car crash" BBC interview late Saturday to discuss his links to Epstein and allegations from a US woman who said she was forced to have sex three times with Andrew, including when she was 17.
"He and his staff must co-operate with all investigations, show up for civil depositions and trials, and produce all documents," Bloom said.
"We are just getting started," she added.
Gloria Allred, another US lawyer representing alleged victims of Epstein, told the broadcaster both criminal and civil legal routes could be used if Andrew fails to agree to be interviewed by investigators.
It's been reported the Duke of York has cancelled a trip to Bahrain as the fallout over his relationship with Epstein continues.
Andrew was expected to travel to the Middle East this weekend as part of his Pitch@Palace project for tech entrepreneurs but the plan has been cancelled.
It has also been reported his private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, has been removed from her role and will instead become the chief executive of the Pitch@Palace programme.
The Daily Mail said Ms Thirsk, who's believed to have been the driving force behind Andrew's Newsnight interview, was dismissed on Thursday.
British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday nobody was above the law and anyone who had done something wrong should be open to investigation, when asked about whether Andrew should make a statement.
"The revelations about Epstein are appalling and I think we should start with the principle that there some victims here - desperate young women who were abominably and appallingly treated," Corbyn said.
"Nobody is above the law and anybody who has committed something should be open to questioning and investigation about it."