Epstein saga has long way to go, say RICHARD AND JUDY

We fell to talking about so-called journalistic instinct; how it sharpens with age and experience. Personally I've discovered that pretty early on in a developing story I can privately predict reasonably accurately how it's going to spool out. For example, I remember that when the Chris Huhne saga (the government minister who persuaded his wife to take his speeding points) first surfaced as barely more than a paragraph in the papers, I told Judy: "He'll go down for this." And he did - eight months for perverting the course of justice.

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"So what do you think of the Prince Andrew shenanigans?" I asked my friend. "Where's all that going to end up?" My friend and I agreed without demur on what the future might hold. The murky waters currently swirling around the Queen's second son may get a lot deeper and darker in the coming year if lawyers follow up on their promise to use all the legal options at their disposal to get him to the witness box.

This week the Met confirmed it is likely to re-open its investigation into Prince Andrew's paedophile friend, Jeffrey Epstein.

It says a "pre-investigation" - code for a feasibility study - could be begun "in the light of current revelations and further victims coming forward".

Ominously, the Met went on: "There has been a renewed focus on Mr Epstein's friends and associates which could potentially instigate further criminal and/or civil investigations against these individuals."

On Monday the FBI claimed that Andrew has offered "zero co-operation" following its requests for an interview about his friendship with Epstein, despite the prince saying in his disastrous Newsnight interview that he would talk to investigators if required.

But now it seems the FBI is ramping up its investigation.

Prince Andrew next Her MajestyPrince Andrew’s association with Epstein has caused unrest (Image: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Geoffrey Berman, the senior US attorney who revealed the bureau's frustration with Andrew, confirmed the investigation is now looking at possible "conspirators" who worked with Epstein, saying: "He couldn't have done what he did without the assistance of others."

Then on Tuesday another US attorney representing women who say they were victims of Epstein's depravity announced she would

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