Andrew back to face the music: Prince flies home from skiing holiday amid crisis over claims he had sex with under-age girl

Pursing his lips pensively today, Prince Andrew walked to his car in full view of waiting photographers, making his first public appearance since he was accused of abusing the girl 'procured' for him by his close friend and convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. The extraordinary allegation was made by Virginia Roberts (bottom right with the Prince in 2001) as part of a US civil case against shamed billionaire Epstein. She claims Prince Andrew (pictured main outside the chalet and top right in his car) had sex with her when she was 17 - a minor under Florida law - and employed as a 'sex slave' by Epstein. The fifth in line to the throne slept with Miss Roberts at an orgy with other under-age girls on Epstein's private Caribbean island, as well as in a private house in London and in Epstein's New York mansion, according to the court papers. The allegations were robustly denied by Buckingham Palace in an unprecedented three public statements, which describe them as 'false and without foundation'. The prince - who has spent the past week relaxing in a £22,000-a-week Swiss ski chalet with his daughter, Princess Eugenie (left) - is today expected to hold crisis talks with senior aides and lawyers in his mansion close to Windsor Castle.