Britain’s Prince Andrew has mentioned he doesn’t keep in mind assembly Virginia Roberts, one among disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims, who mentioned she was pressured to have intercourse with the royal.
However Andrew admits in an interview with the BBC set to be broadcast on Saturday that his determination to stay associates with Epstein after he was convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor in 2008 was a critical error of judgement.
“I’ve no recollection of ever assembly this girl, none in any respect,” Andrew advised BBC interviewer Emily Maitlis, in keeping with extracts from “Prince Andrew and the Epstein Scandal” launched forward of this system’s broadcast.
Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and eighth in line to the throne, has been closely criticized over his hyperlinks to multimillionaire Epstein, who died in custody within the US in August.
apparently exhibiting Andrew along with his arm round then 17-year-old Roberts, now Giuffre, and with Epstein’s good friend Ghislaine Maxwell standing within the background, has been extensively printed. Supporters of Andrew, nevertheless, have disputed its authenticity.
Epstein pleaded responsible in 2008 to procuring a lady below the age of 18 for prostitution and served 13 months in US jail earlier than being launched on probation.
Pressed within the interview over the truth that he remained associates with Epstein even after his conviction, Andrew, 59, admitted that he regretted that call.
“I stayed with him and that’s… that’s… that’s the bit that… that… that, because it had been, I kick myself for each day,” the prince mentioned.
“As a result of it was not one thing that was turning into of a member of the royal household and we try to uphold the best requirements and practices and I let the facet down, easy as that,” he advised Maitlis of the BBC’s Newsnight program.
‘Intercourse slave’ declare
Epstein, 66, who was arrested in New York in July on expenses of trafficking underage ladies for intercourse, was discovered lifeless in his New York jail cell on August 10 whereas awaiting trial over abuses involving ladies at his Palm Seashore residence and on his non-public island within the Caribbean.
A coroner dominated that he dedicated suicide by hanging.
Over time, the financier hobnobbed with politicians, socialites and celebrities, together with Donald Trump earlier than he was president, and Invoice Clinton.
In August, Giuffre, who says she was abused by Epstein for years and farmed out to his rich associates together with Andrew, mentioned “the reckoning should not finish, it should proceed.”
Giuffre has mentioned she was pressured to have intercourse with Prince Andrew 3 times, an allegation he has strongly denied.
“He is aware of precisely what he’s accomplished and I hope he comes clear about it,” she advised reporters after a US listening to on August 27 at which different alleged victims of Epstein together with additionally described how they had been abused.
Giuffre beforehand testified that she was pressured to have intercourse with Prince Andrew in London when she was 17. She mentioned she had intercourse with him once more in New York and on Epstein’s non-public island within the Caribbean.
However the allegations had been struck from the report by a US choose in 2015, who mentioned the “lurid particulars” weren’t wanted to resolve a civil case regarding Epstein.
She has filed a lawsuit within the US accusing Epstein of utilizing her as a “intercourse slave.”
Buckingham Palace has strenuously denied the claims, calling them “false and with out basis.”
The BBC interview is the primary time that Andrew has addressed questions over the Epstein controversy.
In August, Buckingham Palace issued an announcement after a video was launched purporting to indicate Andrew on the residence of Epstein in 2010.
“His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, take part in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent,” the assertion mentioned.
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