He’s breaking his silence. Prince Andrew is going to address his previous friendship with Jeffrey Epstein in a new interview after years of speculation about the nature of their relationship — and how much the royal knew or allegedly participated in when it comes to Epstein’s crimes.
Prince Andrew’s interview with Emily Maitlis, “Andrew & the Epstein Scandal,” will air on BBC 2 at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16. The tell-all interview may finally put to rest lingering questions about the friendship Prince Andrew, 59, and Epstein shared — as well as the party of Epstein’s the royal was seen at even after the disgraced financier pleaded guilty to two lesser counts of unlawful sex acts with a minor and went to jail.
The tell-all was filmed at Buckingham Palace, according to Radar Online. It’s possible that Prince Andrew will specifically address the claims made by one of the late billionaire’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts, who accused the royal of having sex with her three times — in London, New York, and on Epstein’s private island, Little St. James — when she was underage.
Prince Andrew was specifically named in court papers as part of a civil case against Epstein led by Roberts in 2015. “When I walked in, Andrew and Jeffrey were seated in chairs,” Roberts claimed in court statements quoted on the “Epstein: Devil In Darkness” podcast. “Me and the girls started undressing. Jeffrey directed us with hand gestures because the Russian girls didn’t speak English. We were told to start kissing and touching and to use sex toys on each other … Jeffrey and the prince were laughing.”
The podcast noted a federal judge ruled that Roberts’ accusations about Prince Andrew’s sexual conduct with her should be stricken from the record because “the factual details regarding with whom and where the Jane Does engaged in sexual activities are immaterial and impertinent to this central claim.”
Prince Andrew later made a statement about Epstein, claiming that “at no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction. I have previously said that it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010 and I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know.”
But the royal has not commented on a photograph of him with his arm around Roberts during a party that was previously leaked. Could that be one of the topics that’s addressed in the BBC special? Stay tuned.
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