Prince Andrew, Duke of York, said he acted wrongly by staying with the late paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein but denied having sex with a 17-year old, agencies report citing BBC.
In an interview with BBC Two’s Newsnight programme aired on Saturday night, Andrew told journalist Emily Maitlis that while staying at Epstein’s house in December 2010, he felt it was the “right” thing to do, maybe because his judgement was coloured by a tendency to be too honourable.
Andrew said he kicks himself every day for letting down the royal family by committing that mistake.
However, Andrew said he has no recollection of meeting Virginia Giuffre who alleges she was forced to have sex with him by Epstein in the central London home belonging to the royal’s friend Ghislaine Maxwell.
But a 2001 picture of Andrew with his arm around Giuffre questions this claim.
Giuffre alleges that in 2001, Epstein forced her to take a flight in his private jet to London where she met Andrew, dined and danced with him at a nightclub and had sex with him in Maxwell’s house in Belgravia.
Andrew said he cannot remember the meeting with Giuffre who was then just 17.
Giuffre responded by saying the prince knows the truth and she too knows it.
Her lawyer Jack Scarola told the Daily Mail that Andrew should talk to police and not reporters.
Although Epstein died in his jail cell under suspicious circumstances, investigation is still going on into his alleged sexual abuse of girls.
Buckingham Palace has dismissed allegations of Andrew’s sexual encounters with minors as false and baseless.
It remains to be seen whether law enforcement authorities will look again at the allegations against Andrew in the light of the BBC interview.