Britain’s Prince Andrew’s alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old American girl and friendship with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein are back in focus in the light of the victim’s first UK television interview aired on BBC One on Monday.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, now 35, requested Britons to stand by her after hearing the story of a trafficked teenager’s alleged sexual encounter with a royal.
Giuffre said Andrew knows what happened and she too knows what happened. But of the two, only she is telling the truth.
In court papers filed in Florida, Giuffre claimed she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was still a minor. She alleged Andrew slept with her on three occasions, twice while she was underage.
Giuffre told BBC’s Panorama how she was brought to London by Epstein in 2001, introduced to Andrew, taken to a nightclub, and asked to dance with him.
While leaving the club, Epstein’s friend Ghislaine Maxwell instructed her she has to do for Andrew what she did for Epstein. She had sex with Andrew upstairs at Maxwell’s house in Belgravia.
Panorama examined the controversial photograph of Andrew with his arm around Giuffre’s waist at Maxwell’s house.
A portion of the baluster indicates the picture was taken from the first floor. Maxwell is standing behind them smiling.
Giuffre said the photo is genuine and its original is with the FBI. However, Andrew’s supporters will have excuses like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored.
In a BBC Two Newsnight programme aired on Nov 16, Andrew said he has no memory of the photo being taken. He also doubted whether it was his own hand shown in the photo.
Denying the allegation that he slept with Giuffre at Maxwell’s house, Andrew said he was then partying with his daughter Princess Beatrice.
To counter the duke’s claim of having no recollection of ever meeting Giuffre, the Panorama also revealed an email allegedly sent by him to Maxwell seeking her help to deal with some claims made by his accuser.
Giuffre also told Panorama on Monday that five victims of Epstein are hoping Andrew would give a testimony in their civil court case since, according to them, he has seen guests being given massages by underage girls at Epstein’s homes.
However, in his Newsnight interview, Andrew claimed he did not notice any suspicious activity during his visits to Epstein’s homes in Florida, New York and the Caribbean.
Buckingham Palace rubbished all allegations made against Andrew on Panorama.
It said Andrew regrets his ill-judged association with Epstein whose suicide may have upset many of his victims. The duke sympathises with them and is willing to help them.