British Royal Has ‘No Recollection’ of Meeting Epstein ‘Sex Slave’

Britain's Prince Andrew arrives by horse and carriage on ladies day REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Andrew said in comments broadcast on Friday that he had no recollection of ever meeting an American woman who alleges she was forced to have sex with him when she was underage.

Andrew also told BBC television that he had “let the side down” by staying with U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein after Epstein’s conviction for paying a teenage girl for sex.

One of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, has said she was forced to have sex with Andrew in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island between 1999 and 2002, when she says Epstein kept her as a “sex slave”.

In an excerpt of an interview given by Andrew to the BBC’s Newsnight program, the prince was asked about the accusation by Giuffre that she had sex with him in a house in London.

“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,” said Andrew, the 59-year-old second son of Queen Elizabeth.

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts Giuffre

The interview, to be aired in full on Saturday at 2100 GMT, is an attempt to draw a line under a scandal after months of headlines about Andrew’s ties to Epstein, who killed himself in August while being held on federal sex-trafficking charges.

In another excerpt, Andrew said he stayed at Epstein’s home in New York after the financier’s conviction because he was “too honorable”. Epstein had pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida state prostitution charges.

“It was a convenient place to stay,” Andrew said. “But at the time I felt it was the honorable and right thing to do and I admit fully that my judgment was probably colored by my tendency to be too honorable but that’s just the way it is.”

Giuffre, who was previously named Virginia Roberts, has said that she first had sex with Andrew when she was 17 and underage.

A picture showing the prince with his arm around Giuffre’s waist from 2001 has appeared in British media. Unnamed supporters of Andrew told the Daily Telegraph newspaper in August that the picture had been faked.

Andrew has previously denied any inappropriate relations with Giuffre.

PREVIOUS DENIALS

When the allegations were first made, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said it was “emphatically denied” that Andrew had any form of sexual contact or relationship with her.

Andrew has previously said he stood by the palace statements. He recently apologized over his friendship with Epstein.

He has also previously acknowledged he made a mistake after a photograph of him with Epstein in New York was published in a British newspaper in December 2010. The former investment banker was then a registered sex offender.

Epstein, 66, died by hanging himself in his Manhattan jail cell on Aug. 10.

Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in 1986 and the couple divorced 10 years later although they remain close friends.

Ferguson sent him a message of support shortly before the interview excerpts were broadcast on Friday.

“It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty+pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs,” she said on Twitter.

“Andrew is a true+real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not only his duty but also his kindness + goodness @TheDukeOfYork.”

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Doug Rosenow
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Doug Rosenow

The classic non-denial denial. He isn’t sure what evidence may be extant, so he simply cannot remember being between the sheets with a minor several times, in several venues. If a semen-stained blue dress should surface, it will “refresh his recollection” — “Oh, THAT young lady. NOW I remember how she flung herself shamelessly at my feet, begging to be royally impregnated. I tried my best to resist, but she was relentless. In the end, I recall gallantly advising her to put some ice on her swollen lip. Now it’s time that I get back to the important business of… Read more »

William Conley
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Indeed the royal family is well known for their “honor” just look at how their ancestors treated the “commoners”. Look at how the recent examples of the royal family show their endless kindness and honor. Diana could attest to their honor and loyalty if she was still alive. They continue to live lives of insane luxury with protection in palaces while their people are told what quality of healthcare they deserve. Charlie Gerds parents are forced to accept the decision made by others that their child would die. They sit in their palaces while the citizens they should care about… Read more »

Friend
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Yeah, and didn’t Clinton inphatically deny having sex with that woman?? Andrew’s denial sounds like the same kind of denial to me… A guilty one! Does anyone in any liberal democratic government tell the truth anymore?? It does seem that lying has become a way of life for them.

Bonnie Keever
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There is a picture but can’t remember I hope they don’t continue to allow this sex predator in the US he is a lier and the UK can keep him

Allen Zabel
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Andrew has no recollection?
Funny how that works.
When does he sign his book deal?
After all, Didn’t Hillary, Obama, and the rest of the elites “fail to recollect?”
But then, remembered enough to write best selling books?

Sherri
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LOL – Like the one he’s pictured with. This perversion, sex and child trafficking is world wide. It’s why Trump signed EO dated 12/21/17. Look it up.

Walter Swartz
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Walter Swartz

Did someone show him the photo of them together, to try and allow him to “jog his memory” a little bit?

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