Regardless of his public denials, Prince Andrew did keep at Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion within the interval when a teenage accuser mentioned that they had intercourse — and had a three-hour hole for “personal time,” in accordance with a brand new report based mostly on his unearthed itinerary.
The 60-year-old disgraced royal insisted throughout his disastrous BBC interview final yr that whereas he might have visited his pedophile pal’s Higher East Aspect mansion in April 2001, he “wasn’t staying there.”
“I used to be staying with the consul-general, which is additional down the road on Fifth,” Andrew mentioned, suggesting that was proof there was “undoubtedly … no exercise.”
Nevertheless, an official itinerary unearthed by the Each day Mail lists him as spending one of many three nights “at a personal handle in New York” — which quite a few sources insisted to the UK paper was Epstein’s sprawling dwelling on East 71st Avenue.
The three-day keep has come below intense scrutiny as a result of it’s when Virginia Roberts Giuffre has repeatedly alleged Epstein made her have intercourse with the royal for the second of 3 times, whereas she was simply 17 years outdated. Andrew has vehemently denied that declare.
Flight information seem to point out Giuffre was in New York on the time — with the duke having an unaccounted-for three-hour slot marked as “personal time” on his schedule, the Mail mentioned.
Neither the 2 Scotland Yard bodyguards nor the member of the royal family helping him on the journey had been in a position to account for that lacking time, the paper mentioned of its investigation over “a number of months.”
Others on the journey additionally advised the prince did not hold lots of his scheduled appointments — suggesting he might have had much more free time, the Mail mentioned.
Sources instructed the paper that since his preliminary denials, Andrew now recollects staying on the late pedophile’s pad to “save taxpayers’ cash.”
The prince’s reps refused to debate the report Monday. “We aren’t issuing any remark. Nothing in any respect,” a spokeswoman instructed the Guardian.
Andrew has expressed remorse for his friendship with Epstein — one which continued even after the moneyman was jailed for underage intercourse crimes — whereas denying any information or involvement.
In the identical BBC interview wherein he denied staying at Epstein’s, he even denied realizing Giuffre. The tough backlash to his interview in the end led to him being dumped from royal duties.
The feds have repeatedly accused the royal — an in depth, longtime pal of Epstein’s accused madam, Ghislaine Maxwell — of refusing to help their ongoing investigation into intercourse trafficking.
The Mail’s sources insisted the duke shouldn’t be a suspect however a possible key witness.
Epstein, 66, hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 whereas awaiting critical intercourse costs. British media heiress Maxwell, 58, is in custody awaiting trial subsequent yr on intercourse abuse costs. She has pleaded not responsible.