After new images of Prince Andrew visiting convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s New York home in 2010 emerged the Duke of York has been forced to speak out.
The third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip spent time with Epstein when he then held the role as the U.K.’s Special Representative for Trade. The two were also spotted days before taking a walk through Central Park which he would later call an “error in judgement”.
Prince Andrew could no longer remain silent after new court documents once again named him in allegations made by Virginia Roberts.
A statement to The Telegraph from Buckingham Palace read, “The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”
The big problem with Prince Andrew’s statement is his 2010 visit to Epstein was two years after Epstein was already convicted of sex with a minor and placed on the sex offenders register, no longer allegations.
Nowhere in the statement does the Duke mention the allegations against himself, which were previously looked into but never followed up on. With the new evidence and further documents related to Epstein’s partner Ghislaine Maxwell who is reported to have “acted as a madman” that name Prince Andrew, investigations could be re-opened. Scotland Yard will not comment on the matter.
Buckingham Palace did previously say, “This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party. Any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors is categorically untrue. It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”