February 28, 2024

Prince Andrew ought to surrender any hope about returning to royal duties or rehabilitating his fame, following Wednesday’s launch of Jeffrey Epstein-related court docket paperwork, which allege that he took half in an “underage orgy” with a teen lady on the intercourse offender’s Caribbean island and groped the breasts of considered one of Epstein’s alleged victims, royal consultants mentioned in an interview Thursday.

The consultants spoke to the Each day Mail after King Charles III’s youthful brother was among the many high-profile figures named within the newly unsealed court docket paperwork due to their affiliation with the multimillionaire financier, who died by suicide in 2019 after being arrested on intercourse trafficking costs.

SANDRINGHAM, NORFOLK – DECEMBER 25: Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh depart the Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photograph by Stephen Pond/Getty Photos) 

For probably the most half, the allegations towards the Duke of York have been beforehand made public, however the launch of those new paperwork are prone to remind the British public of his years of scandalous, self-indulgent conduct and revive strain on Charles to maintain his disgraced brother so far as potential from the middle of energy within the British monarchy.

Royal skilled Phil Dampier informed the Each day Mail that the Epstein recordsdata are “the ultimate nail within the coffin” for Andrew’s fame. Prince William, specifically, will need to be sure his uncle doesn’t return to the royal fold, Dampier mentioned.

“The massive hazard for him is that one other girl may make particular allegations towards him and need a day in court docket or a repay as properly,” Dampier mentioned.

Royal biographer Tom Bower informed the Each day Mail that the royal household must “bury and overlook” Andrew, particularly since they will by no means know if “extra bombs shall be dropped.” Commentator Richard Fitzwilliams agreed that any rehabilitation of Andrew’s picture is an “unattainable job.”

Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell.(Florida Southern District Court)
Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell.(Florida Southern District Courtroom) 

One of many court docket filings alleges {that a} sufferer generally known as Jane Doe #3 was “pressured to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor in three separate geographical areas.”

Jane Doe #3 is believed to be Virginia Giuffre, Epstein’s most outspoken sufferer, The Telegraph reported. The paperwork launched Wednesday stem from Giuffre’s lawsuit towards Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s British socialite ex-girlfriend and his convicted co-conspirator, the Miami Herald mentioned. Giuffre additionally filed a intercourse abuse lawsuit towards Andrew and obtained a reported $15 million settlement from him in March 2022.

The primary location the place Jane Doe #3 allegedly had intercourse with Andrew was recognized within the paperwork as London, particularly Maxwell’s house, the place Giuffre was famously photographed with Andrew’s arm round her waist, as Maxwell seemed on. Different areas recognized within the paperwork had been Epstein’s townhouse in New York and Epstein’s non-public island within the U.S. Virgin Islands. With regard to Epstein’s non-public island, Jane Doe #3 mentioned the sexual encounter befell throughout “an orgy with quite a few different under-aged women.”

In keeping with the paperwork, Epstein additionally informed Jane Doe #3 to “give the prince no matter he demanded” and required her “to report again to him on the main points of the sexual abuse.” The paperwork moreover mentioned that Maxwell “facilitated” Andrew’s “acts of sexual abuse by appearing as a ‘madame’ for Epstein, thereby aiding in internationally trafficking Jane Doe #3 (and quite a few different younger women) for sexual functions.”

Maxwell reportedly turned pals with Andrew within the early Nineteen Eighties and launched him to Epstein. She and Andrew turned fixtures within the New York and London social scenes within the late Nineties and early 2000s, following his 1996 divorce from Sarah Ferguson, Insider reported. In keeping with a 2019 Each day Beast report, Andrew relied on Maxwell to introduce him to younger ladies in London and to even deliver them to satisfy him at Buckingham Palace. Maxwell was convicted in 2021 for her function in Epstein’s intercourse trafficking operation and sentenced to twenty years in federal jail.

There was some thought that Charles would possibly ease Andrew again into the royal fold, following the 2022 dying of their mom, the late Queen Elizabeth II. A number of weeks in the past, Charles allowed his brother to hitch the general public parade of royals attending the household’s conventional Christmas Day service on the Sandringham Property. Andrew was seen standing close to his brother, Prince Edward, and strolling along with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, and his daughter, Princess Beatrice and her husband.

Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (L), Sarah, Duchess of York (2L) Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (3L) and Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (4L) arrive for the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate in eastern England, on December 25, 2023. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York (L), Sarah, Duchess of York (2L) Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (3L) and Britain’s Princess Beatrice of York (4L) arrive for the Royal Household’s conventional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Property in jap England, on December 25, 2023. (Photograph by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photograph by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP by way of Getty Photos) 

However Dampier informed the Each day Mail that Charles solely allowed Andrew to hitch his household on the service as a result of he “felt sorry” for him.

Andrew has paid a steep value for being pals with Epstein, even after he claimed he reduce ties with him in 2010. He additionally has denied allegations that he sexually abused Virginia Giuffre or anybody else. The scandal over his relationship with Epstein started to achieve momentum after Epstein’s 2019 dying and after the duke’s disastrous interview with the BBC. In that interview, Andrew tried to justify his friendship with the financier, supplied weird explanations for why Giuffre’s allegations had been false and did not acknowledge the struggling of any of Epstein’s victims.

US financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019.(Reuters via CNN)
US financier Jeffrey Epstein seems in {a photograph} taken for the New York State Division of Prison Justice Companies’ intercourse offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019.(Reuters by way of CNN)