Prince Andrew interview: Jeffrey Epstein keep was ‘mistaken factor to do’

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Media captionPrince Andrew: “I let the aspect down, easy as that”

The Duke of York has stated he “let the aspect down” by staying on the dwelling of convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, including it was the “mistaken factor to do”.

Answering questions on his hyperlinks to Epstein for the primary time, Prince Andrew stated his keep was not “changing into of a member of the Royal Household”.

The prince spoke to BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis in an interview recorded at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

It is going to be broadcast on BBC Two at 21:00 GMT on Saturday.

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Prince Andrew, who’s the Queen’s third little one, has been going through questions for a number of months over his ties to Epstein, a 66-year-old American financier who took his personal life whereas awaiting trial on sex-trafficking fees.

In 2010, the prince was photographed strolling with Epstein in New York’s Central Park – two years after Epstein’s conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution.

Footage printed by the Mail on Sunday confirmed the prince in Epstein’s Manhattan mansion at about the identical time.

Addressing his resolution to stick with Epstein following the American’s first conviction, Prince Andrew stated: “That is the bit that… because it had been, I kick myself for each day as a result of it was not one thing that was changing into of a member of the Royal Household and we attempt to uphold the best requirements and practices and I let the aspect down, easy as that.”

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Challenged on his resolution to remain on the dwelling of a convicted intercourse offender, the prince stated: “It was a handy place to remain.

“I imply I’ve gone by this in my thoughts so many occasions. On the finish of the day, with a advantage of all of the hindsight that one can have, it was positively the mistaken factor to do.

“However on the time I felt it was the honourable and proper factor to do and I admit absolutely that my judgement was most likely colored by my tendency to be too honourable however that is simply the way in which it’s.”

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Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein go for a stroll collectively by New York’s Central Park

In 2015, Prince Andrew was named in court docket papers as a part of a US civil case in opposition to Epstein.

Considered one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre – stated she was pressured to have intercourse with the prince 3 times between 2001 – when she was 17 – and 2002, in London, New York and on a personal Caribbean island owned by Epstein.

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Within the BBC interview, Emily Maitlis asks the prince about Ms Giuffre’s claims that in 2001, she had dined with him, danced with him at a nightclub, and went on to have intercourse with him on the home of a good friend of the prince in Belgravia, central London.

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The prince replied: “It did not occur. I’ve no recollection of ever assembly this girl, none by any means.”

When requested as soon as extra whether or not he remembered assembly Ms Giuffre, the prince stated: “No.”

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Ms Giuffre says she was abused by the prince in Ghislaine Maxwell’s London dwelling, the place she was pictured in 2001

Particulars of Ms Giuffre’s claims in opposition to the prince had been later formally struck from court docket information when a decide dominated they had been pointless to the case, saying they had been “immaterial and impertinent” to the “central declare”.

Individually, a lady referred to as Johanna Sjoberg alleged that the prince touched her breast whereas they sat on a sofa in Epstein’s Manhattan condo in 2001 in paperwork from a defamation case.

Buckingham Palace has issued robust denials of all allegations in opposition to the prince.

And Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, wrote on Friday that the prince was a “true [and] actual gentleman and is stoically steadfast not solely [in] his responsibility but additionally his kindness”.

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In 2015, a press release from the palace stated that “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the prince was “categorically unfaithful”.

The prince first met Epstein in 1999 they usually noticed one another on a number of events after that.

In 2005, the mother and father of a 14-year-old lady instructed police in Florida that Epstein had molested their daughter at his Palm Seaside dwelling.

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Prosecutors solid a cope with Epstein in 2008, which noticed him keep away from federal fees.

He as an alternative obtained an 18-month jail sentence, throughout which he was in a position to go on “work launch” to his workplace for 12 hours a day, six days per week. He was launched on probation after 13 months.

In a press release launched by Buckingham Palace in August, the prince stated he was “appalled” by the intercourse abuse claims surrounding his former good friend.

The assertion added: “His royal highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, take part in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

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Discussing how the BBC’s interview was secured, Emily Maitlis instructed Newsnight on Friday that talks with the palace had been ongoing for “many months” and had intensified following Epstein’s loss of life.

She stated the prince needed to search the approval of the Queen and that “she gave log out both late on Monday or very early on Tuesday”.

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