‘Prince Andrew should testify on Epstein abuse’


This 3 December 2019 musical video from Britain is a parody of the song Purple Rain by Prince.

It is about British Prince Andrew, making, in a BBC interview, the medically dodgy claim of being unable to sweat because of the Falklands war; after the survivor of United States paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Ms Virginia Giuffre, had claimed that Prince Andrew, while sweating profusely, had sexually abused her when she was one of Epstein’s underage sex slaves.

The music video says about itself:

Prince Andrew – Perspirable Rain

The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Andrew returns with sweat-soaked new single “Perspirable Rain”.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Five women who say they have been abused by Jeffrey Epstein want Prince Andrew to come to the United States to testify about his friendship with the US American. The women ‘s lawyer, David Boies, is going to sue him for that, he told BBC Panorama.

This 2 December 2019 TV video says about itself:

Panorama: The Prince and the Epstein Scandal

BBC documentary on the British royal scandal.

The NOS article continues:

According to Boies, Andrew may have important information about the abuse by Epstein and about trafficking in women. The lawyer said that attempts to talk to the prince have failed so far.

Before it comes to a testimony, a judge must still give his approval when Andrew would be on US American soil, the BBC reports. If that would happen, then Andrew might still object.

Photo handed to FBI

Panorama also spoke to Virginia Giuffre, who says that at the age of 17 as a sex slave to Epstein, she was forced to have sex with his friends. She says that Prince Andrew also abused her. In a recent interview, the prince still denied that. He couldn’t remember ever meeting her.

Giuffre is certain about it: “He knows what happened. I know what happened. Only one of us is telling the truth and I know that’s me.”

She also commented on remarks that a picture of her and the prince of that time is supposedly fake. Andrew also made that suggestion. But Giuffre tells the BBC that it is real and that she gave the original photo to the FBI in 2011. “There is a date on the back of it from when it was printed.” According to her, the photo was printed on March 13, 2001.

This 2 December 2019 TV video says about itself:

Epstein victim claims she was trafficked for Prince Andrew

In an interview with BBC Panorama, Virginia Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew.

Giuffre implored the people in the UK to stand up beside her. She insisted “This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked“.

From the BBC Panorama programme ‘The Prince and the Epstein Scandal’.

5 KEY MOMENTS FROM PRINCE ANDREW ACCUSER’S INTERVIEW Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre told the BBC she felt “ashamed” after allegedly having sex with the Duke of York when she was a teenager, and said “powerful people were my chains.” [HuffPost]

ANOTHER ROYAL JUST APOLOGIZED FOR TIES TO EPSTEIN “I would never have had anything to do with Epstein if I had been aware of the seriousness of his criminal acts,” Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway said in a statement given to the Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv. “I should have examined Epstein’s past more closely, and I regret that I did not.” [HuffPost]

British Prince Andrew and pedophile Epstein, update


This 18 November 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

A woman known as “Jane Doe 15” is suing the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, saying he sexually abused her at age 15, and called on Britain’s Prince Andrew to speak under oath.

By Chris Marsden in Britain:

Epstein scandal engulfs Britain’s Royal family after BBC interview with Prince Andrew

20 November 2019

An attempt at damage limitation by the palace and the BBC has backfired in spectacular fashion. Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis sought to refute allegations that his relations with deceased billionaire sex offender and trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included having paid sex with an underage girl. But his answers were met with widespread derision and demands that the Duke of York go to the United States to testify under oath.

Epstein was at the centre of an elite social circle and procured women and underage girls for sexual abuse by himself and others. The prince maintained his relations with Epstein long after he was convicted for his crimes.

In 2008, Epstein served 13 months for procuring an underage girl for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute. A three-year investigation had identified 36 girls, some as young as 14 years old, he had sexually abused. Epstein was arrested again on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for the sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. Ruled as a suicide, Epstein’s lawyers and many others have alleged that he was assassinated to protect his friends in high places—including the Duke of York.

Andrew’s friendship with Epstein was close and even involved arranging for him to pay off the debts of his former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.

In January, Virginia Roberts, now with the married name Giuffre, alleged in a court case that Andrew, “a former prime minister” and lawyer Alan Dershowitz had sex with her while she was a teenager. Epstein had paid her £10,000 to have sex with the Duke on three occasions, including during a trip to London in 2001, when she was 17, in New York and on a private Caribbean island.

Flight logs confirmed that Andrew and Roberts/Giuffre were in all the places she alleges sex happened. There is a photo of him with his arm around her waist taken at the London flat of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged “madam” and a friend of Prince Andrew. A second girl, Joanna Sjoberg, alleges that Andrew touched her breast while seated with Roberts in Epstein’s mansion.

In August 2019, the New Republic magazine published an email exchange between Epstein associate John Brockman and journalist Evgeny Morozov from September 2013, in which Brockman mentions seeing a British man named “Andy” receiving a foot massage from two young Russian women at Epstein’s New York mansion in 2010. He later “realized that the recipient” of the foot massage “was His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.”

Pilot David Rodgers claims the prince was a passenger on flights with the financier and Roberts/Giuffre, including to the US Virgin Islands on April 11, 2001.

Last month the right-wing website Project Veritas published a leaked video, revealing that ABC News had suppressed reports of Epstein’s sex-trafficking for three years, with Breaking News anchor and Good Morning America co-host Amy Robach stating off-camera, “Then the Palace found out we had [Roberts/Giuffre] whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. We were so worried that we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate [Middleton] and Will [Prince William], that also quashed the story.”

This was the background to the November 16 Maitlis interview, recorded in Buckingham Palace November 14.

To give a flavour of the painful episode, Andrew said he first met Epstein in 1999 through his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the deceased and disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell. He had maintained relations only because he wanted to learn more about the “international business world” in his capacity as a special representative for international trade and investment. Epstein had attended Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday at Windsor Castle in July 2006, but only as Maxwell’s “plus one”. Beatrice is Andrew’s daughter.

Andrew had broken contact with Epstein after his initial conviction, until December 2010, when he visited the financier just four months after he had completed his prison sentence. The duke claimed he had only done so to (again) break off relations. He had considered speaking to Epstein by telephone but decided to meet him face-to-face “to show leadership”.

Asked why he had then stayed at Epstein’s mansion and attended a dinner party, Andrew said, “It was a convenient place to stay… with the benefit of all the hindsight that one can have it was definitely the wrong thing to do but at the time I felt it was the honourable and right thing to do.

“I admit fully my judgement was probably coloured by my tendency to be too honourable,” he added.

Asking about the alleged sexual encounter with Roberts/Giuffre, Maitlis said, “She says she met you in 2001, she says she dined with you, danced with you at Tramp Nightclub in London. She went on to have sex with you in a house in Belgravia belonging to Ghislaine Maxwell, your friend. Your response?”

Andrew replied: “I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Roberts/Giuffre’s accusations were “very specific,” Maitlis said, including that the prince had been “profusely sweating”. He replied that “I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenalin in the Falklands War when I was shot at and I simply… it was almost impossible for me to sweat.” He had only started to be able to sweat again “in the recent past.”

“Nobody can prove whether or not that photograph has been doctored but I don’t recollect that photograph ever being taken,” he said. He had never been upstairs at Maxwell’s Belgravia flat and “when I go out in London, I wear a suit and a tie.” He was shown with his hand on her waist, but “I am not one to, as it were, hug.”

Most importantly, the day that his encounter with Roberts/Giuffre was meant to have taken place, March 10, 2001, he was “at home with the children.” He had taken Princess Beatrice to a party at a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking at about 4 or 5 p.m., “And then because the Duchess was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other one is there.”

“Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do,” he said. “I remember it weirdly distinctly.”

He never suspected Epstein’s criminal behaviour or saw anything unusual about the large number of guests at what have been alleged to be orgies. “I live in an institution at Buckingham Palace which has members of staff walking around all the time and I don’t wish to appear grand but there were a lot of people who were walking around Jeffrey Epstein’s house. As far as I was aware, they were staff.”

Andrew still did not regret being friends with Epstein. Knowing Epstein had “some seriously beneficial outcomes… The people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn, either by him or because of him, were actually very useful.”

Maitlis closed the interview by asking, “Would you be willing to testify or give a statement under oath if you were asked?” He replied, “If push came to shove and the legal advice was to do so, then I would be duty-bound to do so.”

This may yet prove to be the most damaging statement made by the prince. Lawyers representing 10 of Epstein’s victims have demanded that he now speak to the FBI.

Gloria Allred, representing five of Epstein’s victims, told the Guardian, “The right and honourable action for Prince Andrew to take now is for him to volunteer to be interviewed by the FBI and prosecutors for the southern district of New York.”

Lisa Bloom, who represents another five victims, said that some of the prince’s answers were “simply not credible”.

Anna Rothwell, from criminal law firm Corker Binning, said, “Prince Andrew is not entitled to any form of immunity by virtue of his position as a member of the royal family. His friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is under investigation by the FBI and he is vulnerable to extradition.”

Two New York prison guards were arrested on Tuesday and charged with multiple crimes in connection with the death of multimillionaire investor Jeffery Epstein last August. Epstein was being held on federal sex trafficking charges at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City at the time of his death and was facing up to 45 years in prison if convicted. The two guards, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, were charged with making false records and conspiring to defraud the United States. The pair had reportedly failed to conduct mandatory bed checks on Epstein every half-hour and are alleged to have spent several hours of their shift asleep. They are also said to have falsified prison logs to indicate they had conducted the required patrols: here.

U.S. DOCUMENT CACHE COULD SINK PRINCE ANDREW Prince Andrew is named in a cache of secret legal documents detailing explosive new allegations against Jeffrey Epstein that could be unsealed by a U.S. judge before the end of the year. [The Daily Beast]

PRINCE ANDREW TO STEP BACK FROM PUBLIC LIFE In his first statement since Saturday’s BBC Newsnight interview, the Duke of York said it “has become clear” he could no longer carry on with his royal duties as the scandal over his relationship with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had “become a major disruption to my family’s work”. [HuffPost]

Prince Andrew’s Epstein scandal, musical parody


This 17 November 2019 musical parody video of the Prince song ‘When doves cry’ from Britain says about itself:

Prince Andrew – When Dukes Lie

Prince Andrew’s Prince tribute act.

LYRICS:

“Explain, if you, will this picture”
Said BBC’s Emily Maitlis
“Is that your hand around her waist?
Can you, Your Highness
Can you explain this?”

I said, “Well, it could be a fake
Not been upstairs at that address
The only thing I clearly remember
Is the time I ate at Woking Pizza Express

“How come you stayed there for four days
With someone who preyed on the vulnerable?”
Well, I only went there to unfriend him
Maybe I’m just like my father: too honourable
That’s not how I dressed in the city
I’d wear a suit and a tie
I couldn’t sweat ‘cause the Falklands
This is what is sounds like when Dukes lie

Dutch royals’ friendship with Argentine Macri criticized


This Associated Press video says about itself:

Argentines protest softening of human rights law

Buenos Aires – 10 May 2017

1. Girl handing out white scarves (symbols of the plight of Argentine human rights group, Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo) to people as they begin to arrive for rally

2. People gathered in Central Plaza de Mayo square at beginning of rally

3. Woman holding placard reading (Spanish) ‘No to the 2×1 for perpetrators of genocide

4. Man standing amongst crowd in square holding large placard reading (Spanish) ‘No forgetting, no forgiving. What is missing is to put on trial those who are responsible for the economy, those from the church and the members of the justice system.’

5. Wide of large number of people walking along central avenue to arrive in square for rally

6. One of the elderly members of humanitarian group, Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, being wheeled into square; she passes over image of white scarf painted on Plaza de Mayo Square

7. Nora Cortinas, leading member of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo humanitarian group arriving at event

8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Nora Cortinas, Leading member, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo:

“People have come out to the street to rally to call for the reversal of the injustices that members of the justice system are inclined to commit. People using their voice, breaking the silence, will help us achieve the true justice for human rights.”

9. Top shot, large number of people gathered in Plaza de Mayo Square

10. Person dressed as the Grim Reaper carrying banner reading (Spanish) “The Supreme Court of injustice, corrupt and immoral, has liberated death”

11. Zoom out from image of man that disappeared during the 1978-1983 dictatorship in Argentina to his sister in law

12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ana Maria Vega, her brother-in-law was disappeared during the Argentine dictatorship:

“How can I look my grandchild and my niece in the eyes, and tell them about this (referring to the top court’s decision last week that reduced the sentence of a human rights abuser based on an interpretation of a repealed law, known locally as the 2×1 ruling). I also lost a daughter to Spain (in exile, during the dictatorship). This is what they have achieved. We can not let that the 2×1 continues. They are perpetrators of a genocide, whether it’s here or in China or even in Lujan (town in province of Buenos Aires).”

13. Top shot of people carrying large banner with images of people who disappeared during the Argentine dictatorship, through crowds into Plaza de Mayo Square

14. Wide of large number of people in Plaza de Mayo square at dusk

Buenos Aires, Argentina – 10 May 2017

++NIGHT SHOTS++

17. Various of large number of people in Plaza de Mayo square during rally

STORYLINE

Thousands of Argentines of all ages and opposing political parties joined Wednesday to protest a Supreme Court ruling that many feared would lead to the release of convicted human rights criminals.

Lower court judges denounced it as unconstitutional and rejected requests for freedom by other convicted abusers.

The Dutch royal couple and the Argentine presidential Macri couple, HH photo

This photo shows from left to right: Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Dutch Queen Máxima, Argentine presidential wife Juliana Awada and Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today, by Kysia Hekster:

King’s friendships can be risky

It is not wise for [Dutch King] Willem-Alexander and [Queen] Máxima to have friends with a distinct political profile. For his credibility as king of all Dutch people, it is important that Willem-Alexander should be above the parties. It is not for nothing that the king has the right to vote, but never votes.

Yet the Dutch royal couple are close friends with the – not uncontroversial – Argentinian President Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada. Máxima first met Macri in January 2016, at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He had then just become president of Argentina. Apparently things went well with … Máxima.

When Willem-Alexander became engaged to Máxima, there was criticism in the Netherlands of Máxima’s father, who had been Argentine minister of agriculture during the bloody military dictatorship.

Willem-Alexander then on 7 March 2001 defended his prospective father-in-law Jorge Zorreguieta by quoting Argentine ex-dictator Videla. Máxima then called, advised to say so by a Dutch senior official, that defense of her father by her fiancé ‘een beetje dom’ (a little stupid).

Because at the end of that year, King Willem-Alexander and Máxima and their three daughters spent Christmas together with the Argentinian couple and their daughter Antonia in Patagonia, where Máxima’s aunt runs a hotel. A few months earlier Maxima posed with the president, his wife and their daughter, when she visited the country for her United Nations work.

State visit

Macri and his wife visited the Netherlands in March 2017. Prior to that visit, they slept at Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn and visited the Dutch royal couple in private on the Eikenhorst, where the Orange royal family lived at the time.

Last November, Máxima was at the invitation of the Argentine president in her home country for the G20, the twenty largest economies in the world for her United Nations work. She was given an honourary place in the group photo, right behind the Argentinian presidential couple.

Macri‘s wife Juliana was also at the funeral of Máxima’s sister Inés. At the beginning of this year, the Dutch royal couple and their daughters ate again with the Argentinian president and his wife, wrote Argentinian media.

Of course the royal couple can choose their own friends. But Macri is not undisputed. During the state visit to the Netherlands, there were demonstrations by Hijos Nederland, an organization of children whose parents disappeared during the Videla regime in Argentina. The organization blames the Argentinian president for “ruling by decree, advocating milder punishment for war criminals and imprisoning human rights activists“.

Last year, Amnesty International also expressed concerns about signs of the erosion of the right to demonstration and freedom of expression under Macri. In 2015, he won the elections with the promise to put an end to the economic crisis and poverty. But he did not keep that promise.

Elections tomorrow

There are presidential elections in Argentina on Sunday. It looks like Macri will probably lose it in the first round. It is very likely that there will be a new president, Alberto Fernández, who will have nothing to do with Macri‘s political course. He is probably also a lot more distant from Macri‘s friends, including Willem-Alexander and Máxima.

This may not have immediate consequences in the Netherlands. But friendship with one president can negatively influence contacts with another, new head of state of Argentina. It is therefore important that the king also guards his political impartiality – essential in the constitutional monarchy – internationally.

Boris Johnson arrests even princess for environmentalism


Princess Esmeralda, youngest daughter of Belgian King Leopold III, photo by news photo

Often, famous actors and royal family members are allowed to get away with things for which authorities punish common people harshly.

Not any more always so in Saudi Arabia. Where, on the one hand, Saudi authorities don’t punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s sister for violence against a plumber, while French authorities also give that princess just a slap on the wrist. But where on the other hand king’s daughters are jailed and tortured for advocating women’s rights.

Not any more always so in the USA of climate denialist President Trump. 81-year-old actress Jane Fonda was arrested for opposing global warming.

Also, not any more always so in the Britain of Conservative Trump stooge Boris Johnson. Where they arrest a 63-year-old princess for opposing global warming.

Translated from Belgian daily De Standaard, 11 October 2019:

The Belgian princess Esmeralda (63), the half-sister of King Albert and King Baudouin, was arrested in London during a demonstration for the climate. The princess had joined the Extinction Rebellion protest movement.

Esmeralda has confirmed the news on her Twitter account.

Together with other demonstrators, she was arrested in a protest action at Trafalgar Square. She was released again on Friday morning. She announced this by releasing her release paper.

Esmeralda is the daughter of King Leopold III and his second wife Liliane Baels. She is therefore a half-sister of King Albert. The princess was already committed to the climate and had conversations with Anuna De Wever, Kyra Gantois and Greta Thunberg.

The Belgian branch of Extinction Rebellion now fervently hopes that the princess will also show up for their action. That might cause a striking family moment.

As other Belgian royals don’t all have a good record on the environment. Eg, hunting of elephants and deer by the king of Belgium.

After all, climate activists want to occupy the gardens in front of the Royal Palace of Brussels on Saturday. “We will call on the king to come out of his palace and declare a state of emergency for the climate“, said the activists.