This 15 August 2020 video says about itself:
Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports.
This 15 August 2020 video says about itself:
Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 9 August 2020:
Pressure mounts on Spain to pursue ex-king on corruption charges
Spanish media have published images of him in the Gulf state.
Knowledge of his whereabouts will intensify pressure on Spanish authorities to pursue investigations into alleged criminal behaviour that includes money-laundering and bribery relating to a Saudi construction contract.
This June 2014 video says about itself:
Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (Joachim Karl-Maria Nikolaus Isabelle Marcus d’Aviano, born 9 December 1991), Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Prince of Modena, is the third child of Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. He studied for a “Bachelor of International Economics, Management and Finance” from September 2011 at Bocconi University in Milan.
I wonder how many people in the Austrian republic, in the Hungarian republic, in Bohemia in the Czech Republic and in Modena in the Italian republic, know that this Belgian Prince Joachim is their ‘real’ sovereign 🙂
Today, Dutch NOS radio reports (translated):
Belgian prince infected after ‘party’ in Spain
Belgian Prince Joachim has tested positive for the coronavirus. King Philip‘s nephew may have been infected after a party at a house in Córdoba, Belgian media report. It is not clear with how many people he attended the party in Spain and whether the meeting was allowed at all, the Flemish broadcaster VRT reports. A day after the party, he showed the first symptoms of corona.
This looks like a ‘Flu Klux Klan‘ style party for rich people; similar to the one at which Belgian police fined extreme right MP Van Langenhove.
The Belgian royal family only confirms to Flemish broadcaster VRT that Joachim had traveled to Spain last week. This concerned “a professional relocation, for an internship in a corporation”. The 28-year-old prince will stay in Spain in the near future; he is in isolation.
According to correspondent Rop Zoutberg, the matter is far from over. The news of the prince’s contamination is headline news in Spain, he says. Possibly because the prince violated coronavirus measures, such as the quarantine obligation [on arrival] in Spain. And there are said to have been 27 people at the party, while in Córdoba a maximum of 15 people can gather.
“It’s a bit like the story of Cummings, in England. The whole country is locked down. No one is allowed to travel. And then some princeling thinks those rules don’t apply to him,” says Zoutberg. The Spanish authorities have now launched an investigation into what exactly happened. If it will turn out that rules have been broken, the fines can amount to 600,000 euros.
This 18 November 2019 British TV video says about itself:
Dr Hilary Jones Assesses Prince Andrew’s Sweating Claims | Good Morning Britain
In an exclusive interview on BBC’s Newsnight, Emily Maitlis interviewed Prince Andrew about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and the allegations that he had underage sex with one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Roberts. The Prince denies such allegations and has no recollection of meeting Ms Roberts. GMB speaks to women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing five of Epstein’s accusers, and she says the royal should volunteer himself to be interviewed by the FBI and US lawyers. In the studio, Lady Colin Campbell, journalist Angela Levin and Dr Hilary Jones discuss the case. Dr Hilary also assesses the claim that the Prince made in the interview that he is unable to sweat.
By Peter Frost in Britain
Friday, March 20, 2020
PETER FROST uncovers yet more of the disgraced duke’s dirty dealings
JUST when we thought Prince Andrew had run out of lies, we hear that despite assurances that he would be happy to give an interview to criminal investigation authorities on his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the FBI tells us that Andrew has given them “zero co-operation” following requests for an interview about his close friendship with the convicted paedophile.
Prince Andrew has been keeping his head down generally. Just to be clear, that isn’t the same thing as his favourite face-down massage. Some 230 charities and universities of which he was patron or similar have sacked him or hinted they want nothing more to do with him. His mother — the Queen — it seems is pleased about this. She hopes it may protect the monarchy from further embarrassment and humiliation.
Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, with whom he still lives, are a bit disappointed. Many of the charities provided the prince, or both of them, with all-expenses paid visits to many exotic locations at home and abroad. Also each organisation held a formal royal lunch or dinner each year — providing two-thirds of the couple’s annual nosh.
The pair will get no more free tickets to the English National Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, both of which had him as patron.
Charities involved with young children were quick to realise his connection with a convicted paedophile as well as accusations made about his own behaviour with underage girls could be embarrassing to say the least. Out he went.
It seems even the Queen pulled the plug on a planned 60th birthday party for Andrew in February. Despite Andrew being her favourite child the big palace bash was downsized to a discrete family gathering.
The prince appears to be trying to hang on to his role with what was called “Pitch@Palace” a scheme for young entrepreneurs rather like Dragons Den with Prince Andy as chief dragon.
In the real TV show the dragons use their own money — but Andy is smarter, or greedier than that. He got high-profile business sponsors like Barclays, the accountancy firm KPMG, the Standard Chartered Bank and the telecoms company Inmarsat to put up the cash.
Happily, all of them have now pulled out over the prince’s recent behaviour.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying: “The duke will continue to work on what has been renamed ‘Pitch’ and will look at how he takes this forward outside of his public duties and outside of Buckingham Palace. We recognise there will be a period of time while this transition takes place.”
Meanwhile Parliament has launched an investigation into the way the scheme was run as a private company.
Another charity initiative set up by the prince to help young women trafficked for sex in India has been embroiled in allegations of mistreatment.
He claimed his new charity would financially empower vulnerable young women in India by selling their handmade fashion items in Britain through retailers including Topshop and the Buckingham Palace website.
However, the initiative soon fell into financial decline and is now largely inactive, despite being highlighted by the prince and his family as a success story throughout the scandal of his association with Epstein.
In fact, exactly when the prince’s team was setting up the Key to Freedom project, its partner charity in India, the Women’s Interlink Foundation (WIF), which manages care homes for vulnerable children and young women, was being investigated by the Indian authorities.
Ten girls aged between 12 and 15 had run away from one of the WIF’s two homes for trafficked and orphaned girls alleging that they were beaten by staff and generally mistreated.
WIF admits it did not tell the prince about the investigation, which it says cleared the care home. But it refused to publish the official police report or its own internal report. WIF’s founder Aloka Mitra dismissed the young women’s complaints, stating: “Some of them said we did not get the correct kind of chapatis.”
Clearly, Prince Andrew and his team failed to conduct due diligence on his partner charity – as indeed they did with Key to Freedom that also faces criticism that it gave false hope of financial security to the women making the hand-printed silk scarves, which were sold online at the Royal Collection shop.
The duke’s website also claims the initiative has “changed the fate of more than 100 vulnerable young women” and is still active. But WIF confirms no scarves have been available to buy through retailers for more than 18 months and only tiny orders for tote bags were placed.
These tote bags were given as gifts to guests at Andrew’s daughter Princess Eugenie’s wedding last year. The young women who made them in India got just £1.50 per bag. One guest at the wedding was Sarajit Mitra, head of the Indian charity — I hope he was served the right kind of chapati.
Mitra, WIF’s chief operating officer and son of the founder, has said that orders from Topshop declined after 2013 and stopped abruptly in June 2018 without any explanation from the prince or his team, which he described as “rude”.
Despite this, in late August a royal source close to the prince said he was particularly dismayed that his efforts to help victims of sex trafficking were being overlooked while his connections with Epstein once again hit headlines.
Mitra also said the women earned on average up to £150 per year — equivalent to 41p a day. WIF took 40 per cent of the price of any scarves they made.
The money from sales is put into accounts for the workers, but it cannot be accessed without permission from Mitra. Reportedly the women cannot leave the barbed wire compound without guards who accompany them to shops to buy essential items that are not covered by the money the state pays to WIF.
Mitra was given copies of letters written by girls who had lived in the home where they expressed their unhappiness. One letter alleges girls in the home are badly treated and “when the children want to complain, then they are told off and are asked to be quiet about it.”
The British High Commission in India was responsible for introducing the duke to WIF. One key member of the Prince’s team Amanda Thirsk, his private secretary, was at the centre of the Key to Freedom project.
Thirsk was the one who advised the prince to take part in his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview. She no longer works for him.
Andy’s ex-wife Ferguson came up with the Key to Freedom name and Andrew’s charitable trust donated £10,000 seed capital. The initiative launched formally in 2013, with an order from Sir Philip Green’s Topshop.
Just like his refusal to talk about his relationship with Epstein, Andy is also saying nothing about these Indian charities and nor is Topshop, which was involved with the Key to Freedom project at the same time that top boss Green was himself facing allegations of sexual and racial harassment of staff.
Andy and Fergie’s latest scam is to get you and I — the taxpayer — to pay for his other daughter Beatrice’s upcoming wedding just as we did for his daughter Eugenie’s three-and-a-half million pound bash.
Most amazing is that Andrew, disgraced cheat and scam artist, remains the eighth in line to the throne.
This 7th March 2020 video says about itself:
Saudi crackdown: King Salman’s brother and nephew detained
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly detained high-profile members of the royal family.
That includes former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as well as Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the younger brother of the Saudi king.
Reports suggest that they have both been accused of treason.
Saudi guards have also arrested one of Mohammed Bin Nayef’s brothers.
They are now likely under threat of life imprisonment or possible execution.
Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal explains what these detentions mean for the kingdom and their impact on Saudi politics.
We are also joined by Khalil Jahshan, the executive director of Arab Center Washington, DC.
Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:
Three prominent members of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, including the king’s brother, have been arrested. The New York Times reports that. The Wall Street Journal reports two arrests. According to the US American media, the arrests were with the knowledge or by order of the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Much is unclear about the reason.
In addition to the king’s brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the New York Times also says that former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Prince Nawaf bin Nayef were arrested in Saudi Arabia. Nawaf was previously Minister of the Interior and was given house arrest in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
It is not the first time that prominent members of the royal family have been detained. In 2017 … the Saudi crown prince had dozens of princes, ministers and prominent businessmen locked up … At the time, the campaign was explained as a way to fight a power struggle.
Sources say to Reuters news agency that influential members of the House of Saud are unhappy about the power that Mohammed bin Salman has accumulated in recent years. Also because of the role he allegedly had in the murder of journalist Khashoggi and because of a major attack on Saudi oil refineries last year,
they are said to have doubts about his leadership.
To prevent the crown prince from ever becoming king, dissatisfied relatives would like to adjust the line of succession.
SAUDI ANNOUNCES NEW CRACKDOWN ON OPPOSITION Saudi security officials arrested members of the country’s royal family in what appeared to be the latest crackdown to benefit Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman. Royal guards princes Muhammed bin Nayef and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, both once seen as contenders for the throne, from their homes. They reportedly stand accused of treason and risk execution or life imprisonment. [HuffPost]
Saudi Arabia releases footage of king to show he’s in good health following royal family arrests: here.
This 6 February 2020 video from Britain says about itself:
Lisa Bloom, the unnamed woman’s lawyer, told a press conference in New York on Wednesday that the woman’s memories of the night in March 2001 were crystal clear. The woman came forwards in December, after Prince Andrew denied on Newsnight ever being at Tramp with Miss Roberts, insisting that he was instead at a Pizza Express in Woking with Princess Beatrice.
For more on Ms Bloom’s accusations, head here.
By Marcus Barnett in Britain:
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Liverpool refuses to fly the union flag for Prince Andrew
LIVERPOOL council has refused to fly the union flag from its buildings to celebrate Prince Andrew’s birthday.
The city’s Labour mayor Joe Anderson confirmed today that Liverpool will not be marking the occasion, despite having received government orders to mark the Duke of York’s 60th birthday on February 19.
However, the order comes in spite of the Queen cancelling the Prince’s formal royal birthday celebrations on the same day.
Mr Anderson said that Liverpool Council will not be obeying the orders: “No, we won’t be doing that.
“I don’t think it would be appropriate.”
In his answer, Mr Anderson also made reference to the growing public anger over Prince Andrew’s seemingly close relationship with convicted sex offender and child sex trafficker billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
These include allegations that Mr Epstein forced Virginia Giuffre, who was then 17, to have sex with the prince.
The allegations prompted a televised interview between the prince and Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, which was received so poorly he formally stepped back from his public duties as a member of the royal family.
Earlier this week, messages that Prince Andrew had sent to a friend in 2001 were unearthed in which the prince appears to doubt his alleged victim’s integrity, calling her a “very sick girl.”
Mr Anderson said: “When you look at his behaviour — it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to mark his birthday.”
Labour councillor Roz Gladden added: “I’m not anti-royal, but this man has yet to prove his innocence in regard to his alleged abuse of young women.”
PRINCE ANDREW LET WOMEN SIT ON PALACE THRONE Prince Andrew reportedly had a “signature move” when it came to pursuing women. Two anonymous sources told The Daily Beast that the Duke of York let women sit on the thrones in the Throne Room in Buckingham Palace, including the one reserved for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. He also let at least one woman wave from the balcony at the palace, something the royal family occasionally does during special events. [HuffPost]
PRINCE ANDREW ‘SHUT THE DOOR’ ON EPSTEIN PROBE Britain’s Prince Andrew has reportedly declined to cooperate with a U.S. investigation into possible co-conspirators of Jeffrey Epstein. “Contrary to Prince Andrew’s very public offer to cooperate with our investigation into Epstein’s co-conspirators, an offer that was conveyed via press release, Prince Andrew has now completely shut the door,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. [Reuters]
This 27 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
Britain’s Prince Andrew has provided “zero co-operation” to the American investigators who want to interview him as part of their sex trafficking probe into Jeffrey Epstein, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Monday.
Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:
The British Prince Andrew is not cooperating with a US authorities investigation into sex offender and multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Geoffrey Berman, the prosecutor in New York, said that in a press conference in front of Epstein‘s house.
The US prosecutor and the federal police service FBI want to hear the prince about his relationship with multi-millionaire Epstein, who died … in his cell last year after his large-scale abuse of minors came to light. But Andrew did not respond to the request.
Prince Andrew is accused of sexual abuse by the US American woman Virginia Giuffre. She says that as a 17-year-old she has been forced several times to have sex with the British prince as a sex slave to Epstein. …
Andrew gave an interview to the BBC that caused a lot of commotion and shortly thereafter gave up his royal family public duties. In a statement, the British prince said he would “of course” cooperate in police investigations into the Epstein case.
Five women who claim to have been abused by Epstein already asked Prince Andrew to cooperate in December. Attempts to talk to the prince failed, so the women’s lawyer wants to sue him.
PRINCE ANDREW ‘UNCOOPERATIVE’ IN EPSTEIN PROBE Britain’s Prince Andrew has not responded to interview requests by the FBI regarding his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. “The Southern District of New York and the FBI have contacted Prince Andrew’s attorneys and requested to interview Prince Andrew and to date Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said. [HuffPost]
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]
PRINCE ANDREW ATTENDS QUEEN’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH Prince Andrew, scandalized for his relationship with the late sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, is still attending private functions put on by the royal family, even after he announced he was stepping back from his royal duties. Andrew was spotted on Wednesday arriving at Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Christmas lunch. [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]
Prince Andrew and the tradition of ‘Down with the Crown’. Britain’s ancient monarchy has inspired a noble tradition — hating it. KEITH FLETT charts the history of throwing things at the throne.
Anyone who watched Prince Andrew’s now disastrous TV interview could hardly believe how stupid the Duke of York was in trying to defend his relationship with well-known paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. King-in-waiting Charles, we are told, has spoken severely to his younger brother, telling Andrew how stupid he had been having a public relationship with a long-term paedophile. Can this be the same older brother Charles who spent so much time being entertained by Britain’s best-known home-grown paedophile, Jimmy Savile: here?
This 10 November 2019 South African TV video says about itself:
PUDEMO condemns purchase of 19 Rolls-Royce cars for Swazi King
The People’s United Democratic Movement or PUDEMO has strongly condemned the purchase of nineteen Rolls-Royce cars bought by the Swazi king for the exclusive use of himself, his mother and his wives. Each vehicle is worth about R10 million.
This all apparently took place during student protests that have led to the closure of tertiary institutions. The protests are due to failure by the government to pay students expenses for the past two months. Public servants have also taken to the streets demanding better salaries.
Mlungisi Makhanya, president of People’s United Democratic Movement joins us now.
Translated from Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad today, by Eril Kouwenhoven:
His country is starving, but the king is buying brand new Rolls-Royce for all his 15 wives
The African country of Eswatini, which was still called Swaziland until last year, is being torn apart by poverty, but that did not stop King Mswati III from expanding his already impressive car collection with no fewer than 19 Rolls-Royces and 120 BMWs.
According to The Times, the purchase of his majesty benefits the family, which consists of 15 wives and 23 children. The monarch – worth more than $ 200 million – has been under fire for some time because of its lavish lifestyle. He owns a fleet of luxury cars, private aircraft and he even has his own airport.
It was said to be a fleet of trucks loaded with 20 Rolls-Royces and one Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The cars are for the king’s 15 wives and one of them is for his mother. The luxury SUV Cullinan is said to have been fully adapted and will be used by the king himself. It is not yet known whether the cars were ordered directly from the BMW Group, the parent company of Rolls-Royce, or whether they were purchased through an intermediary.
The king is clearly a fan of German vehicles, since he already owns 20 (!) Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullmans, a Maybach 62 and a BMW X6. He also expanded his private fleet by buying another private jet on his 50th birthday last year, for which he paid $ 13.2 million.
In addition to its new Rolls-Royces fleet, Mswati III has reportedly also placed an order for 120 BMWs. Several local sources report that countless blue and white BMW 540 sedans and X3 SUVs were delivered to the country that is surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique.
According to the British newspaper The Guardian,Mswati raised his household budget to 61 million dollars a few years ago – while the majority of his subjects had to make ends meet on less than one dollar a day. Mswati has ruled Swaziland since 1986, succeeding his father, King Sobhuza II, of whom he was the 67th (!) son. His will is literally law: Mswati does not use a constitution.
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:
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]