Saturday, November 30, 2019

Prince Andrew 'may never return to public life' after Jeffrey Epstein scandal

Prince Andrew faces total banishment from public life as the Royal Family braces for more revelations from his sex-abuse accuser.

The Duke of York was forced to “step back” from frontline duties after his devastating interview with the BBC.

His attempt to clear his name over allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old “sex slave” backfired as he described the behaviour of paedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein only as “unbecoming”.

Andrew denied ever meeting his accuser Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, despite a photograph that shows him with his arm around her waist.

And palace officials fear Ms Giuffre has revealed more details of their alleged meetings and the Prince’s relationship with sex offender Epstein in a BBC Panorama programme due to air on Monday.

A royal source said: “There is a sense of trepidation in the palace about what Virginia Roberts might say and any potential involvement of the FBI.

“Prince Andrew has been given the worst-case scenario for him and his involvement with the family – that he may never be able to return to the front line of duty. The Duke of York suggested he will take a back step from public life for the foreseeable future but the reality is he has been told it could be for a very, very long time, potentially for ever.”

In a teaser for the Panorama ­interview, Ms Giuffre describes the time she spent as Epstein’s sex slave as “really scary”.

The 35-year-old claims she had sex with Andrew when she was 17 in 2001, after they danced together at the Tramp nightclub in London.

Ms Giuffre claimed they had been introduced by Epstein’s girlfriend and alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell, who denies wrongdoing and has never been charged with any crime.

The BBC spoke to Ms Giuffre three weeks before Prince Andrew’s car-crash interview with Newsnight aired. Her interview formed part of a longer investigation piece into the late paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his relationship with the duke.

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