Ghislaine Maxwell arrest throws spotlight back on Prince Andrew
No respite for Duke of York over friendship with British socialite and Jeffrey Epstein
over the royal’s cooperation – or alleged lack of it – over their investigation into the late billionaire.With Maxwell now in the headlines, there seems little respite in sight from the unrelenting pressure the duke has found himself under over his friendship with the pair.
He has known Maxwell, the daughter ofthe late, disgraced London newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell,by his own account since she was at Oxford University. They were, he has said, “close friends”. It was Maxwell who introduced him to Epstein back in 1999.
Though Andrew eventually severed his contacts with Epstein, by then a convicted sex offender, following an outcry when a photograph was published of the two walking together in Central Park, New York, the duke has maintained his friendship with Maxwell.
He last saw her in spring or summer last year “when she was here doing some rally”, he told Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis in his, the fall-out from which led to his stepping down from public life.He was asked directly by Maitlis if Maxwell had “questions to answer about her role” over Epstein.
He replied: “ If there are questions that Ghislaine has to answer, that’s her problem I’m afraid. I’m not in a position to be able to comment one way or the other.”Reportedly introduced to her by his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, Andrew seems to have eagerly embraced the social contacts enabled by Maxwell, who was a pivotal fixture on the New York party circuit.
The duke was a guest at dinner parties Maxwell, as Epstein’s aide-de-camp, organised at the financier’s Upper East Side mansion in New York.The royal and the socialite were photographed at soirees, including at the “pimps and prostitutes” theme party in 2000, thrown by the model Heidi Klum in Manhattan, with Maxwell attired in gold lame and wearing a blonde wig.
According to one report, in the Evening Standard, in 2001 Andrew and Maxwell went on a number of trips together, including to Florida and Thailand, with claims Epstein had joined them on occasion.Andrew invited the pair to the palaces and mansions at his own family’s disposal. He corrected Maitlis when she suggested he had hosted a 40th birthday party for Maxwell. It was, he said, “a straightforward shooting weekend”, held at Sandringham, at which Epstein was her plus-one.
Maxwell and Epstein were guests at his daughter, Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday party at Windsor Castle. They stayed at Balmoral. They popped up on the star-studded guest list for the Dance of the Decades in 2000, which saw more than 600 guests descend on Windsor Castle to mark four royal birthdays, including Andrew’s 40th.
It was at Maxwell’s London Belgravia townhouse that the duke was photographed with his arm around the waist of his now accuser, Virginia Giuffre (nee Roberts). Allegedly taken in 2001, Andrew has said he has no memory of it, or of ever meeting Giuffre.
Last month, the duke’s lawyers issued a statement accusing the American investigators into Epstein of misleading the public and breaching their own confidentiality in their handling of the inquiry.In a strongly-worded two-page statement, his lawyers alleged that the US Department of Justice had rejected three offers of help volunteered by Andrew this year. They also noted that the DoJ had “advised us that the duke is not and has never been a ‘target’ of their criminal investigations into Epstein” and that they had instead sought his “confidential, voluntary cooperation.”
Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the southern district of New York, responded by publicly accusing Andrew of trying to “falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to co-operate” and said that a request to schedule and interview had been “repeatedly declined.”Read more: The Guardian »
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BEEnnis Is Netflix planning a sequel? Katherine Keating daughter of Australian former Prime Minister Paul should be next for the shoulder tap by FBI in Epstein case.. Katherine Keating daughter of Australian former Prime Minister Paul should be next for the shoulder tap by FBI. Culldogfarms They're coming to get you
Mummy ! GwenieB66 No disrespect, but I don't care. If the prince was cavorting with underage girls, that's his problem. Let him come to justice. How long is this “I have been co-operating” narrative going to continue? Also who pays for his legal bills? He's now sweating and peeing Thought I saw him on the A12 this afternoon! 😂
I hope she's not going to suddenly find herself committing suicide. No place to hide, Andrew!!! Why did it take them so long ? Watching the netflix documentary alone is enough to get her detained for questioning! MI6 will finish her off before the nights out. I am sorry but he was at Pizza Express Woking. That settles it, the PM has accepts his explanation and considers the matter closed and it's time to move on.
No sweat. Lovely, well done No comment PrinceAndrew You reckon he started sweating yet? AlbannachSaor And still nobody mentions Trump 🤔 The Prince and the Canary More likely the Clintons, big year for the bridesmaid, never the bride. robevansgdn 'He's beyond reproach'. Hopefully he will be next! He’ll be ok. No sweat.
she'll be dead before she give up high profile names Be interesting to see how this pans out. She must have the dirt on lots of influential people who wouldn't want their revolting and criminal behaviour exposing. Make sure the CCTV is working in her prison cell. At the same time why it doesn’t throw spotlight on Harry Dunn’s killer? Why a British citizen Price Andrew is pulled every time Epstein’s case moves but media totally fails to raise the case of Harry Dunn’s case. Is it just because naming and shaming Price Andrew catches headline
Andrew must do porridge for sex with minor and more so for one of the most embarrassing interviews In the history of royal diplomacy. Arrogance, lies, and sense of entitlement left the intelligent Brits. watching stunned that we have to put up with these imposters. Prince Andrew is going to get suicided. Imagine how many others are involved in child rape. It’s conceivable that Boris and kier starmer could be implicated for fucking kids alongside many others. At this point it’s more likely than not. England Epstein
Shitting his highness!! Prince Andrew, they are looking at you. Why your mom sat you down, she knows you were compromised. She gonna try to protect you cause mama beat does that with the Cubs. They on you like hot grease. Sounds like Prince Andrew was a bit noncey then... That Prince Andrew? The pizza loving, non-sweaty boy?
Real men don’t dodge their responsibility and they don’t participate in underage sex rings. He's never going to voluntarily cooperate. Thinking he's too big to touch by the law. Regardless if he had sex with minors or not. Used sexually trafficked girls. The only court he will ever see is the court of public opinion. Innocent men cooperate. Clear their name.
Yes, it does......how many dead cats is it going to take to distract us from this I wonder. Can't help feeling the the British Establishment, monarchy, BorisJohnson, BrexitShambles and all are heading towards an almighty great crash, all against a background of pandemic deaths If OJ can get off, anybody can
she came from paris to UK to be in stoplight its not she was not arrested by accident all was replanted with MI6 CIA MOSSAD & Her Sweating yet? he says he is co-operating with the feds.. they say he is a liar! Prince Pedo should never NOT be under scrutiny until he is cleared by the FBI. 🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵 Squeaky bum time.
Proof needed Mommy will protect him Throw light ? They want him in to testify Isn't this guy a fetishist.? Wonder why he couldn't find better hobbies. Like ones that helped people.
How are Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell connected to the Epstein scandal?Former associate of Epstein reportedly introduced financier to Prince Andrew This could get interesting.....plea-bargaining still exist?. Very closely - at the hip or closer. Ask the Royals
Prosecutors ask Andrew for help with Ghislaine Maxwell's 'child sex abuse' caseBREAKING: Prosecutors ask Andrew for help with Ghislaine Maxwell's 'child sex abuse' case
LIVE: Investigators who charged Ghislaine Maxwell would 'welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk'Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss says Ghislaine Maxwell was among Jeffrey Epstein 's 'closest associates'. She alleges that Maxwell 'helped him exploit girls who were as young as 14' and in some cases 'participated in the abuse herself'. Read more: Obviously our children's education isn't as important as this press conference! BBC had full live Covid19 education press conference. Great news! cindygallop Ups! another accident on suicide watch
Ghislaine Maxwell has been charged with crimes relating to Jeffrey EpsteinGhislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein 's former girlfriend, has been arrested by the FBI
Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested on charges relating to Jeffrey EpsteinGhislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein 's former girlfriend, has been arrested by the FBI
Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell 'arrested in US by FBI'The British socialite is set to appear in court on Thursday, according to US reports allisonpearson About time Acting U.S. Attorney Strauss says: 'We would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk with us' following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell She was as guilty as he was