And he’s STILL say­ing he can’t re­mem­ber this

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Chris­tian Gysin

THE in­fa­mous pho­to­graph of Prince An­drew smil­ing as he stands with his left arm around the waist of a young Vir­ginia Roberts has dogged him for years.

Both the photo and the claims made by the young Amer­i­can – that she had sex with the prince in so­ci­ety host­ess Ghis­laine Maxwell’s central Lon­don home – refuse to go away.

Miss Roberts main­tains the pho­to­graph was taken in March 2001 when pae­dophile Jef­frey Ep­stein, Miss Maxwell and An­drew re­turned to Miss Maxwell’s mews house af­ter din­ner and a visit to Tramp night­club in May­fair.

Miss Roberts, who was 17, said the group went up­stairs and it was then that she asked Ep­stein to take a shot of her with the di­vorced prince. Miss Maxwell is in the back­ground.

She later re­vealed she wanted to show the pho­to­graph to her mother and, af­ter the picture was taken, Ep­stein and Miss Maxwell left the pair alone.

Today the prince will tell News­night’s Emily Maitlis he does not re­call meet­ing Miss Roberts.

The clear im­pli­ca­tion from his an­swer on the BBC is, there­fore, that the pho­to­graph is a fake.

The picture was first pub­lished by the Mail on Sun­day in 2011 af­ter the news­pa­per found Miss Roberts liv­ing in a small bun­ga­low in New South Wales.

In re­cent months, An­drew’s friends have tried to dis­credit the pho­to­graph – with some say­ing it had been doc­tored on a com­puter.

An­drew is seen dressed in dark trousers and a light blue shirt with sev­eral but­tons un­done and with the sleeves adorned with cuff­links. This was a ‘look’ he favoured at the time. Only a few months ear­lier a pho­to­graph was taken of the prince in al­most ex­actly the same cloth­ing.

Sources close to An­drew have also claimed his fin­gers ‘don’t look right’ in the pho­to­graph.

How­ever An­drew has chubby fin­gers and in a shot taken of him at around the same time this ap­pears to be the case. His fin­gers in the shot with Miss Roberts also look re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to other pho­tos from the time.

Sources close to An­drew ques­tion his height rel­a­tive to Miss Roberts. The prince is around 6ft, while Miss Roberts is said to be around ft 8in. The picture does seem to re­flect this.

There is clearly the sight of a flash as the shut­ter but­ton was pressed by Ep­stein and the style of the win­dow matches Miss Maxwell’s then home.

Pho­to­graphic ex­perts point out that the prac­tice of ma­nip­u­lat­ing im­ages was in its in­fancy when the picture was taken.

Sou­venir shot: Prince An­drew with Vir­ginia Roberts and Ghis­laine Maxwell

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