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Duke of York un­der fire

In­ter­view: Prince Andrew ac­cused of lack­ing em­pa­thy with abuse vic­tims

- BY TONY JONES Crime · Royals · Celebrities · Jeffrey Epstein · United States of America · Virginia · PizzaExpress · BBC Radio 4 · Prince of Wales · Seward, KS

The Duke of York is fac­ing a bar­rage of crit­i­cism fol­low­ing his tele­vi­sion in­ter­view about the Jef­frey Ep­stein sex scan­dal, with the royal ac­cused of a lack of em­pa­thy with the vic­tims.

His at­tempt to set the record straight about his re­la­tion­ship with the con­victed sex of­fender has been widely con­demned for its un­sym­pa­thetic tone and lack of re­morse.

Com­men­ta­tors are ques­tion­ing the prince’s de­ci­sion to speak out about the al­le­ga­tions and his friend­ship with Ep­stein, with one call­ing it an “ap­palling lack of judg­ment”.

A le­gal ex­pert said be­ing a mem­ber of the monar­chy did not give the duke a get-out clause from be­ing pros­e­cuted in the US, and he was “un­wise” to have given a de­tailed ac­count of his ac­tions to the media.

Dur­ing the in­ter­view,

Andrew, ques­tioned by News­night pre­sen­ter Emily Maitlis, twice stated his re­la­tion­ship with Ep­stein, who died in jail while fac­ing sex traf­fick­ing charges, had some “se­ri­ously ben­e­fi­cial out­comes”.

He de­nied he slept with Vir­ginia Gi­uf­fre, one of Ep­stein’s vic­tims, on three

“Andrew could find him­self out of the core royal fam­ily”

oc­ca­sions, twice while she was un­der­age, say­ing one en­counter in 2001 did not hap­pen as he spent the day tak­ing his daugh­ter, Beatrice, to Pizza Ex­press in Wok­ing for a party.

He cast doubt on the au­then­tic­ity of a pic­ture that ap­pears to show him with his arm around the waist of Mrs Gi­uf­fre, when a teenager, say­ing “from the in­ves­ti­ga­tions that we’ve done, you can’t prove whether or not that pho­to­graph is faked or not be­cause it is a pho­to­graph of a pho­to­graph of a pho­to­graph.”

He ex­pressed re­gret at mak­ing con­tact with Ep­stein in 2010 after the 66-year-old had been re­leased from an 18-month prison term for pros­ti­tut­ing mi­nors.

But Maitlis high­lighted how he spent a num­ber of days with him at his home, and how he was guest of hon­our at a din­ner party she said cel­e­brated Ep­stein’s re­lease.

In­grid Se­ward, editor-inchief of Majesty mag­a­zine, told BBC Ra­dio 4’s World at One pro­gramme that in the wake of the in­ter­view, Andrew could find him­self out of the core royal fam­ily, if re­ports are cor­rect that the monar­chy will be slimmed down when the Prince of Wales be­comes king.

Ms Se­ward added: “I think if there’s a slimmed­down monar­chy I very much feel Andrew won’t be a huge part in it.”

 ??  ?? CRIT­I­CISM: The prince de­nied he slept with one of Jef­frey Ep­stein’s vic­tims
CRIT­I­CISM: The prince de­nied he slept with one of Jef­frey Ep­stein’s vic­tims

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