BRITAIN gave a damning verdict on Prince Andrew last night as he appeared on national TV to answer questions relating to sex with one of Jeffery Epstein’s alleged ‘sex slaves’.
In a car crash interview with the BBC that gripped the nation he claimed he could not have had sex with a trafficked ‘sex slave’ linked to the now-deceased Paedophile Jeffery Epstein.
He denied knowing the woman who accused him of sleeping with her when she was 17 despite photographic evidence, claimed he couldn’t have had sex with her because he had taken his daughter to Pizza Express in Woking on the alleged date… yes, really.
Prince Andrew was also asked by the BBC’s Emily Maitlis if he remembered meeting Virginia Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, at Tramp Nightclub in London in 2001.
Mrs Giuffre is one of 16 women who say they were abused by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and has previously claimed in court she was forced to have sex with the Prince.
Guiffre alleged she went back to a house in Belgravia with the duke after dancing in the club and had sex with him on March 10, 2001. Later when, aged 18, she alleges they had sex again on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein where an orgy took place.
Her allegations were struck from US civil court records in 2015 after a judge said they were “immaterial and impertinent”.
Andrew said he had “no recollection” of the event, and that there were “a number of things” wrong with the story.
“On that particular day, that we now understand is the date which is the 10th of March, I was at home,” the duke said – despite this PHOTO of the pair together.
Maitlis quizzed the duke about the claims: “Are you saying you don’t believe her, she’s lying?”
The duke replied: “That’s a very difficult thing to answer because I’m not in a position to know what she’s trying to achieve, but I can tell you categorically I don’t remember meeting her at all.
“I do not remember a photograph being taken and I’ve said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact whatever.”
I WAS AT PIZZA EXPRESS.. CLAIMS PRINCE
“I was with the children and I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at I suppose, sort of, four or five in the afternoon.
“And then because the duchess [of York] was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away, the other one is there.”
Andrew said he was on leave from the Royal Navy at the time and was therefore at home with the children.
Ms Maitlis asked why he remembered going to Pizza Express “so specifically”.
The duke replied: “Because going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do.
“I’ve never been… I’ve only been to Woking a couple of times and I remember it weirdly distinctly.
“As soon as somebody reminded me of it, I went: ‘Oh yes, I remember that’.”
Ms Maitlis said Mrs Guiffre had been “very specific” about Andrew that night, claiming he was “profusely sweating” and that she went on to have a bath.
But the duke said there was a “slight problem” with that story – claiming he was unable to perspire at the time.
“I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don’t sweat or I didn’t sweat at the time,” Andrew claimed.
“…I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when I was shot at and I simply… it was almost impossible for me to sweat.”
He said it was only because he had “done a number of things in the recent past” that he was able to sweat again.
Andrew also said he had no regrets about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, but says it was wrong to visit the convicted sex offender in 2010 after he had been released from prison.
He said that his friendship with the paedophile gave him the ‘opportunity to meet people and help prepare for his role as a trade envoy.’
The duke said the whole episode had not been damaging to the Queen, only to himself, and that the wider royal family “couldn’t be more supportive”.
When asked by Maitlis if he regretted the “whole friendship with Epstein”, the duke replied: “Now, still not and the reason being is that 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.”
Additional Reporting by PA Media