In a rare BBC interview, Prince Andrew addressed the accusations by Virginia Giuffre that she was sex trafficked to him by Jeffrey Epstein, saying that he did not recall ever meeting the woman. Giuffre was 15 at the time she claimed the sexual relationship with the prince happened.
Prince Andrew has previously denied the allegations, and the British royal family has also categorically denied that he knew Guiffre or was involved with any of Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking activities.
He described himself as regretful for continuing his friendship with Epstein after the accused predator’s previous conviction and jail sentence. “I kick myself for on a daily basis because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the Royal Family and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that,” Prince Andrew said in the interview.
The British royal was photographed with Esptein on the streets of New York City in 2010 and was also seen at Epstein’s mansion around that time. A former pilot for Epstein’s private jet also named the prince as someone who flew on Epstein’s plane and visited his private island where trafficked girls were allegedly kept.
The BBC story noted that it was odd that Prince Andrew had denied the allegations outright for years, and now only said he can’t recall ever meeting Giuffre.
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