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Prince Andrew BBC interview – what occurred on the Newsnight particular

Prince Andrew BBC interview – what happened on the Newsnight special


PRINCE Andrew took half in a bombshell interview with Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis on November 16 during which he complained that the Jeffrey Epstein saga had change into a “fixed sore” for himself and his household.

The prince, who has now been stripped of all royal duties, stated he had “no recollection” of ever assembly Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the girl who claims she was made to have intercourse with him as a teen. Right here’s what occurred within the BBC interview.

The Duke of York, talking for the primary time about his hyperlinks to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis

What occurred within the interview?

In the course of the interview Prince Andrew denied he slept with Virginia Giuffre, certainly one of Epstein’s victims, on three separate events, twice whereas she was underage.

He stated one encounter in 2001 didn’t occur as he spent the day together with his daughter Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Categorical in Woking for a celebration.

What did Andrew declare about his sweating downside?

The identical alleged sexual liaison, which the American Virginia Giuffre stated started with the royal sweating closely as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually unsuitable, the Duke stated.

It is because, he claimed, he had a medical situation on the time which meant he didn’t sweat.

Virginia Roberts, pictured with Prince Andrew, has branded his denials 'appalling'
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What did he say about friendship with Epstein?

He twice said his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein had offered “significantly useful outcomes”, giving him the chance to satisfy individuals and put together for a future position as a commerce envoy.

He solid doubt on the authenticity of an image that seems to point out Andrew together with his arm across the waist of Mrs Giuffre, when an adolescent.

The royal stated: “From the investigations that we’ve finished, you may’t show whether or not or not that {photograph} is faked or not as a result of it’s a {photograph} of {a photograph} of {a photograph}. 

“So it’s very tough to have the ability to show it however I don’t do not forget that {photograph} ever being taken.”

He expressed remorse at making contact with Epstein in 2010 – flying to New York to say in individual the friendship was over – after the 66-year-old had been launched from an 18-month jail time period for prostituting minors.

However Maitlis highlighted how he spent a variety of days with him at his residence, and the way he was visitor of honour at a cocktail party she stated celebrated Epstein’s launch.

What’s the response to the Newsnight particular?

Not good in any respect.

The interview has been broadly criticised with commentators questioning his responses and condemning his unsympathetic tone and lack of regret for the friendship with the intercourse offender.

It has been condemned,even by royalists. 

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty journal, instructed BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme that within the wake of the interview, Andrew may discover himself out of the core Royal Household, if experiences are appropriate that the monarchy can be slimmed down when the Prince of Wales turns into king.

Public relations and disaster advisor Mark Borkowski stated concerning the interview: “I’ve by no means seen something so disastrous. For any college students of PR that’s how to not do it.

“It was like watching a person in quicksand and sadly, I don’t assume anybody would have thrown him a line to get him out.”


What has Andrew stated concerning the interview?

The BBC has reported sources near the Duke as saying he stands by his resolution to set the document straight about his relationship with the disgraced financier – and counter allegations he slept with certainly one of Epstein’s groomed youngsters.

Conflicting experiences within the newspapers, additionally primarily based on sources, declare Andrew instructed the Queen his tv look on BBC’s Newsnight programme was a hit, whereas one other says he expressed to buddies remorse at not mentioning sympathy for the ladies trafficked for intercourse by Epstein.