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- New charges against accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein brought his relationship with Britain’s Prince Andrew under renewed scrutiny.
- Allegations from women who say they had sexual contact with the Duke of York when they were underage in addition to his documented relationship with the disgraced financier have led to mounting suspicions Andrew was involved in the abuse reported among Epstein’s associates.
Prince Andrew’s relationship with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein came under renewed scrutiny in June 2019 as investigators pursued new trafficking and conspiracy charges against the disgraced financier.
The Daily Mail surfaced footage of the Duke of York at Epstein’s Manhattan home reportedly filmed in December 2010, after Epstein had faced jail time for underage prostitution charges and registered as a sex offender.
The footage is the latest in the nearly 20 years of documented contact between Andrew and Epstein, a time identified to have overlapped with Epstein’s alleged recruiting and eventual abuse of underage girls by him and his associates.
The Duke’s name was in Epstein’s "Little Black Book" and on flight logs for the financier’s plane. Buckingham Palace has never denied a friendship between Epstein and Andrew but has repeatedly denied he had sexual relations with any underage girls.
Here’s a look at the pair’s connections through the years.
Epstein and Andrew were reportedly introduced in the 1990s by Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s then-girlfriend and accused "madam."
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Epstein and Andrew were reportedly introduced in the 1990s by Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s then-girlfriend, The Guardian reported in 2015, and formed a close friendship through the late 90s and early 2000s.
The Daily Mail reported that in June 2000, Epstein and Ghislaine attended the Dance of the Decades, a massive celebration at Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen to mark Andrew’s 40th, Princess Anne’s 50th, Princess Margaret’s 70th, and Prince William’s 18th birthdays.
In the following years, the Duke reportedly hosted Epstein and Maxwell for shooting parties at Sandringham House, the queen’s country retreat in Norfolk.
Epstein also reportedly hosted the Duke, according to a sworn deposition by a former employee at his Palm Beach estate who said Andrew attended naked pool parties, where he regularly enjoyed massages by a harem of adolescent girls.
The duke publicly stood by Epstein through jail time and his registration as a sex offender.
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The Daily Beast reported in 2019 that Andrew was a regular guest at Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion, but was particularly a star guest at a dinner party around the year 2000, where Epstein called the prince "Andy," and was "clearly confident" in his presence among 16 other guests.
"He wanted to show how comfortable he was in his presence, and make clear that while he was a guest of honor, he was a regular, routine, and repeat guest," the source told the Daily Beast.
After Epstein was released from a 13-month prison sentence and registered as a sex offender in 2008, Andrew was a public fixture at his side as he made his debut back into society, including at a party that was reportedly also attended by the likes of Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos.
However, the Duke’s relationship with Epstein turned up some consequences for his standing among the British elite.
In 2011, Andrew was forced to step down after serving 10 years in his position as the special UK representative for trade after his friendship with Epstein sparked calls for him to resign.
Allegations against the Duke himself massively complicated his public relationship with Epstein.
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Virginia Roberts Giuffre said in 2011 that after she was recruited to give Epstein massages at 15 years old, she was trained as a prostitute for many of the financier’s friends, including the Duke.
Though Epstein wasn’t reportedly present, documents obtained by The Guardian in 2015 detailed that the sexual encounters took place when Roberts Giuffre was 17, and she was instructed to "give the prince whatever he required."
A 2015 report by the UK’s Daily Mirror quoted a 2014 joinder statement in which Giuffre said she had sex with Prince Andrew in a bath.
"Epstein’s purposes in ‘lending’ Jane Doe (along with other young girls) to such powerful people were to ingratiate himself with them for business, personal, political, and financial gain, as well as to obtain potential blackmail information," the court documents said.
Buckingham Palace officials told The Guardian at the time that the allegations were "false and without any foundation."
- Epstein died by suicide using his jail bed sheet while his guards slept, according to report
- Epstein’s last days were spent emptying vending machines with his lawyers in a private meeting room, avoiding suicide watch, and paying other inmates’ commissaries
- Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers blast ‘medieval conditions’ at federal jail where he died by suicide and say they are launching their own investigation