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Prince Andrew alibi: ‘I took Beatrice to Pizza Express on night of Virginia sex claims’

The Duke of York added that he spent the remainder of the night at house with each his youngsters throughout a interval of depart from the Royal Navy. So he says he couldn’t have been dancing at a nightclub in London earlier than being intimate together with his accuser, who was then aged 17. In a TV interview, the Prince issued his first detailed public rationalization of his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – and a sequence of point-by-point denials of the allegations by Ms Roberts.

He advised the BBC Two Newsnight particular: Prince Andrew And The Epstein Scandal that he has “absolutely no recollection” of getting met Ms Roberts, who’s now a 35-year-old mom recognized by her married final title of Giuffre.

He additionally mentioned he has a medical situation – attributable to an overdose of adrenaline through the Falklands Conflict – that prevented him from sweating in any respect, slightly than “profusely” as his accuser claims.

Andrew mentioned he has “absolutely no memory” of the taking of {a photograph} purporting to indicate him together with his arm round Ms Roberts’s waist – a picture he believes might have been faked.

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Requested by interviewer Emily Maitlis about his actions on March 10, 2001 – the alleged date of his tryst with Ms Roberts – Andrew declared: “I’ve no recollection of ever assembly her.

“On that exact day… I used to be at house, I used to be with the youngsters and I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Categorical in Woking at, I suppose, kind of 4 or 5 within the afternoon. After which, as a result of the Duchess was away, we’ve a easy rule within the household that when one is away the opposite is there.

“I was on terminal leave at the time from the Royal Navy so therefore I was at home.”

Prince Andrew says he was taking Princess Eugenie for pizza on evening of intercourse declare (Picture: BBC)

In a sworn affidavit within the US, Ms Roberts has beforehand claimed she and Andrew danced at London nightclub Tramp and later had intercourse on the house of Epstein’s trusted buddy, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

The Newsnight presenter mentioned: “She was very specific about that night. She described dancing with you…” Prince Andrew interjected: “No,” however his interviewer continued: “and you, profusely sweating, and that she went on to have a bath possibly.”

The prince replied: “There’s a slight downside with the sweating as a result of I’ve a peculiar medical situation which is that I don’t sweat or I didn’t sweat on the time and that was….was it…..sure, I didn’t sweat as a result of I had suffered what I’d describe as an overdose of adrenaline within the Falklands Conflict after I was shot at and I merely…it was virtually not possible for me to sweat.

“And it’s solely as a result of I’ve performed a lot of issues within the current previous that I’m beginning to have the ability to do this once more.

“So I’m afraid to say that there’s a medical condition that says I didn’t do it. So therefore…”

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Prince Andrew doesn’t keep in mind the photograph of him and Ms Roberts being taken (Picture: PA / REX)

Of the notorious photograph, that purportedly reveals the Prince placing his arm round Ms Roberts’s waist with Ms Maxwell smiling within the background, the Duke of York insisted: “Again, I have no memory of that photograph ever being taken.”

Ms Maitlis mentioned: “Do you recognise yourself in the photo?”

Prince Andrew replied: “Yes, it’s pretty difficult not to recognise yourself.” Maitlis added: “Your friends suggested that the photo is fake.” The Duke mentioned: “I feel it’s…from the investigations that we’ve performed, you possibly can’t show whether or not or not that {photograph} is faked as a result of it’s a {photograph} of {a photograph} of {a photograph}.

“So it’s very difficult to be able to prove it, but I don’t remember that photograph ever being taken.”

Requested if his accuser is mendacity about their London tryst – in addition to others she claims came about at Epstein’s New York mansion and personal Caribbean island – the Duke of York responds: “That’s a really troublesome factor to reply as a result of I’m not ready to know what she’s attempting to attain.

“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.”

Andrew additionally denied allegations made in a sworn affidavit by one in every of Epstein’s former housekeepers, who advised attorneys that the prince visited the Wall Avenue tycoon’s property in Palm Seaside, Florida, round 4 instances a 12 months and loved each day massages throughout his stays.

Ms Maitlis requested pointedly: “Is there a chance that those massages might have been the services of someone who is being sexually exploited or trafficked by Epstein?”

Andrew mentioned: “No, I don’t think…I mean I…No, definitely not, definitely not and I definitely did not visit his Palm Beach house three or four times a year – absolutely not.”

Epstein, a convicted paedophile, was discovered useless in his US jail cell on August 10. Authorities dominated that the financier had killed himself, though his attorneys dispute this.

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They name it the masochism technique – subjecting your self to a grilling by one of many UK’s most combative interviewers. 

Within the fragmented world of reports, TV is probably the most trusted medium. The BBC is a world information model, so the selection of outlet is sensible.

However the timing is fascinating – why now and never when the scandal erupted? It’s not simply what you say, it’s whenever you say it.

The Royal Family has clearly determined the massive vacuum on this story was unsustainable and have tried to grab the agenda and management the narrative. Certified apologies solely make issues worse.

Prince Andrew talks of “letting the side down” however the public might need to see unqualified contrition and a recognition of how grave the problems on the coronary heart of this story are. On the centre of this story are query marks round character and judgment.

The palace will attempt to roll out third events within the coming days who will publicly vouch for the prince and his values.

He and his staff might want to spotlight and reinforce the work of his charitable belief.

The media race for Virginia Roberts’s story will go at breakneck pace. That’s one factor of this scandal the Royal Family can’t management.

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