Britain’s Prince Andrew is eight in line to the throne. — AFP pic
LONDON, Nov 17 — Britain’s Prince Andrew provoked a backlash right this moment following a rare TV interview by which he denied having intercourse with an alleged sufferer of the convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, as public relations specialists branded the hour-long alternate “disastrous”.
Queen Elizabeth II’s second son was lambasted from all quarters for his lack of judgement and empathy with the victims, his extraordinary defence that he was at a excessive road pizza restaurant, by no means sweated and declare that he solely stayed on the intercourse offender’s house as a result of he was ‘too honourable’.
The unprecedented interview was the primary time Andrew has answered questions on Virginia Robert’s allegations.
It was a PR gamble meant to clear his identify however in trying to justify his relationship with Epstein, Andrew appeared Sunday to have opened himself as much as even larger criticism.
Roberts, now Giuffre, claims she was pressured to have intercourse with the royal on three events—in London in 2001 when she was 17, in New York and on Epstein’s non-public Caribbean island.
PR guide Mark Borkowski mentioned the exchanges had been “like watching a man in quick sand” and that he had “never seen anything so disastrous”.
Meanwhile media lawyer Mark Stephens, who represented James Hewitt after his alleged affair with Princess Diana, known as the interview “a catastrophic error”.
“(He) seemed unconcerned by the seriousness of the matter, laughing and smiling at several points during the interview… and expressed no regrets or concern about Epstein’s victims,” added The Guardian.
“Not one single word of remorse,” screamed the entrance web page of the Mail on Sunday following the interview on the BBC’s Newsnight programme on Saturday night.
Andrew, 59, who’s eighth in line to the throne, has been dogged for years by critism of his hyperlinks to Epstein, who was discovered lifeless in a New York jail in August.
Giuffre, who alleges that Epstein abused her for years and farmed her out to his rich buddies, first made her allegations in opposition to Prince Andrew, who has repeatedly denied them, in a 2015 US civil courtroom deposition and has repeated them in more moderen TV interviews.
“I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” Andrew mentioned referring to her declare that they’d intercourse, including he had “no recollection” of getting met her.
The prince instructed interviewer Emily Maitlis he was actually “at home with the children” on the March 2001 night time in query, after earlier taking his daughter Princess Beatrice to a pizza restaurant.
He denied they’d shared a sweaty dance at a London nightclub on the idea he can not sweat as a result of a situation associated to having fought within the 1982 Falklands War.
And he mentioned an image displaying him together with his arm round Giuffre, with Epstein’s pal Ghislaine Maxwell within the background, was “a photograph of a photograph of a photograph”, hinting that it might have been doctored.
Epstein, a US multi-millionaire, pleaded responsible in 2008 to procuring a lady beneath the age of 18 for prostitution and served 13 months in a US jail earlier than being launched on probation.
A coroner dominated that he dedicated suicide by hanging whereas awaiting trial on federal prices he trafficked ladies as younger as 14 for intercourse.
Nonetheless Andrew, who had hosted Epstein at Windsor Castle, and remained involved after he was convicted, expressed little remorse for the friendship, telling Maitlis it had “seriously beneficial outcomes” unrelated to the controversies.
‘Convenient place to stay’
Jack Scarola, a lawyer for Giuffre, instructed The Times yesterday Andrew ought to “submit to an interview under oath with the investigating authorities” within the US who proceed to probe the Epstein scandal.
Andrew mentioned he would “in the right circumstances” however added he was “bound by what my legal advice is”.
The prince additionally confronted uncomfortable questions over staying with Epstein at his Manhattan townhouse shortly after his launch from jail, when he was captured on video waving goodbye to a lady on the entrance door.
A witness has described seeing Andrew getting a foot therapeutic massage from a younger Russian lady there.
He repeatedly insisted he was “not close” to the disgraced financier and that his house was merely “a convenient place to stay”.
Andrew additionally claimed he spent a number of days there to finish their friendship face-to-face—in an “honourable” means—however finally conceded it was “the wrong thing to do”.
“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,” he mentioned. — AFP