Prince Andrew to sit for BBC interview about Epstein claims

His Royal Highness, Duke of York, Prince Andrew, will be taking part in a ‘no holds’ interview regarding allegations of sexual misconduct set to air tomorrow on BBC Two at 21:00 GMT.

This is the first time the Prince has spoken publicly about his relationship with the billionaire. In 2015 Prince Andrew was named in court papers as part of a US civil case against Jeffrey Epstein.

Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre, said she was forced to have sex with the Duke between 1999-2002 in London, New York and a private island owned by Epstein.

According to Florida’s state law, Giuffre was under-aged at the time.

A second accuser, Johanna Sjoberg said Prince Andrew touched her breast while they sat on a couch in Epstein’s Manhattan apartment in 2001.

Buckingham Palace said they strongly denied the allegations against HRH.

“His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

A reporter at ABC news, Amy Robach, 46, said the palace tried to cover up a story she had ready on Prince Andrew three years ago in which she interviewed Virginia Giuffre.

Robach accused Buckingham Palace of pressuring editors. “We were so afraid we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and William and that quashed the story.”

The Prince is the third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. He is eighth in line to the throne behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan’s son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Words: Michelle Del Rey | Featured Image: Buckingham Palace