Prince Andrew Faces Big Consequences After Recent Interview

The British royal family does everything they possibly can to avoid any hint of scandal or impropriety. Obviously, given that they are arguably the most famous cast of characters in the modern world, this can prove to be difficult. Usually, any drama picked up by the press tends to slant towards the more mundane: feuds between princesses, the breaking of arbitrary royal traditions.

But Prince Andrew, son of Queen Elizabeth, has recently come under fire for allegations that are truly unsettling — not your typical press fodder. The Duke of York has been forced to address shocking accusations, all of which come back to his relationship with one despicable man.

He may not be next in line to the throne like his brother Charles, but that doesn’t mean Prince Andrew isn’t responsible for representing the crown and upholding the sacred image of the royal family. A duty which he failed so severely, it nearly cost him everything.

By now you’ve likely heard of the infamous Jeffrey Epstein, the American financier turned convicted sex criminal. Although Epstein allegedly committed suicide earlier this year, the after effects of his villainous crimes are still shocking the world.

Epstein has been accused of coercing underage girls into sexual relations with him and others, and authorities even charged him with running an international sex trafficking ring. Dozens of young women have come forward to share the trauma they experienced at his hands.

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Epstein has been associated with a slew of powerful men over the years, including Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Les Wexner, the founder of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company. Unsurprisingly, all have done their best to stay out of the picture and deny any wrongdoing.

Unfortunately for the royals, Prince Andrew is also among the associates known to have been close to Epstein. The two have been documented hanging together in multiple press photos, and the Prince was known to crash at Epstein’s mansion on visits stateside.

Apparently the two were so close that Andrew even invited Epstein to his daughter’s 18th birthday party — an event that took place while Epstein had an arrest warrant out on him for sexual assault of a minor.

One figure in particular has stepped forward to speak on the matter, and her statements cast huge clouds of suspicion on the prince. Her words are shocking, to say the least.

Virginia Giuffre, a 36 year-old American woman and mother of three, has publicly claimed that she met Prince Andrew through Epstein when she was just a teenager, and her words do not put the prince in a favorable light.

Giuffre claims that she was sex trafficked by Epstein and made to have sex with Prince Andrew not once, but three times. The worst part? The abuse allegedly began in 2001, when the girl was only seventeen years old.

As royals do, the Duke has disputed these claims repeatedly, but at first he’d merely hidden behind official statements issued by Buckingham Palace. More recently, he’s been forced to defend himself in a more drastic manner.

The prince decided to make a bold move and gave an interview on BBC in an attempt to gain control of the media narrative surrounding him. Apparently, the highly-anticipated interview was a whole six months in the making.

First of all, Andrew denied ever even meeting Giuffre. Well, at least to his recollection, of course. One piece of evidence that has come to light makes this highly unlikely, and people aren’t amused.

The really damning evidence that contradicts Andrew’s claim of plausible deniability is a picture that has been in wide circulation, a shot showing the prince with his arm around the waist of a much younger Giuffre, the woman he claims never to have met.

Andrew also delivered two odd alibis he believed exculpated him from blame. Unfortunately for him, the excuses were so bizarre that the public started looking at him with even more skepticism now.

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For one, he insisted that on the night Giuffres claims to have had coercive sex with him, he was elsewhere — at a Pizza Express with his daughter. Trip Advisor has since suspended online reviews for that particular location.

Even stranger, the prince claimed that due to a bizarre medical condition, Giuffre’s account of that night couldn’t be true regardless. Just when you thought the sordid tale couldn’t get any sicker…

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Giuffre has stated publicly that Andrew had been “raining sweat” before they had sex. We’re sorry for the imagery, really, but we promise it’s crucial to the story.

This is because, according to Andrew, after experiencing an overdose of adrenaline during his time in the Navy, he was left unable to sweat for years. This contradicted Giuffre’s account, but the medical evidence supporting this claim was iffy at best.

Throughout the interview, the prince also used strange and misguided language in speaking of Epstein. The terminology he used didn’t seem to align with the dark subject matters on which he was commenting.

For example, when asked why he chose to stay at the billionaire’s home even after he had been convicted of sex crimes, the royal said that it was “convenient” and that his actions had been driven by a “tendency to be too honorable.” Okay…

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The man continued to minimize Epstein’s actions, saying that regretted that his friend had conducted himself in an “unbecoming” manner. When the reporter reminded Andrew that Epstein was a sex offender, he had an interesting response.

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“Yeah, I’m sorry, I’m being polite, I mean in the sense that he was a sex offender,” he said. We’re not sure who he was being “polite” to, but this seemed like far from the right word to use in this situation.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, this interview was a complete media disaster. There wasn’t an outlet in the world that didn’t devote pages to the prince’s fumbling defense, and none of the coverage was favorable.

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Charlie Proctor, editor of the website Royal Central, perhaps said it best: “I expected a train wreck. That was a plane crashing into an oil tanker, causing a tsunami, triggering a nuclear explosion level bad.”

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The accusations surrounding the disgraced prince are horrifying to say the least, but it’s not the only time that the royal family has found itself at the center of an unflattering spotlight. Over the years, jaw-dropping photos have exposed their tumultuous history.

1. 1951: Future Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip recently welcomed their two children, Charles and Anne. The new family stands here with King George VI, the Queen Mother Elizabeth, and Elizabeth’s younger sister Margaret.

2. 1953: After the death of George VI a year earlier, his eldest daughter ascended to the throne and became Queen Elizabeth II. Philip, in turn, received the title of prince consort. Below, the couple waves to their subjects from Buckingham Palace.

3. 1960: A third royal child, Prince Andrew, arrived. The newborn enjoys a picnic with his parents and siblings during a holiday in Balmoral, Scotland. That’s right — that castle in the background was only their vacation home.

4. 1965: This Christmas photo depicts the Royal Family shortly after the birth of Elizabeth and Philip’s fourth and final child, Prince Edward. Their household grew livelier than ever, and the new generation of royals quickly endeared themselves to the British public.

5. 1971: Coming up on twenty years as monarch, Elizabeth greets onlookers with Edward, Andrew, and her niece Lady Sarah. They are headed to meet the rest of their extended family for a winter holiday at Sandringham House.

6. 1976: By this point, Elizabeth’s children are old enough to rebel a bit. Prince Andrew laughs at his mother from the second row as she nervously rides at the front of a cable car. Edward, seated next to her, looks a little bit more respectful.

7. 1977: This year marks Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee of 25 years on the British throne. She celebrated by visiting 36 different countries in the span of a few months, followed by a massive procession through London.

8. 1980: For Prince Charles, most of the 1970s were his “bachelor years.” He seemed more content to party and jump between girlfriends than seriously pursue marriage. Here, he sips a coconut drink in Bhubaneswar, India, but he wouldn’t stay a bachelor for long.

9. 1981: Incredible hype built up once Prince Charles announced that he would marry Lady Diana Spencer. The press dubbed the event “The Wedding of the Century,” and the public followed every aspect of the ceremony with fervor.

10. 1982: Diana and Charles had their first son, William. The new parents play with William in Kensington Palace, though they didn’t refer to him as William behind closed doors. Interestingly, their family nickname for the young prince was “Wombat.”

11. 1988: Four years earlier, Diana gave birth to her second son, Prince Harry. Far from shy of the many cameras around him, Harry sticks his tongue out from the Buckingham Palace balcony while Diana tells him to stop.

12. 1992: Below, Philip, Charles, Elizabeth, and the Queen Mother depart from Princess Anne’s wedding. However, 1992 was not an easy year for the family. In addition to a fire in Windsor castle, marital troubles sprung up for Elizabeth’s children.

13. 1995: Hurt by extramarital affairs and a 13-year age gap, Charles and Diana were separated throughout the early 1990s. However, they still attended official events together. They divorced a year later, though the greatest tragedy was yet to come.

14. 1997: The entire world went into shock with the news that Princess Diana died in a violent Paris car crash. Thousands of guests attended her funeral at Westminster Abbey, while millions more watched on television. Her sons were only 15 and 12 at the time.

15. 2002: More loss followed the royal family into the new millennium, though this instance was admittedly less shocking. The Queen Mother passed away at age 101. On a happier note, Queen Elizabeth reached her Golden Jubilee on this same year.

16. 2005: Prince Charles carried on an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles while still married to Diana, so Charles and Camila met controversy when they announced their engagement. As a result, they chose to marry in a civil ceremony instead of a royal wedding.

17. 2006: Now all grown up, Prince Harry decided to follow William into the military. As a Cornet in the famed Blues and Royals regiment, he stands at attention with his saber as Queen Elizabeth walks by. Still, he cannot help but crack a smile at his grandmother.

18. 2011: The Brits — and just about everyone else — went crazy for the next generation of royal weddings. Prince William married Kate Middleton, a classmate from the University of St. Andrews, and over 160 million people watched the lavish ceremony.

19. 2017: The Royal family celebrates the 91st birthday of Queen Elizabeth, who also became the longest-reigning British monarch a couple years prior. William and Kate’s young children, George and Charlotte, watch the fanfare with excitement.

20. 2018: Harry matched his brother’s fairytale wedding with one of his own. He married American actress Meghan Markle, best known from the TV show Suits. Meghan’s entry into the royal family is also notable because she is a woman of color.

21. Somehow, with all eyes on them, the Royal Family has managed to carve out somewhat normal lives for themselves. Ever annoy a sibling just because you feel like it? Prince Harry is teasing his older brother with a rather large boa constrictor. It’s all in good fun… unless you’re William.

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22. When Prince William and Duchess Kate aren’t holding down the fort in Kensington Palace, they like to escape royal life by going on a holiday. After welcoming Princess Charlotte, the two went skiing. Kate surprised William with a friendly snowball fight.

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23. They may not be blood relatives, but that doesn’t stop Kate and Meghan from gossiping like sisters while attending a tennis match with the rest of the family. What we wouldn’t give to hear what they’re talking about!

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24. Long before Kate was the Duchess of Cambridge, she was just plain-ol’ Kate Middleton. She wore silky dresses like the one below and took hackney carriages (taxis) from place to place with her baby sister Pippa.

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25. The future queen consort might be the coolest royal of them all. Not only is she holding her own on those roller skates, but she looks like she hasn’t aged. Talk about good genes.

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26. Prince Charles might be 70 years old, but this photo shows he’s still a schoolboy at heart. He’s been waiting seven decades to ascend the royal throne, but it doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon, so for now, this wall will have to do. Hang in there, Charles.

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27. This candid moment captured the Duchess of Cambridge catching the clumsy Countess of Wessex as she tripped while getting into the carriage. Good thing Kate caught her, otherwise that would have been a royal pain.

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28. Watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story has been like a real-life fairy-tale, and it’s only getting better. A photo like this really captures the dynamic relationship between the two. Find someone who looks at you like Harry looks at Meghan.

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29. Kate and William met while they were studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Who knows where they were going in this picture, but Kate sure does look annoyed with her beau. We feel you, Kate.

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30. Like we mentioned before, sports are a huge part of royal life. Unfortunately, the All England Club did not treat the Prince and Duchess well on this outing. The match must have been torturous to watch judging by their faces.

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31. Prince Harry has always been the goofball of the royal family. Here, it looks like he was participating in a charity event in place of — or without — his older brother Prince William. No worries, though: Harry made sure his brother was there in spirit.

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32. Kids are kids regardless if they have royal blood pumping through their veins. Look at little Prince Harry and Prince William enjoying a heart-pounding ride on the Nemesis at Alton Towers. We wonder if the brothers still ride roller coasters from time to time…

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33. And Princess Charlotte knows all too well that having royal blood doesn’t give her the power of endless energy. Being a royal kid is hard work, and it looks like it’s cutting into the princess’ nap time. Someone get her a royal blankey!

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34. Queen Elizabeth has sat on the British throne longer than any other monarch. That’s a long time in the public eye. Apparently, when the queen isn’t attending political affairs, she is outside catching snowflakes on her tongue.

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35. Kids love to stick their tongues out whenever a camera appears, too. Prince Harry might not be king, but he has always been the king of the silly-face pose. And he’s not alone. Even Princess Charlotte has been caught a time or two sporting this face to the cameras.

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36. Royal sunglasses must not be part of the event wardrobe protocol! Not even the duchesses’ fancy hats can block the sun from their eyes.

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37. Seeing how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting parents, it makes total sense that they have paternal and maternal instincts. It’s so endearing to see the pair interact with the youth of their country.

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38. Kate looks like she is having so much fun during her university days. She’s right in the middle of St. Andrews annual foam fight that welcomes new students. Even since college, Kate’s been a leader.

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39. Most people make this face when they meet Prince Harry, but he seems to be quite shocked himself. He better hold on tight to that tray of cupcakes before he accidentally throws them in the air.

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40. Curious from a young age, William was caught peeking up the skirt of the Prince of Whales during a fishing trip. We all know there are no fish up there, but William needed to check it out for himself first.

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41. A family that jokes together stays together, and William and Harry always make sure their family is in good spirits. Here they are in their younger days teaching the fam how to do the wave!

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42. A bit of healthy competition between brothers is totally normal. William and Harry weren’t afraid to put down the suits and roll around in the mud at their polo match. It got a little messy, to say the least.

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