Prince Andrew is likely sorely regretting choosing a convicted sex offender to be among his close circle of ten thousand men, according to sources close to other sources close to the lesser royal.
Attention has been drawn to the Duke of York after The Mail on Sunday published footage that claimed to show him inside the financier’s Manhattan mansion in 2010 – two years after Epstein’s first conviction.
From the privileged safety of his mother’s castle in Windsor he told press: “Look, it’s well known that I have got ten thousand men. With such a large number of close buddies, I can’t help it if one or two turn out to be bad eggs, can I?”
“And yes, I know he was convicted in 2008 of procuring a minor for prostitution, and I know I was photographed in his mansion, and there’s that awkward photo of me with a teenage girl draped over me, but these are all just coincidences. As I’ve said before – the extent of my involvement with Jeffrey Epstein was just to march him up to the top of a hill and then march him down again, like the other nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine of my pals.”
He concluded “I’m not responsible for what he does in the privacy of his own home am I? Even if I was actually present at the time.”
A Buckingham Palace statement said: “The Duke of York deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”
Prompting many to point out that if the Royal family are against the exploitation of human beings maybe they should have a good hard look at Britain’s colonial past and offer a few apologies.
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, took his own life in a jail cell last weekend while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges in New York.
Which is fortunate for Donald Trump, as it saved him plunging himself further towards bankruptcy by hiring a couple of hitmen to do the job, which was his initial response to the embarrassing news that his close friend was on trial.