Duke of York claims alibi in Emily Maitlis interview for Newsnight
The Duke of York claimed on Saturday night that he could not have had sex with a teenage girl in the London home of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell because he was at home after attending a childrens party at Pizza Express in Woking.
Prince Andrew gave the startling explanation in a bombshell interview with Emily Maitlis for BBCs Newsnight in which he was grilled about his relationship with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who has been exposed as a paedophile.
In a sometimes rambling and contradictory account of their friendship, which drew accusations of arrogance from viewers, the prince insisted he had not had sex with any women trafficked by Epstein in any of his properties. He confirmed that he had flown on Epsteins now notorious jet, nicknamed the Lolita Express, and stayed on his private island and at his home in Palm Beach, as well as at his New York mansion.
If youre a man it is a positive act to have sex with somebody, the prince explained. You have to take some sort of positive action and so therefore if you try to forget its very difficult to try and forget a positive action and I do not remember anything.
Referring to Epstein, who took his own life in his prison cell in August while facing charges of abusing dozens of underage girls, the prince said: Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming? Yes.
Asked if he had sex with Virginia Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, when she was 17, the prince categorically denied it ever happened.
Roberts has said that they partied at Tramp nightclub in London on 10 March 2001, before going back to Maxwells Belgravia house where she claims she had sex with Andrew.
The prince said: I was with the children and Id taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at I suppose four or five in the afternoon. And then because the duchess [Sarah Ferguson] was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other is there.