The Jeffery Epstein scandal has landed at Buckingham Palace. Prince Andrew is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth–and he’s right in the middle of a tabloid storm that has the Royal Family scrambling.
Born in 1960, Prince Andrew–also known as the Duke of York–is a decade younger than Charles. Royal biographers are quite to point out that he was the over-indulged younger son who grew up to be a rakish playboy.
Sounds a little like Harry, doesn’t it? However, unlike his nephew, Andrew struggled to shake off that playboy lifestyle.
Andrew was married to Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson until 1996. They had two daughters, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice. Their split was tabloid fodder for years; seriously, if you think the press has a problem with Duchess Meghan, you should see how they treated Fergie.
To be fair, she’s done plenty to generate negative press, including getting caught in 2010 selling access to her ex-husband for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Although Andrew and Fergie have been divorced for over 2 decades, they remain close. Like, weirdly close.
However, right now some gossips are saying that Andrew and his ex can’t even stand to be in the same room together. That’s because of Andrew and Fergie’s (alleged) relationship with Jeffery Epstein.
How were the Duke and former Duchess of York mixed up with Epstein? As far as we can tell, Ghislaine Maxwell (the British socialite who was reportedly Epstein’s right-hand woman and possibly his madam) introduced Prince Andrew to Jeffery Epstein in the late 90s.
The two men were photographed in 2010 looking chummy, 2 years after Epstein had been released from prison. He served 13 months after pleading guilty to a felony charge of soliciting a minor.
The following year, Fergie borrowed almost $25,000 from Epstein to help offset her massive debts. She has since issued a public apology about borrowing the money.
Immediately following Epstein’s arrest–and unlike many other high-profile men who had been associated with him–Andrew said nothing about his relationship with Epstein.
The British Royals are well-known for closing ranks and keeping mum in the face of a scandal–keep calm and carry on, right?–but eventually, they had to issue some kind of statement.
On August 24, an official press release from Buckingham Palace stated that Andrew barely new Epstein, but that it was a “mistake and error” to have associated with him at all.
Andrew’s statement also claimed that, although he had had slumber parties at several of Epstein’s properties, he never saw anything illegal or suspicious taking place.
Unfortunately for him, the receipts keep piling up. We’ve seen pictures, video, flight logs, and other detailed evidence to prove that Andrew and Epstein were much chummier than the Royal Family would like us to think.
It’s possible that Andrew’s abrupt resignation from his post as an international trade envoy in 2011 was a direct result of his relationship with Epstein. In 2015, Edward was named in a lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims that she was kept as a sex slave by Epstein from the age of 15.
The disgraced prince reportedly hosted Epstein, Maxwell, and their entourage of wealthy men and young models at Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s Scottish retreat. Epstein and Maxwell also attended a party at Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen in 2000.
The year before, Andrew flew on Epstein’s private jet from the US Virgin Islands to Florida–presumably from Epstein’s private island.