Today, for the first time since Jeffrey Epstein's death, Prince Andrew is speaking out about his former associate. A statement from Buckingham Palace released this evening states that the Queen's son is "appalled" by Epstein's alleged crimes.
It reads in full:
“The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. 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.”
The statement comes after a 2010 video of Prince Andrew inside Epstein's New York City home was published by the Daily Mail this morning. In the footage, the Duke of York can be seen waving to a woman from the door.
At the time when the video was reportedly recorded, Epstein was already a convicted sex offender, who had served 13 months in a Palm Beach county jail after pleading guilty to two prostitution-related charges.
Today's is the second comment issued by the royal family regarding Prince Andrew's relationship with Epstein this week.
Just one day before Epstein was found dead by apparent suicide, a number of legal documents relating to his criminal case were unsealed, one of which included allegations about Prince Andrew.
When asked about the allegations by NBC News, Buckingham Palace gave the following statement:
“This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which The Duke of York is not a party. Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”
That is the same statement given to the Daily Mail when its reporter asked if Andrew was going to comment on Epstein's death.
Last weekend, Prince Andrew was photographed traveling to church with his mother the Queen. The public appearance was interpreted by some as a symbol of the British monarch's support for her second son in the face of controversy.
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