- Prince Andrew has been accused of sexual misconduct in the past, and the accusations are now resurfacing because of documents related to the Jeffrey Epstein case.
- Buckingham Palace just published a statement directly acknowledging Jeffrey Epstein and the allegations against Andrew.
In light of Jeffrey Epstein's death by suicide and the increasing publicity around his connection to Prince Andrew, Buckingham Palace has now spoken out.
Here's a very brief rundown of what's going on: Jeffrey Epstein, as you've likely heard, was a convicted sex offender who was accused of sexual trafficking and died by suicide in his jail cell a week ago. During the Epstein case, legal documents were unsealed that contained allegations that Epstein "directed" a 17-year-old girl into "sexual encounters" with Prince Andrew (the age of consent in the United Kingdom is 16). And over the weekend, a video from 2010 was resurfaced by the Daily Mail that shows Prince Andrew inside Jeffrey Epstein's New York City home, waving to a woman from the door.
Obviously, this is all extremely concerning. So in a rare move, Prince Andrew has chosen to address everything publicly through a short statement from Buckingham Palace.
Here's what it says:
“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.”
This is the first time Prince Andrew has publicly acknowledged Epstein since his death. Initially, Andrew and Buckingham Palace kept even quieter about the accusations against the royal. A week ago, when NBC News asked the palace for a statement, this is what they were given:
“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.”
In short, it sounds like Prince Andrew is trying to stay as far away from the the Epstein scandal as possible.
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