Drama As Evidence Proving Prince Andrew Lied About Meeting Underage Girl In Jeffery Epstein's Mansion Emerges

Prince Andrew did stay at Jeffrey Epstein's New York mansion during a trip when it is alleged he slept with a trafficked teenager, the Daily Mail can reveal for the first time.


Contradicting his car crash TV interview, sources have confirmed the Queen's second son was indeed a guest at the pedophile tycoon's Manhattan home in April 2001, raising questions about his other recollections of the time.

Andrew, 60, told Newsnight's Emily Maitlis last year: 'I wasn't staying there. I may have visited but definitely didn't, definitely, definitely no, no, no activity.'

But a Mail investigation has discovered both the duke and a Scotland Yard bodyguard did spend a night at Epstein's townhouse, the largest in the city.

It was during this three-day trip to the United States that the prince's accuser, Virginia Roberts, alleges she slept with the father-of-two for a second time after a previous encounter in London – claims the duke has always vehemently denied. 

Well-placed sources have confirmed Andrew stayed at Epstein's £60million home on the final night of his pre-Easter visit to the US in 2001 'to save taxpayers' money'. But the insiders stressed that neither Epstein, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell nor Miss Roberts was at the property at the time.

An official itinerary seen by the Daily Mail shows that the duke spent the first night of his US trip at the residence of the British consul general in New York, then flew to Boston for 24 hours, before returning to New York where he slept 'at a private address'.

That address was Epstein's home near Central Park, the sources have confirmed.

Our investigations have also uncovered a gap of a few hours set aside in New York for what was called 'Private Time' in the duke's confidential tour itinerary.

Andrew has not been able to explain what he was doing during this time but Miss Roberts and another Epstein 'masseuse' have both said they met him in the city.

Miss Roberts, now a mother of three living in Australia, claims she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with the duke on three occasions in 2001, including in New York around Easter that year, when she was 17.

Andrew strongly denies all her allegations and says he cannot even recall meeting her, despite the pair being apparently pictured together at Miss Maxwell's London home on March 10, 2001.

When asked by Miss Maitlis on Newsnight about Miss Sjoberg's Spitting Image account, the prince seemed to concede that he might have visited the property. Andrew told her: 'I probably did¿because of what I was doing I was staying with the consul general which is further down the street on Fifth so I wasn't¿I wasn't staying there. I may have visited but definitely didn't, definitely, definitely no, no, no activity'

When asked by Miss Maitlis on Newsnight about Miss Sjoberg's Spitting Image account, the prince seemed to concede that he might have visited the property. Andrew told her: 'I probably did…because of what I was doing I was staying with the consul general which is further down the street on Fifth so I wasn't…I wasn't staying there. I may have visited but definitely didn't, definitely, definitely no, no, no activity'

The duke is alleged to have had sex with Miss Roberts in New York at the same time he was accused of a bizarre groping incident involving a 'Spitting Image' puppet and another young female at Epstein's mansion.

The other woman, Johanna Sjoberg, has not alleged any improper conduct by Andrew.

When asked by Miss Maitlis on Newsnight about Miss Sjoberg's Spitting Image account, the prince seemed to concede that he might have visited the property.

Andrew told her: 'I probably did…because of what I was doing I was staying with the consul general which is further down the street on Fifth so I wasn't…I wasn't staying there. I may have visited but definitely didn't, definitely, definitely no, no, no activity.'

Details of how the prince gave an inaccurate account of his New York sleeping arrangements during his bumbling BBC interview follow a major investigation by this newspaper into the claims made against him by Miss Roberts. 

Today we reveal the key findings from our probe into Andrew's trip to the city. This includes:

How confidential official documents reveal the duke had made provision for three hours of 'Private Time' – around the time he allegedly bedded Miss Roberts at Epstein's home;

How neither of his two Scotland Yard bodyguards on the trip nor his equerry, are able to provide an alibi for this part of his schedule;

An unprecedented, hour by hour reconstruction of the duke's reputationally disastrous three-day trip to New York and Boston, including references to official letters, itineraries, and flight times;

How the duke requested the use of a Bentley in New York;

How key new sources have questioned whether the duke attended all his scheduled appointments on the trip;

How a Scotland Yard bodyguard insists that Epstein, Maxwell and Virginia had left New York for the tycoon's private island in the Caribbean when the duke stayed at his pedophile friend's place on the third night of the trip.

On Saturday – in the first part of our exclusive four-part series on the case – we exposed new doubts over the prince's extraordinary 'alibi' that he was at a party at Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey on the day he allegedly first slept with Miss Roberts in London. We revealed that according to a family diary, the duke had booked a manicure at home on the afternoon he says he dropped off Princess Beatrice at the party and that neither she nor the party hosts can recall if he attended.

But our investigation also raised questions about the accuracy of Miss Roberts' claims that she went clubbing in London with the duke that evening and her description of the bathtub where she says they later had sex.

The Mail asked Andrew's spokesman a series of questions about his trip to New York in April 2001 and the allegations made by Miss Roberts.

A spokesman for the duke said: 'It would not be appropriate to comment on any of these matters.'

Miss Roberts's representatives in New York have not responded to repeated requests to comment. 

Monday, April 9, 2001, saw a day of extreme weather across New York City. Lowering skies, thunder, lightning, and hailstones 'the size of dimes', one observer noted. It would prove a suitably sulfurous and doom-laden backdrop to the arrival in town that lunchtime of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, aboard British Airways Flight 175 from Heathrow.

The limousine of his choice was waiting at JFK airport to whisk His Royal Highness to Her Majesty's Consul General's palatial residence, just yards from Central Park. This would be the Duke's sleeping quarters for the first night of a three-day working visit to the United States' eastern seaboard.

Long in the planning, the official schedule went 'like clockwork', one of his party recalls. Alas, a royal spanner was to find its way into those works. The Duke had made a number of personal arrangements to fit around his formal duties. Once in Manhattan and left to his own devices, the cumulative evidence suggests it had not taken long for Andrew to put himself in a compromising situation, which has caused serious harm to his reputation.

An important element of that evidence, which can be revealed by the Mail today, are the two words which appear on the confidential and — until now — unpublished official itinerary which was faxed from royal offices in London to the consul general's team four days earlier.

They indicate the Duke's intentions for the five hours between 1.45pm, when his plane touched down at JFK, and 6.45pm, when he was to leave the Residence to go to a formal dinner.

Those two words are 'Private Time' — lasting from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Given the date and location and the serious allegations made against him, this otherwise innocuous phrase is now loaded with significance, if not danger.

A modern-day Mephistopheles

What happened during those 'private' hours? The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) would certainly like to know. The whole world would like to know. It is an international cause célèbre.

The Queen's second — and some say favorite — son had always liked the Big Apple. While often brusque with and suspicious of strangers, and jealous of his own hereditary status and entitlements, Andrew enjoyed escaping from the intense scrutiny, formality, and protocol which surrounded him in Commonwealth countries.

But he had a particular reason to look forward to this trip: his burgeoning friendship with an obscure but extremely generous and laid-back Wall Street billionaire named Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein happened to own the biggest townhouse in Manhattan. Covering seven floors and 28,000 square feet of the Upper East Side, the mansion's comforts and facilities were even more extensive and considerably less stuffy — among its decor, prosthetic breasts wobbling on the bathroom walls — than those of the consul general's residence.

Five years divorced from Sarah, the Duchess of York, and nearing the end of a not undistinguished military career, this midlife Duke — aged 41 — was about to enter a new epoch, alone. With the impending retirement from the role by the Duke of Kent, Andrew had been anointed by his mother to become the UK's next Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.

Sources say he felt he needed to find a mentor, well versed in what was — to him — the alien world of big business; someone outside the Buckingham Palace 'yes, sir, no sir,' bubble', as one acquaintance describes it.

What he got was not a guide, but a modern-day Mephistopheles.

It would be an understatement to say that his Epstein connection came back to haunt Andrew.

The relationship — and all it allegedly entailed — would eventually see the Duke banished from public life and facing demands, as he does today, to submit to Department Of Justice questioning in a sensational case which sprang from the pedophile Epstein's voracious appetite for underage girls.

The Duke is not a suspect in their inquiries, as far as the Mail is aware, but the U.S. authorities believe he is a potentially vital witness in their investigation into Epstein and others' criminal activities.

Epstein would be jailed in 2008 after admitting he had procured two such girls for the purpose of prostitution. Having secured a secret 'sweetheart deal of the century' with federal prosecutors, the financier served only 13 months, much of which was spent on day release.

But the claims of his accusers — of whom there were dozens — would not go away. The case was reopened and in July 2019 Epstein was rearrested on suspicion of further pedophile-related offenses.

On August 10, 2019, while on remand in New York, he hanged himself in his prison cell. Epstein is now beyond the reach of public accusations and criminal investigation. His former friend, the Prince, is not. And in Virginia Roberts he faces one of Epstein's abused victims and an accuser of singular determination and desire to see him brought to some kind of official account.

She claims that the Duke had sex with her on three occasions after she had been trafficked for that purpose by Epstein, twice while she was still aged 17.

The Duke of York emphatically denies having had any sexual relations with Miss Roberts or any minor. His advisers brief that he will be exonerated and able to return to public life. That remains to be seen. His stock currently remains in the basement.

But in a forensic investigation over several months, the Mail has uncovered never-before-seen documents, heard multiple new testimonies, and thrown new light and detail on crucial episodes.

We have examined the gaps, contradictions, and lack of recall in the Duke's narrative as well as the consistency of Miss Roberts' own so far widely accepted claims; not least their thus-far unexplained variances and anomalies which inevitably would be severely tested if ever presented in a court of law.

On Saturday, in the first part of this series, we examined the particulars of their first alleged encounter, in London on Saturday, March 10, 2001.

We exposed troubling questions over the Duke's alibi for his movements that day, in particular regarding his supposed trip to drop his eldest daughter Beatrice off at a party held in the Woking branch of Pizza Express.

We also spoke to witnesses whose testimony throws new light on claims he and Miss Roberts had danced at Tramp nightclub, before returning to Ghislaine Maxwell's Knightsbridge mews house, where an infamous picture was taken of the pair of them — a picture which the Duke's supporters feel could be fake.

Today, we move on to their second alleged encounter, during the Duke of York's visit to the United States in April 2001, and new findings as tantalizing as they are troubling.

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