Now Reading
Prince Andrew Says He ‘Let the Side Down’ When He Stayed With Jeffrey Epstein, Does Not Remember Meeting Teen Accuser

Prince Andrew Says He ‘Let the Side Down’ When He Stayed With Jeffrey Epstein, Does Not Remember Meeting Teen Accuser

The Duke Of York Hosts A Reception At The World Economic Forum

Prince Andrew said in a new interview that it was wrong for him to have stayed at the Manhattan townhouse of Jeffrey Epstein after the financier had served time for soliciting a minor for prostitution.

The Duke of York was confronted about the 2010 visit to Mr. Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion during an interview with the BBC.

It followed the August publication of photos and video from Prince Andrew’s stay with Mr. Epstein, a convicted pedophile at the time, by The Daily Mail.

“That’s the bit that, as it were, I kick myself for on a daily basis because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family,” Prince Andrew, 59, said. “And we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, as simple as that.”

The Duke Of York Visits The Great Yorkshire Show
Prince Andrew, Duke of York visits the showground on the final day of the 161st Great Yorkshire Show on July 11, 2019 in Harrogate, England. Organiser’s of the show this year have revealed that overall entries for the three-day show are higher than in any previous years. The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural event and is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The YAS support and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and funding scientific research into rural affairs. First held in 1838 the show brings together agricultural displays, livestock events, farming demonstrations, food, dairy and produce stands as well as equestrian events. The popular agricultural show is held over three days and celebrates the farming and agricultural community and their way of life. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

When asked by Emily Maitlis why he stayed in the house of a convicted sex offender in a pre-recorded interview, understood to have been the result of six months of negotiations with the royal household, Andrew described it as a “convenient place to stay.”

He said: “I’ve gone through this in my mind so many times but at the end of the day with the benefit of all the hindsight that one can have it was definitely the wrong thing to do but at the time I felt it was the honorable and right thing to do.”

“I admit fully my judgment was probably colored by my tendency to be too honorable but that’s just the way it is.”

The Duke Of York Attends Mother London Alone After The Queen Withdrew From Public Engagements This Week
Prince Andrew, Duke of York visits Mother London on March 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

Prince Andrew said he had “no recollection” of ever meeting Virginia Giuffre, the woman who claims to have been coerced into having sex with the royal by Epstein.

See Also
Prince Andrew The Duke Of York Visits The Great Yorkshire Show

He said he regretted remaining friends with the financier after he was found guilty of sexual offenses: “I stayed with him and that’s … that’s … that’s the bit that … that … that, as it were, I kick myself for on a daily basis because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family, and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that.”

NEW IN THE SL SHOP

DISCLAIMER: We only feature things that we love. If you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale.

Support Socialite Life when you shop on Amazon using this link or when you click any of our affiliate links. You won’t have to go to the store, and we’ll receive a little commission.

Copyright ©2021, MJP Content Labs, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Scroll To Top