Prince Andrew’s Jeffrey Epstein Interview Was a PR Disaster

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Britain’s Prince Andrew provoked some major backlash today following an extraordinary TV interview in which he denied having sex with an alleged victim of the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, as public relations experts branded the hour-long exchange “disastrous.”

Queen Elizabeth II’s second son was lambasted from all quarters for his lack of judgment and empathy with the victims, his extraordinary defense that he was at a high street pizza restaurant, never sweated and claim that he only stayed at the sex offender’s home because he was ‘too honorable’.

The unprecedented interview was the first time Andrew has answered questions about Virginia Robert’s allegations.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JULY 03: Prince Andrew, Earl of Inverness attends a garden party hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at The Palace Of Holyroodhouse on July 3, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It was a PR gamble intended to clear his name but in attempting to justify his relationship with Epstein, Andrew appeared Sunday to have opened himself up to even greater criticism.

Roberts, now Giuffre, claims she was forced to have sex with the royal on three occasions—in London in 2001 when she was 17, in New York and on Epstein’s private Caribbean island.

Giuffre has said she was trafficked to Andrew by his rich late pal and that the pair had sex after the prince was “sweating all over me’’ on a London dance floor.

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Prince Andrew attends the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images)

“I’m afraid to say there’s a medical condition that says I didn’t do it,’’ the 59-year-old divorced prince told the BBC on Saturday, as he continued to deny Giuffre’s claim, adding that he doesn’t even remember ever meeting the then-17-year-old.

The prince said his medical condition came from “an overdose of adrenaline’’ that his body produced during the Falklands War in 1982.

Newsnight's Emily Maitlis said she understood the Queen herself had given her approval for the interview to go ahead.

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Prince Andrew at on June 17, 2016 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Getty Images)

Writing in The Times newspaper, she said it seemed the Queen was “on board” for the interview, after Prince Andrew had sought approval from “higher up”.

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