The Duke of York’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein finally ended in acrimony after his spouse called the financier a “pedophile” and refused to retract the assertion.
Since the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein in June on costs of intercourse trafficking and conspiracy, alongside together with his death by suicide in federal jail in August, the friendships he shared with highly effective figures have come beneath elevated scrutiny.
One of essentially the most outstanding friendships was between Epstein and Prince Andrew, who stated in a assertion by means of Buckingham Palace that he met the late financier in 1999 and noticed him “sometimes and most likely not more than solely a couple of times a yr,” staying in multiple of the convicted intercourse offender’s residences.
Prince Andrew continued to see and be photographed with Epstein after his launch from jail, when he was convicted on two counts of soliciting prostitution from a minor. In August, the Daily Mail unearthed photographs of the prince at Epstein’s Manhattan residence in 2010.
Now, new particulars have emerged by means of Vicky Ward’s reporting for CNN on when and why the 2’s friendship petered out, which she concludes was within the spring of 2011.
Apparently, Epstein threatened authorized motion towards Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, after she referred to him as a pedophile in a assertion acknowledging and apologizing for accepting over $9,000 from the financier in 2011 to repay an worker she owed cash to.