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Media captionPrince Andrew on Epstein: ‘There was no indication, utterly no indication’
The Duke of York stands by his decision to take part in an interrogation about his link to imprisoned copulation convict Jeffrey Epstein, generators have told the BBC.
People close to Prince Andrew said he wanted to address the issues head-on and did so with “honesty and humility”.
It came after the prince’s interview with BBC Newsnight on Saturday was described as a “car crash”.
In the interrogation, the ruler disclaimed having fornication with a then 17 -year-old girl – Virginia Giuffre.
Six things we learned from Prince Andrew interview Who was Jeffrey Epstein ? Media captionMr Arbiter says “questions will be asked” in the palace about government decisions Prince Andrew ‘categorically’ disclaims sexuality claims Prince Andrew’s links to Jeffrey Epstein Prince Andrew ‘appalled’ by Epstein abuse claims Image caption Prince Andrew said this meeting with Epstein in 2010 was to end their relationship On the appointment Virginia Giuffre says he had sex with her – 10 March, 2001, “hes taken” his daughter to Pizza Express in Woking for a party before spending the nighttime at home He dismissed pretensions he was sweating profusely because he had a “peculiar medical condition” meaning he cannot sweat, brought about by an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War He had commissioned investigations into whether a photograph of him with Ms Giuffre had been faked, but they were inconclusive Speaking out about his relationship with the financier had become almost “a mental health issue” for him He would vouch under covenant about his relationship with Ms Giuffre if “push came to shove”, and his solicitors advised him to He was unaware of an arrest warrant against Epstein when he invited the financier to Princess Beatrice’s 18 th birthday defendant at Windsor Castle He did not sadnes his love with Epstein because of “the opportunities I was given to learn” from him about craft and business Image caption The duke was painted with his accuser in Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home in 2001