Prince Andrew was interrogated by journalist Emily Maitlis at Buckingham Palace on Thursday for BBC Two's The Epstein Scandal: The Newsnight Interview, which aired tonight. So far, Andrew – who vehemently denies allegations that he had sex with Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre (nee Roberts) at 17 – has only released statements prepared by the palace media team. Questions about the duke's relationship with Epstein resurfaced after the financier was charged with child sex trafficking crimes in the United States.
Epstein was in custody on these charges when he was found dead at 66 earlier this year.
Andrew broke all ties with Epstein in 2006 after he was convicted and arrested for requesting and acquiring a minor for prostitution. He didn't talk to Epstein again until 2010.
But in the middle of the television interview, Morgan, who has 6.9 million followers on Twitter, tweeted a blunt attack on the Duke.
He wrote: "This is one of the most amazing interviews I've ever watched.
Piers Morgan launched a startling attack against Prince Andrew
Brilliant Forensic Dissection by @maitlis – Prince Andrew's desperate and chilling bulls ***. Why the hell did he do that? Insane
Brilliant Forensic Dissection by @maitlis – Prince Andrew's desperate and chilling bulls ***.
“Why the hell did he do that? Insane."
The duke and Epstein were photographed together after Epstein was sentenced to 18 months in prison in Florida after admitting a charge of prostituting a girl under 18.
He said he did not "see, witness or suspect any behavior of the kind that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction."
Andrew was also photographed with his arm around Mme. Giuffre in London in 2001 when she was 17 years old. She claims she was coerced into having sex with royalty on three occasions.
Giuffre claims he was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with his rich and famous friends, but his allegations about the duke were dropped from court records in 2015 after a judge called them "immaterial and naughty."
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Piers Morgan described Prince Andrew's decision to be interviewed as & # 39; insane & # 39;
Maitlis indicated to the duke that Mme. Giuffre had made allegations against him.
She said, “She says she met you in 2001, she said she had dinner with you, danced with you at the Tramp Nightclub in London. She had sex with you in a house in Belgravia belonging to Ghislaine Maxwell, your friend. Your responsibility? "
Andrew replied, “I don't remember meeting this lady, none.
When Maitlis pointed out that Giuffre said he met him in 2001, the duke replied, "It didn't happen."
He added, "I don't remember meeting her, I'm almost, in fact, convinced that I've never been to Tramps with her.
"There are a lot of things wrong with this story, one of which is that I don't know where the Tramps bar is. I don't drink, I guess I never bought a drink at Tramps whenever I was there."
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The duke was questioned about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein by Emily Maitlis
During the interview, the Duke of York said he was indeed at home with his children the night he allegedly had sex with Giuffre, after taking Princess Beatrice to a birthday party at Pizza Express in Woking that afternoon.
He said, "No, I don't remember meeting her, I'm almost, in fact, convinced that I've never been to Tramps with her. There are a lot of things wrong with this story, one of which is that I don't know where the bar is. I don't drink, I guess I never bought a drink at Tramps whenever I was there.
“On that particular day which we now understand to be March 10th, I was home, I was with the kids, and I took Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party, I suppose like 4 or 5 in the afternoon.
“And then, because the duchess was away, we have a simple rule in the family: when one is away, the other is there. At the time, I was on leave from the Royal Navy, so I was at home. "
He said that a medical condition he contracted during his time in the Falklands War meant he could not sweat.
Prince Andrew joined a blunt attack on Piers Morgan's Twitter
He said, “There's a little problem with sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition: not sweating or not sweating at the time and that was… it was… it was… yes, I didn't sweat” the time I suffered what I would describe as an adrenaline overdose in the Falklands War when I was hit and just … it was almost impossible for me to sweat.
"And it's only because I've done a lot of things in the recent past that I'm starting to be able to do it again. So I'm afraid to say there's a medical condition that says I didn't do it, so …"
Andrew said in an earlier statement: "At no time during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the kind that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction."
Buckingham Palace said earlier: "Any suggestion of underage misconduct is categorically false."
"It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York has any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and unfounded."
A US Federal Court of Appeals has warned that allegations in court documents should not be construed as firm findings or as "some kind of reliability marker" because New York law grants absolute immunity to defamation liability.