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Prince Andrew BBC Interview: Six Things We Learned

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In an interview with Emily Maitlis of the BBC Newsnight, Duke of York, Prince Andrew gave details of his relationship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and addressed allegations about sex with a teenager.

Here are six things we learned from the interview.

1. He still doesn't regret being Epstein's friend

Prince Andrew has defended his relationship with Epstein before – including in August – two weeks after the disgraced financier took his own life while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking.

But in a BBC interview on Saturday night, the prince gave more details about why he "still" didn't regret his friendship.

He said meeting Epstein had "some seriously beneficial results" at a time when he left a career in the Navy and started one as a special representative of commerce and industry.

Prince Andrew said, "The people I met and the opportunities I had to learn, for him or for him, were really very helpful."

2. He met Epstein's ex-girlfriend this year

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York in 2005

Prince Andrew has always said that he met Jeffrey Epstein in 1999 through the then girlfriend of the financier Ghislaine Maxwell – a well-connected socialite.

Maxwell, daughter of the late newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell, has generally kept a low profile since complaints about Epstein began to emerge.

But the prince said he met her earlier this year before Epstein was arrested and charged with sex trafficking charges.

"She was here (in the UK) making a demonstration," said the prince.

He said they did not discuss Epstein during the meeting.

"There was nothing to discuss about him, because he wasn't on the news, you know, it was just … we had moved on."

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The prince emphasized during the interview that he and Epstein "were not so close."

The invitations Epstein received for events at Windsor Castle and Sandringham were in the funder's capacity as Maxwell's "one more", not as a friend by itself, he said.

3. Your reason for meeting Epstein in 2010 was & # 39; ending the friendship & # 39;

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Prince Andrew said this picture was taken on a walk where he told Epstein that the friendship was over.

Much of the interview focused on why the prince stayed with Epstein in 2010 following Epstein's conviction and arrest for soliciting and acquiring a minor for prostitution.

The prince said the visit was to explain to Epstein that their friendship was over.

He said he considered talking to Epstein by phone, but decided to meet him in person "to show leadership."

"I accepted the judgment because it was serious and I thought doing it over the phone was the way to make the chicken; I had to go see him and talk to him."

4. Being shot in the Falklands meant that he & # 39; stopped sweating & # 39;

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Prince Andrew returning from the Falkland War in September 1982

Maitlis asked the prince for his response to the allegations made against him by one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Giuffre (then known as Virginia Roberts). Giuffre said he met the prince in 2001 when he had dinner with him, danced with him in a London night club and had sex with him at Ghislaine Maxwell's house in Belgravia.

Maitlis pointed out that Giuffre's accusations were "very specific" and included that the prince was "sweating profusely".

The prince said a "problem" with Giuffre's story was that a medical condition meant he could not be sweating.

"I was not sweating at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an adrenaline overdose in the Falklands War when I was shot and I just … it was almost impossible for me to sweat," he said.

5. He wears a suit and tie on London nights

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A photo shows Prince Andrew with then Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre

Prince Andrew revealed that he had investigated whether a photo provided by Giuffre – or part of it – was false.

One of the reasons the prince gave was his costume. "I don't think it's a picture of me in London because … when I go out in London, I wear a suit and tie," he said.

"That's what I would describe as … these are my travel clothes … if I'm going abroad," he added.

"No one can prove whether this photograph was manipulated or not, but I don't remember it being taken," he said.

He also said he did not believe the photograph "was taken as suggested" because it shows the prince's hand on the woman's waist.

"I'm not the type to hug and public displays of affection are not something I do."

6. He was at Pizza Express in Woking

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Media CaptionPrince Andrew: 'Going to Pizza Express in Woking is something unusual for me'

The duke said that on the day Giuffre's accusations took place on March 10, 2001, he was not in London but "at home with the children."

He said he took his eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, to a party at a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking, around 4 pm or 5 pm.

"And then, because the duchess was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away, the other is there."

He added that he remembered the occasion "strangely distinctly" because it was one of the few times he had ever been to Woking, and going to Pizza Express was "something very unusual for me to do."

Prince Andrew & the Epstein Scandal: The Newsnight Interview aired on BBC Two on November 16, 2019 and can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer in the UK and the full interview can also be viewed on YouTube.

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