Unsealed Court Documents Reveal Allegations of “an Orgy” Involving Prince Andrew and Under-Aged Girls


Okay, team, it’s time to break down some ugly royal news. In case your royal knowledge is limited to the Fab Four, you’re not alone, but you may have missed the huge scandal involving Prince Andrew and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein allegedly died by suicide in August while in custody and awaiting his trial for charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. In the wake of his death, more and more information about his relationship with Prince Andrew surfaces each day, and a U.S. prosecutor says that Andrew isn’t cooperating at all in the country’s sex-trafficking investigation.

Here’s everything you need to know about Epstein and Prince Andrew’s connection, why Andrew just stepped down from royal duties, Princess Anne’s comments on the matter, why Andrew reemerged after three months, and Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest.

Sometime in 1999

Prince Andrew said he met Epstein for the first time in 1999 through Epstein’s girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell. From then on, their “paths crossed several times,” including when Prince Andrew flew to Epstein’s private island with him and when the royal invited Maxwell to a party at Windsor Castle in June 2000. Maxwell then invited Epstein as her plus-one, according to Prince Andrew.

Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell.

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August 2006

Epstein was charged with soliciting prostitution from a minor in 2006, the same year Prince Andrew invited him to Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday. (Prince Andrew said he didn’t know about “what was going on in the United States” at the time.)

December 2010

After Epstein served 13 months in prison, Prince Andrew met with him in Central Park. In a recent interview with BBC, the royal claimed he did so because he wanted to cut ties with Epstein. He claims he told the financier, “Look, because of what has happened, I don’t think it is appropriate that we should remain in contact.”

That said, he later stayed in Epstein’s mansion, which BBC asked him to elaborate on during an interview in November 2019. For Prince Andrew, it was apparently just a “convenient place to stay.” Interesting….

August 10, 2019

Legal documents related to Epstein’s case were unsealed on August 10, and according to The Guardian, they contain allegations that Epstein directed then-17-year-old Virginia Giuffre into sexual encounters with Prince Andrew, who was friends with Epstein. Court documents also contain a photo that shows Prince Andrew with his arm around Giuffre and Maxwell, a socialite who is accused of “procuring underage girls for Epstein” in the background.

The documents also show that another women, Joanna Sjoberg, claims to have had a sexual encounter with Prince Andrew because of his relationship with Maxwell and Epstein. A document filed in 2017 states, “Ms. Sjoberg also testified about sexual acts that occurred with her, Prince Andrew, and Ms. Giuffre, when she and [Maxwell] were staying at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.” Sjoberg also details an incident where Andrew groped her breast.

However, it’s worth noting that some of these accusations against Prince Andrew surfaced back in 2015, and at the time, the Palace vehemently denied any wrongdoing, stating, “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”

Furthermore, when asked if Andrew had any response to Epstein’s death, the Daily Mail reports that the Palace replied, “This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party.”

August 19, 2019

Buckingham Palace released a statement concerning the charges against Epstein. It said:

“The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

This was the first time the royal publicly acknowledged Epstein since he allegedly died by suicide.

November 16, 2019

In the previously mentioned interview with BBC, Prince Andrew addressed his relationship with Epstein and said he regretted being friends with him even after he went to prison. Admitting he let the royal family down, he explained:

“The problem was the fact that once he had been convicted, I stayed with him and that’s…that’s the bit that…that, as it were, I kick myself for on a daily basis. It was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices. I let the side down, simple as that.”

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Also, before the interviewer had to remind him that Epstein was a sex offender, Prince Andrew described his former associate’s behavior as “unbecoming.” Even more shocking, for some reason, he also thought being friends with Epstein after he went to prison for sex crimes was “the honorable and right thing to do.” Please do not ask me why! I am at a loss for words, honestly!

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Also in this interview, Prince Andrew responded to Giuffre’s claims that she was forced to have sex with him three times. He said, “I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

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Ultimately, Prince Andrew really just wants everyone to believe that he and Epstein “weren’t that close.”

November 20, 2019

Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties. According to royal correspondent Rebecca English, this will be the case “for the foreseeable future.” Prince Andrew also cited his “ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein” for interfering with the royal family. He added, “I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”

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November 21, 2019

Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer, Sigrid McCawley, commented on Prince Andrew’s step back from royal duties in a statement to People. McCawley said:

“Prince Andrew’s recent interview and his subsequent action to withdraw from public life is welcomed news. It is a positive first step toward taking responsibility for his actions. However, basing his decision to step away from his duties due to his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein is only a half truth. He clearly had a long-term association with Ghislaine Maxwell, who we maintain was Epstein’s co-conspirator and played a central role in devastating the lives of countless women.”

December 2, 2019

Giuffre gave an interview to BBC’s Panorama program and responded to Prince Andrew’s statements. In short, she thinks it’s a load of BS. She said, “I mean, come on. I’m calling BS on this because that’s what it is. He knows what happened. I know what happened, and there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me.” She also called on the people of the United Kingdom to support her and “fight this fight.”

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In response to Giuffre’s interview, Buckingham Palace released two statements. The first brought up Epstein’s alleged death by suicide and expressed sympathy for “those affected who want some form of closure.” In the second, the Palace maintained, “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

December 3, 2019

During a press conference, Trump was asked to comment on the ongoing scandal. Trump claimed he “doesn’t know” Prince Andrew and added, “It’s a very tough story.” That said, there are several pictures of the two being photographed together in June at Westminster Abbey.

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And here’s one from February 2000.

Trump, Knauss, & Prince Andrew At Mar-A-Lago

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December 7, 2019

The Daily Mail reported that Princess Beatrice had an engagement party scheduled in London but “had to change the date of her engagement party at the Chiltern Firehouse because of fears there will be too many photographers outside—looking for him [Prince Andrew].”

December 11, 2019

Prince Andrew’s ex-wife and current housemate, Sarah Ferguson, spoke with Vogue Arabia about how she thinks she and Meghan Markle have been through the same struggles. In that same interview, she said only three words about the scandal: “It’s incredibly difficult.” Vogue described her delivery as “blunt honesty that makes her thoroughly endearing; she has nothing to hide.”

December 12, 2019

In an appearance on the Today show with Matt Lauer, Sarah Ferguson defended Prince Andrew and called him a “humongously good man.” She said, “I won’t stand by, because I know what it feels like to have salacious lies made up about you….They are just shockingly accusatory allegations, which I don’t think is right.”

December 23, 2019

Although Princess Beatrice postponed her engagement party, which Prince Andrew actually didn’t attend because of this scandal, her father will reportedly still walk her down the aisle. A People source said, “I definitely think he will walk her down the aisle. He plays a very traditional role in her life. She’s his greatest supporter.” Uh, very interesting considering he didn’t go to the engagement party because it wasn’t a “good look.”

January 15, 2020

Giuffre tweeted about being abused and included a picture that featured Naomi Campbell. She wrote, “You saw me at your parties, you saw me in Epstein’s homes, you saw me on the plane, you saw me get my haircut, you saw me on the streets, you watched me be abused. You saw me!”

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In August, Campbell addressed her connection to Epstein after a Daily Mail article claimed she is “very rum chums” with “a hair-raising cast of characters” including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Campbell told the interviewer that Daily Mail’s story was a “direct character assassination” and explained, “Yes, I knew [Epstein]. I was introduced to him on my 31st birthday by my ex-boyfriend Flavio. He was always front and center at Victoria’s Secret fashion shows.” She said she didn’t know what he was allegedly doing and added:

“What he’s done is indefensible. When I heard what he had done, it sickened me to my stomach, just like everybody else, because I’ve had my fair share of sexual predators and thank god I had good people around me who protected me from this. I stand with the victims….They’re scarred for life. For life.”

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January 27, 2020

A top U.S. prosecutor has come forward and said that Prince Andrew has not been cooperating in the country’s sex-trafficking investigation against Epstein, even though Buckingham Palace said he would.

The Associated Press reported Monday that U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said prosecutors and the FBI had both contacted Andrew’s lawyers and asked to interview him, but “to date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation.”

January 30, 2020

Apparently, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles held an emergency meeting at the palace after a U.S. prosecutor alleged Prince Andrew hasn’t been cooperating with them.

A “royal source” said, “Both had hoped the Duke of York could perhaps be rehabilitated back into public life in time but that is now looking increasingly unlikely.”

April 10, 2020

After three months away from the public eye, Prince Andrew packed donations for hospice workers with Sarah Ferguson at their Windsor home and they later went to a facility to pass them out.

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(Prince Andrew did attend a memorial for Sir Malcolm Ross last month, but that wasn’t official business and was never publicly acknowledged by the royal fam.)

April 15, 2020

Princess Anne spoke with Vanity Fair about the difference between her eventual retirement and Prince Andrew stepping back from his official duties. She said:

“I don’t think retirement is quite the same [for me]. Most people would say we’re very lucky not to be in that situation because you wouldn’t want to just stop. It is, to a large extent, the choice of the organizations you’re involved with and whether they feel you’re still relevant. But I think both my father and my mother have, quite rightly, made decisions about, you know, ‘I can’t spend enough time doing this and we need to find somebody else to do it,’ because it makes sense. I have to admit they continued being there for a lot longer than I had in mind, but we’ll see.”

June 8, 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice requested Prince Andrew testify in the Epstein case and be interviewed by British authorities. But according to CBS News, Prince Andrew will likely “fight back against the request by having his legal team lay out all of its dealings with American law enforcement authorities.”

According to Reuters, Prince Andrew’s lawyer then released a statement that said:

“The Duke of York has on at least three occasions this year offered his assistance as a witness to the DOJ (Department of Justice). Unfortunately, the DOJ has reacted to the first two offers by breaching their own confidentiality rules and claiming that the Duke has offered zero cooperation. In doing so, they are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered.”

July 2, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI early Thursday morning in New Hampshire for her alleged involvement in “enabling, facilitating, or participating” in the abuse of several women and sex trafficking. Maxwell previously denied these accusations, and she is due in federal court today and in the coming week. (The Guardian later reported that Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.)

July 3, 2020

The Telegraph published a damning photo of Maxwell and Kevin Spacey, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple people, sitting on Queen Elizabeth’s and Prince Philip’s thrones in Buckingham Palace.

Prince Andrew’s team previously said he had no memory of the incident, but it’s suspected that he arranged the tour and invited Maxwell and Spacey into the throne room. According to a CNN reporter, this photo speaks to “the closeness of the relationship of Maxwell and Andrew” and their “entitlement” because sitting on the throne is “a big sign of disrespect” if you’re not the monarch.

July 4, 2020

As Maxwell prepares to go to federal court this week, former Epstein associate Steven Hoffenberg hinted at what could be ahead for her, and it sounds like she might spill everything. He told the New York Post:

“She’s going to be naming some big names—not only in terms of those who abused underage girls at Epstein’s parties but also those who made financial agreements with Epstein or benefited from his generosity, including flying on his plane and staying at his homes….She won’t be able to handle jail—and she’ll immediately start talking to try to get out of it.”

As far as who Maxwell will likely name, Hoffenberg believes she’ll discuss Bill Clinton, Trump, and Victoria’s Secret billionaire Les Wexner. Even though Prince Andrew’s name is all over this case, one of her associates, Laura Goldman, doesn’t think she’ll go there. “Andrew helped launch Ghislaine into the New York social scene when she was nothing after the death of her father,” Goldman said. “She always saw him as a real friend.”

July 5, 2020

Virginia Giuffre spoke to 60 Minutes about Maxwell’s remote court appearance in New Hampshire and smiled as she recalled “a very loud British woman screaming, ‘Why is this happening? How is this happening? How could this happen?’—and just crying her eyes out.”

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She went on to call Maxwell “the wicked one” and say, “This day to me has been, like, one of the best days of my life. I have not stopped smiling and crying happy tears….Prince Andrew should be panicking at the moment because Ghislaine doesn’t really care about anyone else but Ghislaine.”

July 6, 2020

Following reports that Prince Andrew is “deliberately evading authorities,” he reportedly canceled his annual golf trip in Spain after Maxwell was arrested because he’s “nervous” about leaving British soil during the U.S. investigation.

That same day, Maxwell was transferred to a Brooklyn federal detention center.

July 7, 2020

As the case against Maxwell intensifies, she recruited the help of Christian Everdell, the lawyer who took down Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. According to Everdell’s former supervisor in the Southern District of New York, Jennifer Rodgers, “He will of course do what is in the best interests of his client, but no doubt he will be talking to her about the benefits of becoming a cooperating witness,” which could mean convincing her to out Epstein’s associates.

Around the same time, inmates at the Merrimack County Jail in New Hampshire (where Maxwell was initially held) spoke to the press about her time in jail. This report comes from The Sun, so take it with a major grain of salt, but allegedly, everyone thought she was “a snooty rich b*tch,” and “nobody wanted anything to do with her.”

Meanwhile, Virginia Giuffre posted statements on Twitter encouraging victims and Epstein’s former staff “to come forward to help put the pieces of this tangled spider web in order.”

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July 14, 2020

According to the Associated Press, during a video court hearing, Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges that she recruited three girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 1997 and lied during a 2016 civil case deposition. Maxwell’s lawyers said she “vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence.”

July 31, 2020

Unsealed court documents revealed Maxwell was in contact with Epstein as recent as 2015 despite her lawyers’ claims that they hadn’t spoken in more than a decade. In the 2015 emails, which were sourced from a lawsuit filed by Giuffre against Maxwell, it’s evident that the two associates went by “jeffrey E” and “Gmax.”

Those same documents also included allegations from “Jane Doe 3” that matched Giuffre’s claims. NBC News reported that Jane Doe 3 stated she was “‘forced’ to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew on Epstein’s private island in what was described as ‘an orgy’ with numerous other under-aged girls.”

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