Queen’s Son Scolded For Friendship With Sex Offender Epstein

Jun 30 2011 | 4:34pm ET

Prince Andrew’s relationship with former hedge fund manager and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has earned him a stern talking-to from his mother.

Queen Elizabeth II and all of Buckingham Palace were not all amused by the phone call they received from the Mail on Sunday last February. The newspaper was about to publish a story that claimed the Duke of York, the Queen’s second son, was not only friendly with the unsavory Epstein, but that Epstein trained a 17-year-old as a prostitute and sent her to London explicitly to meet Andrew. Worse still, the Mail had a photo of the prince with his arm around the girl.

According to a Vanity Fair source, the Mail’s phone call “created a 36-hour maelstrom at Buckingham Palace. At some point during those 36 hours, the Queen summoned the Duke of York to a meeting.”

“The Queen asked Prince Andrew why he had consorted with someone like Jeffrey Epstein, whom the FBI had reportedly linked to about 40 young women, most of them underage,” VF reports. “More to the point, the Queen demanded to know if her son had any more surprises up his sleeve.”

At the scolding, the 51-year old divorcee Prince promised his mum that he hadn’t slept with the prostitute in question, Virginia Roberts, or any other members of Epstein’s harem. Roberts said she saw Andrew three times, and claimed to have been “sexually exploited” by an unidentified royal.

In addition, Vanity Fair reports that a sworn deposition by a former employee at Epstein’s Palm Beach, Fla., estate included the allegation that “Andrew attended naked pool parties and was treated to massages by a harem of adolescent girls.”

Epstein was released from a 13-month house arrest last year for two counts of soliciting prostitutes. He still faces a number of lawsuits filed by some of the 40 or so young women he allegedly paid to give him nude, sexually-charged massages, and a federal child-trafficking probe.


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