Interview with Prince Andrew’s accuser set for broadcast

Interview with Prince Andrew’s accuser set for broadcast

Panorama’s interview with an alleged Jeffrey Epstein victim who claims she slept with Prince Andrew when she was a teenager is to be broadcast today.

The BBC One investigative programme entitled The Prince And The Epstein Scandal has been extended to run for an hour.

It will feature Virginia Giuffre’s first UK television interview.

Ms Giuffre will tell her story and reveal new details about her time with Epstein, the BBC said.

Reporter Darragh MacIntyre will also examine Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged role in Epstein’s prolific sex offending.

Andrew’s attempts to defend himself against Ms Giuffre’s accusations and explain his friendship with Epstein, a convicted paedophile, in a BBC Newsnight interview were branded a “car crash” and led to him withdrawing from public duties.

He was widely criticised for failing to show remorse for his association with the disgraced financier or empathy with Epstein’s victims during his television appearance.

The Duke of York’s Newsnight interview (Mark Harrison/BBC)
The Duke of York’s Newsnight interview (Mark Harrison/BBC)

He has resigned from a large number of patronages and seen organisations he was once involved with sever ties.

Ms Giuffre claimed in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was aged 17, below the state’s age of consent.

Andrew strenuously denies the claims, and Buckingham Palace has branded the allegations “false and without any foundation”, stating: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the duke was “categorically untrue”.

Ms Giuffre alleges the duke slept with her on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage.

During his Newnight interview, the duke said an alleged encounter with Ms Giuffre in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter, Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party.

The Duke of York leaving his home in Windsor, Berkshire, the day after he stepped down from royal duty (Steve Parsons/PA)
The Duke of York leaving his home in Windsor, Berkshire, the day after he stepped down from royal duty (Steve Parsons/PA)

Ms Giuffre alleged the duke sweated heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp.

But Andrew said he had a medical condition at the time, after suffering an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when he was shot at, which meant he did not sweat.

Epstein killed himself in August in a New York prison while he was being held on sex trafficking charges.

The programme will air on BBC One tonight at 9pm Irish Time.

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