The Project's Lisa Wilkinson takes a swipe at Prince Andrew after bombshell interview over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein
Lisa Wilkinson slammed Prince Andrew after he spoke publicly for the first time about his links to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.The Duke of York sat down with Emily Maitlis on BBC Newsnight over the weekend to break his silence on his links with the disgraced financier.
Virginia Roberts has said Ghislaine Maxwell should be arrested and that Prince Andrew belongs in jail - as she accuses the authorities of a cover up.
Ms Roberts, an alleged trafficking victim of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, claims she had sex with the duke three times when she was 17, which he strenuously denies.
She alleges that after dancing with Andrew at Tramp nightclub, they later had sex at mews house in Belgravia, owned by the duke's friend Ghislaine Maxwell, on March 10, 2001.
Adviser quit over Prince Andrew's decision to be interviewed
One of Prince Andrew's public relations advisers quit over the royal's decision to take part in an interview in which he would be quizzed about sex allegations, Sky News can confirm. Most of his advisers wanted him to do the interview, but one did not, Sky News has been told.Jason Stein resigned over the duke's decision to agree to the interview and it is understood he left two weeks ago by "mutual consent".When he spoke to BBC's Newsnight programme, the prince claimed he was in Pizza Express on a night he is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl - and suggested a photo of them together may have been doctored.
In a number of posts on her Twitter account today Ms Roberts agreed with other social media users suggesting the duo should face consequences from law enforcement.
In response to a post suggesting Prince Andrew should go to prison, she said: 'Well said - keep putting pressure on the authorities to hold each and everyone who participated, enabled or knew & did nothing accountable.
'No more charades, or games-time to start locking all the predators up!!!
'They put us in chains not it's their turn!'
Comment: Andrew had the chance to say it was a mistake - but he didn't
Inside the very heart of the British monarchy, in a room at Buckingham Palace, Prince Andrew for nearly 50 minutes answered the most intimate questions about his private life. © Rex Features A photo appearing to show Prince Andrew and a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts, allegedly taken at Ghislaine Maxwell's house in London in March 2001. Pic: Rex/Shutterstock The forensic questioning about whether he'd had sex with a 17-year-old girl was enough to make anyone squirm, let alone a member of our incredibly private Royal Family.
In another post that suggested Ghislaine Maxwell be arrested, she said: 'Amen to that!!!'
She also blasts claims the photo of her with Andrew's arm around her lower back isn't doctored or fake.
In the picture of Ms Roberts - now known as Mrs Guiffre - shows Andrew with his arm around her waist at Ghislaine Maxwell's house, who can be seen in the background of the image.
Ms Roberts said: 'It does have a date stamp - on the back. There are so many ways I could poke holes in their 'doctored photo' but I don't need to.
'I know it's real, the FBI know its real, journos who've seen it know its real. Can't wait to hear their next excuse.'
Prince Andrew's ex makes shock claims about Epstein
Prince Andrew's ex-girlfriend Lady Victoria Hervey has made shocking claims about Jeffrey Epstein having "hidden cameras" in his home, just days after Andrew was interviewed about Epstein. The socialite dated Andrew in 1999 but claims it wasn't until 2000 that she came into contact with Epstein, who was convicted of serious sex crimes before his death by suicide earlier this year.
It comes just a week after Prince Andrew's misguided attempt to repair his reputation and clarify his relationship with Epstein he was interviewed by the BBC's Emily Maitlis on Newsnight.
It went so badly the Queen was forced to step in and effectively fire him from public duties and the duke stepped back from all of his 230 patronages.
Now Buckingham Palace is bracing itself for yet further scrutiny as Ms Roberts is being interviewed on BBC Panorama this week. It will be broadcast on Monday next week.
Yesterday the Duchess of York's friends suggested Ms Roberts should face a TV 'grilling' similar to the one faced by Andrew.
A friend told The Telegraph: 'She [Virginia Roberts] should be properly cross examined and on all the evidence that doesn't stack up.
'She should be put on the rack. The BBC cannot drill him as they did, and just believe her, when there are lots of inconsistencies.'
In particular the friend of the duchess said the BBC should ask Virginia Roberts - now Mrs Giuffre - how much she had been paid for the photograph showing the Duke with his arm around her at the home of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Lawyer for Epstein victims: Prince Andrew 'should answer all questions'
A lawyer for victims of Jeffrey Epstein has said that his former friend the Duke of York should "answer all questions".Lisa Bloom was speaking after the duke announced that he is stepping back from his public duties for the "foreseeable future" following the fallout over his friendship with the disgraced US billionaire and paedophile.
The intervention may not prove welcome due to the demand to put Ms Roberts - an alleged victim of a paedophile and sex offender - under an intense media grilling.
The Duke of York's former wife Sarah Ferguson and daughter Princess Beatrice were among the key figures pressing him to go ahead with last weekend's car crash interview, it has been claimed.
The Duchess of York had been keen to end the speculation about Andrew's involvement with convicted paedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein ahead of Beatrice's wedding to property developer Edo Mapelli Mozzi next year.
Fergie is also believed to have been convinced that if the public could see the Duke – or 'my boy', as she is said to call him – talking in his own words about the scandal, they would be convinced that he was telling the truth.
Andrew's performance and its aftermath seem to have hit the Princess hard and she was tearful while hosting a party for her fiance's 36th birthday at the exclusive Mayfair nightclub Annabel's on Tuesday night.
One member of the Princess's circle said that what should have been a celebration was a solemn and awkward affair. Prince Andrew stepped down from Royal duties the following day.
Prince Andrew said he saw Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged 'madame', earlier this year. Here's what we know about her
With Jeffrey Epstein dead, prosecutors are focusing on his "co-conspirators". But a key figure has gone missing."Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein," US Attorney General William Barr said.
'Beatrice was sombre and make-up-free for the birthday dinner,' the source said.
'She was probably worried that her mascara would run. She seemed quite tearful at times. In fact, Beatrice has been in tears every day since the interview went out.'
Princess Beatrice is due to marry her partner Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi next year but royal biographer Christopher Warwick said the scandal would probably mean her wedding will be a much smaller affair than that afforded to her sister.
Mr Warwick said: 'I think - fairly or unfairly - it has cast a shadow over the York family but more broadly his stepping back from official duties has kind of lifted that shadow that was about to be cast over the whole royal family.'
During the BBC interview, Andrew denied claims he had sex with a 17-year-old girl, Virginia Roberts, but admitted he had 'let the side down' when he visited Epstein's home in New York – two years after the billionaire financier's conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
The duke was also attacked for what was seen by many as a lack of remorse over the friendship with the disgraced financier, who took his own life in prison earlier this year while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Pictures: The dark secrets of the British Royal family
THAT photo of Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts 'is 100% real' says her ex-boyfriend and the reporter who unearthed it eight years ago .
The infamous photograph of Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts in Ghislaine Maxwell's London flat is genuine and undoctored, according to two men.The infamous photograph of Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts in Ghislaine Maxwell's London flat is genuine and undoctored, according to two men who claim to have seen the original.