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US News Prince Andrew's regret over TV interview: Duke of York tells friends he wishes he'd expressed his 'great sympathy' for paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's victims in his disastrous BBC grilling

08:30  18 november  2019
08:30  18 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Andrew had the chance to say it was a mistake - but he didn't

  Andrew had the chance to say it was a mistake - but he didn't Andrew had the chance to say it was a mistake - but he didn'tInside 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.

'Forensic' BBC Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew , 59, aired on Saturday. Prince Andrew told friends he ‘ regretted ’ not ex - pressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein ’ s victims in The Duke of York insisted he had ‘ great sympathy ’ for anyone abused by his late paedophile friend , and had

Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great sympathy ' for paedophile Jeffrey The former royal press officer added: ‘ He may argue that he has done nothing wrong, so why should he ? Pictured Prince Andrew in the BBC interview .

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo showing the Duke of York , speaking for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis. © Mark Harrison/BBC/Press Association Images For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo showing the Duke of York , speaking for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis.

Prince Andrew told friends he ‘regretted’ not ex-pressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims in his disastrous TV interview.

The Duke of York insisted he had ‘great sympathy’ for anyone abused by his late paedophile friend, and had been in the dark about the ‘extent of his wrongdoing’.

It came amid a widespread backlash at Andrew’s apparent lack of remorse in the ‘make or break’ interview on BBC’s Newsnight programme, which backfired spectacularly and led Epstein’s victims – who include Virginia Roberts – to demand a personal apology from the duke for his appalling misjudgment.

'Disastrous' and 'excruciating': Reaction to Prince Andrew's interview

  'Disastrous' and 'excruciating': Reaction to Prince Andrew's interview "Disastrous" and "excruciating" are just some of the words being used to describe an unprecedented interview given by Prince Andrew to address his friendship with American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York was grilled on the BBC's Newsnight about his links to the convicted paedophile, who died in prison earlier this year, and allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.

Prince Andrew told friends he ' regretted ' not ex - pressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein ' s victims in his disastrous TV interview . The Duke of York insisted he had ' great sympathy ' for anyone abused by his late paedophile friend , and had been in the dark about the 'extent of his wrongdoing'.

Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great sympathy ' for pedophile The study undertaken by Britbox, new streaming service created by BBC and ITV. David Tennant topped the list closely followed Martin Clunes and Sir David Jason.

Video: Prince Andrew denies having sex with teenager, saying he took daughter for pizza in Woking (The Guardian)

Andrew told friends yesterday: ‘I regret that I didn’t make it clear in the interview that I have great sympathy for anyone who was abused by Jeffrey Epstein. 

'When I said I was shocked I thought that was implicit. In 2010 none of us had any idea of the extent of his wrongdoing.’

A source close to Andrew told the Mail: ‘Of course, the duke deeply regrets his friendship with Epstein. 

Gallery: Jeffrey Epstein's network: Who's who in his circle (USA Today)

Ghislaine Maxwell wearing a black shirt: Inner circle: Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's former girlfriend

'As a father, he totally condemns any exploitation of vulnerable young women. He supports the victims and says that it is right that they now have the opportunity to tell their stories and seek justice.’ 

Duke of York 'lacking in compassion' for Epstein's victims

  Duke of York 'lacking in compassion' for Epstein's victims The Duke of York is "utterly lacking in compassion" for the victims of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Those are the words from a lawyer acting for five of those victims a day after Prince Andrew spoke publicly for the first time about allegations surrounding his friendship with the disgraced American.The Duke of York was interviewed on the BBC's Newsnight about his links to the convicted paedophile, who died in prison earlier this year, and allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.

Prince Andrew ' s TV interview with the BBC once again dominates many of the newspapers. Image caption Monday' s Sun also reports that Prince Andrew told his mother, the Queen, that his TV interview The duke said he had " great sympathy " for anyone abused by Epstein , the paper says.

Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great sympathy ' for paedophile Jeffrey Epstein ' s victims in his It's rare - but real: Doctors back-up Prince Andrew ' s claim that it is possible to develop medical condition that prevents sweating.

Yesterday it appeared Andrew’s Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis on Saturday had backfired.

Lawyers in the US said it had left the women, many of whom were in their early teens when they were groomed and abused, with ‘more questions than answers’ and demanded he now tell all to the FBI. 

Attorney Lisa Bloom described the interview given by the Queen’s son as ‘deeply disappointing’, saying: ‘He is entitled to deny allegations and defend himself. But where is his apology for being so closely associated with one of history’s most prolific paedophiles?

Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a suit and tie: Prince Andrew told friends he ‘regretted’ not ex-pressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims in his disastrous TV interview. The Duke of York insisted he had ‘great sympathy’ for anyone abused by his late paedophile friend, and had been in the dark about the ‘extent of his wrongdoing’ © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Andrew told friends he ‘regretted’ not ex-pressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims in his disastrous TV interview. The Duke of York insisted he had ‘great sympathy’ for anyone abused by his late paedophile friend, and had been in the dark about the ‘extent of his wrongdoing’

‘The lengthy interview lacked any statement that he joins all decent people in being appalled and revolted by what we now know about Jeffrey Epstein’s predatory behaviour.’

What the papers say – November 18

  What the papers say – November 18 The front pages are dominated by a sit-down media interview given by the Queen’s second son on his relationship with a sordid character.The Times reports the duke is standing by his decision to give the interview to the BBC, Metro calls him the “Duke of Porkies” and The Daily Telegraph says the Queen “did not give blessing” for the media opportunity.

Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great sympathy ' for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein ' s Editors gave him such tasks as hanging out at Abbey Road, taking pictures of emerging bands —scruffy Northern louts likely to come to nothing.

Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great sympathy ' for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein ' s victims in his disastrous BBC grilling . BEL MOONEY: My heart breaks for the Queen after Prince Andrew ' s TV interview .

Their anger comes as:

Sources close to Andrew have acknowledged his decision to speak so publicly about the case was a high-risk strategy.

The prince has been castigated for visiting Epstein after he was released from prison in 2010 following a jail term for child sex offences and admitted that it was ‘not something becoming of a member of the Royal Family’.

But he has always rejected the claim by Epstein’s most high-profile victim, Virginia Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre – that he had sex with her three times, twice when she was just 17 and once around her 18th birthday.

a woman in a blue shirt: The prince has always rejected the claim by Epstein’s most high-profile victim, Virginia Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre (pictured) – that he had sex with her three times, twice when she was just 17 and once around her 18th birthday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The prince has always rejected the claim by Epstein’s most high-profile victim, Virginia Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre (pictured) – that he had sex with her three times, twice when she was just 17 and once around her 18th birthday

The prince says he doesn’t even remember meeting her, despite the existence of a photograph showing him with his arm around the teenager’s bare waist alongside Epstein’s girlfriend and alleged ‘madame’ Ghislaine Maxwell, a friend of his.

Lawyers urge Duke of York to speak to US police about Epstein case

  Lawyers urge Duke of York to speak to US police about Epstein case Andrew has been widely criticised over Saturday’s interview with Emily Maitlis.Andrew’s appearance on BBC’s Newsnight programme to deny allegations he had sex with an underage teenage girl and explain his friendship with the convicted sex offender, has drawn widespread condemnation but the duke is said to being standing by his decision to put his side of the story.

Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great sympathy ' for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein ' s Prince of Wales celebrated his 71st birthday in Mumbai earlier this week. Marked the milestone with a small event attended by local schoolchildren.

Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great sympathy ' for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein ' s He recalled going through 'all the emotions of the horrific event - shock and anger and everything', but said he 'never felt disconnected' from his

The programme saw him claim that, on the day Miss Roberts claims he had sex with her he had taken his daughter to Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey, for a party before spending the night at home.

He also dismissed claims he was sweating profusely during their encounter because he had a ‘peculiar medical condition’ meaning he cannot sweat, caused by his experiences in the Falklands War.

Andrew also claimed he had commissioned investigations into whether a photograph of him with the young women had been faked.

Jeffrey Epstein wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Jeffrey Epstein's police mugshot © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jeffrey Epstein's police mugshot

More controversially, however, he said he did not regret his friendship with Epstein because of ‘the opportunities I was given to learn’ from him about trade and business.

He also revealed he believed he been acting ‘honourably’ in flying to New York to tell Epstein personally that he could no longer have anything to do with him, although admitted that ‘in hindsight’ this had been a mistake.

Explosive exchanges 

Prince Andrew: ‘Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming? Yes.’

Emily Maitlis: ‘Unbecoming? He was a sex offender.’

EM: ‘Do you regret the whole friendship with Epstein?’

a man wearing a suit and tie: In an image released by Newsnight yesterday Andrew looked terse and sombre as he spoke for the first time in a TV interview about his relationship with Epstein, who was seen with after he was jailed in the US for prostituting minors © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In an image released by Newsnight yesterday Andrew looked terse and sombre as he spoke for the first time in a TV interview about his relationship with Epstein, who was seen with after he was jailed in the US for prostituting minors

PA: ‘Now...still not and the reason being is that the people I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.’

Palace denies claim Prince Andrew used n-word in meeting

  Palace denies claim Prince Andrew used n-word in meeting Buckingham Palace has denied claims by a former Downing Street aide that Prince Andrew used the n-word during a meeting at Buckingham Palace. Sky News understands that the palace has written a legal letter to the Evening Standard over allegations made in the newspaper by columnist Rohan Silva, who was an adviser to former PM David Cameron.

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Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great sympathy ' for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein ' s victims in his disastrous BBC grilling . BEL MOONEY: My heart breaks for the Queen after Prince Andrew ' s TV interview .

PA: ‘It would be a considerable stretch to say that he [Epstein] was a very, very close friend. But he had the most extraordinary ability to bring extraordinary people together and that’s the bit that I remember.’

PA: ‘I stayed with him and that’s the bit that...I kick myself for on a daily basis because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the Royal Family and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that.’

EM: ‘Am I right in thinking you threw a birthday party for Epstein’s girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, at Sandringham?’

PA: ‘No, it was a shooting weekend.’

Lisa Bloom wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Attorney Lisa Bloom described the interview as ‘deeply disappointing’, saying: ‘He is entitled to deny allegations and defend himself. But where is his apology for being so closely associated with one of history’s most prolific paedophiles? © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Attorney Lisa Bloom described the interview as ‘deeply disappointing’, saying: ‘He is entitled to deny allegations and defend himself. But where is his apology for being so closely associated with one of history’s most prolific paedophiles?

EM: ‘A shooting weekend?’

PA: ‘Just a straightforward, a straightforward shooting weekend.’

EM, referring to the prince’s stay at Epstein’s New York home in 2010 after he was released from prison: ‘You were staying at the house...of a convicted sex offender.’

PA: ‘It was a convenient place to stay... I’ve gone through this in my mind so many times. At the end of the day, with a benefit of all the hindsight that one can have, it was definitely the wrong thing to do. But at the time I felt it was the honourable and right thing to do and I admit fully my judgement was probably coloured by my tendency to be too honourable but that’s just the way it is.’

Alleged Epstein victim calls on Prince Andrew to speak to US law officials

  Alleged Epstein victim calls on Prince Andrew to speak to US law officials A woman who claims to have been trafficked and abused by billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has called on Prince Andrew to speak to US law officials. She did not make allegations against Prince Andrew directly, but said the duke and "any others who are close to Epstein should come forward and give a statement under oath on what information they have".The unnamed woman spoke at a press conference in Los Angeles alongside lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents a number of alleged victims of the disgraced billionaire.

Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great The photo that won't go away: Analysis of the infamous image of Prince Andrew with Jeffrey Epstein ' s teenage 'sex slave' that Duke of York insists he 'can't recall' posing for.

Prince Andrew ' s regret over TV interview : Duke of York tells friends he wishes he ' d expressed his ' great sympathy ' for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein ' s victims in his She posted a photo of the pair of them from a few years ago, wishing her many happy returns and drawing a heart over it.

EM: ‘It might seem a funny way to break off a friendship – a four-day house party of sorts with a dinner.’

PA: ‘That’s a very stark way of putting it. Yes you’re absolutely right. But actually the truth of it is that I actually only saw him for about... the dinner party, the walk in the park and probably passing in the passage.’

Undated BBC handout photo showing the Duke of York , speaking for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis. © Mark Harrison/BBC/Press Association Images Undated BBC handout photo showing the Duke of York , speaking for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis.

EM: ‘Why would you remember a Pizza Express birthday and being at home?’

PA: ‘Because going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do.’

EM: ‘She [Virginia Roberts] was very specific about that night. She described dancing with you. You profusely sweating.’

PA: ‘There’s a slight problem with the sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don’t sweat or I didn’t sweat at the time.’

PA: ‘I am not one to, as it were, hug, and public displays of affection are not something that I do.’

EM: ‘For the record, is there any way you could have had sex with that young woman or any young woman trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein in any of his residences?’

PA: ‘No and without putting too fine a point on it, if you’re a man it is a positive act to have sex with somebody...it’s very difficult to try and forget a positive action and I do not remember anything.’

EM: ‘Would you be willing to testify or give a statement under oath if you were asked?’

PA: ‘If push came to shove and the legal advice was to do so, then I would be duty bound to do so.’ 

As Buckingham Palace reeled from the fall-out of Saturday night’s bruising 50-minute interview, Gloria Allred, a prominent US lawyer representing many of Epstein’s victims, told the Mail yesterday that Andrew must now volunteer to be interviewed by the American authorities investigating Epstein’s crimes. 

BT and universities cut ties with Andrew after Epstein interview

  BT and universities cut ties with Andrew after Epstein interview BT and three Australian universities have joined the list of organisations distancing themselves from Prince Andrew after his interview about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Telecoms giant BT was a corporate sponsor of the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), which develops workplace skills. Prince Andrew is the patron and the award's website links to the duke's own site.BT told Sky News it was "reviewing" its relationship and may continue its work "in the event of a change in their patronage".

PRINCE Andrew ' s bombshell interview has been blasted as a "car crash" as viewers slam the royal having no Prince Andrew was slammed by viewers for his 'lack of empathy' in his interview . Ms Maitlis grilled Prince Andrew on whether he had any regret or shame about his friendship with the

She said: ‘Prince Andrew has said that the reason that he went to see Jeffrey Epstein in person after Epstein’s conviction was that he wanted to tell him that he could not be in contact with him anymore and that telling him in person rather than on the telephone was the right and honourable thing to do.

File photo dated 190/5/2019 of the Duke of York who has spoken for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, which will be broadcast by the BBC on Saturday. © Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images File photo dated 190/5/2019 of the Duke of York who has spoken for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, which will be broadcast by the BBC on Saturday.

‘I think that the right and honourable action for him to take now is for him to volunteer to be interviewed by the FBI and prosecutors who are still conducting a serious and intensive investigation into who may have knowingly conspired to assist Mr Epstein in recruiting,or assisting the sex trafficking of underage girls to Mr Epstein.

‘Andrew said he would follow the advice of his lawyers on this decision. If he has nothing to hide and has committed no crime, then why doesn’t he just make the decision to share what he does know about Epstein and his close associates or employees with the FBI?

‘Anyone, no matter if he is a prince or a pauper, should provide information that he or she may have to law enforcement if that might assist in a criminal investigation.’

The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: ‘You can’t have a relationship with someone like Jeffrey Epstein for over ten years and not come out without some stain on your character.’ One more sympathetic royal adviser said he thought Andrew had been ‘incredibly brave’ to put himself up for ‘fifty bloody minutes of relentless questioning’.

File photo dated 07/09/19 of the Duke of York, in his role as colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before laying a wreath at the Charles II memorial in Bruges. The Duke has spoken for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, which will be broadcast by the BBC on Saturday. © Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images File photo dated 07/09/19 of the Duke of York, in his role as colonel of the Grenadier Guards, before laying a wreath at the Charles II memorial in Bruges. The Duke has spoken for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, which will be broadcast by the BBC on Saturday.

‘I don’t think he has been given enough credit for that but it was a big ask to put someone under the spotlight like that. It was badly executed,’ they added.

But sources close to the prince said he felt he had no choice but to address the issue that has dogged him for the last ten years.

One said: ‘He did an extraordinarily brave thing addressing head-on some very personal questions. The interview wasn’t scripted in the way that a politician’s interview can be. It was very raw. The duke felt he needed to personally address the two issues he is constantly being challenged about: did he have sex with Virginia Roberts and why did he visit that man Epstein in 2010?

‘He was incredibly clear on those two points. No he did not, and yes, visiting Epstein was a mistake.

Gallery: A look inside Jeffrey Epstein's real-estate portfolio (Business Insider)

Jeffrey Epstein smiling for the camera:    Jeffrey Epstein owns an expensive real-estate portfolio that   has played a major role in the sexual-abuse allegations against   him.      He was arrested on July 6, 2019, on suspicion of      sex trafficking minors in his Manhattan and Florida homes     from around      1999 to 2005.      The sexual abuse is said to have taken place in Epstein's   homes in      New York, New Mexico, the US Virgin Islands, and Paris,     France.            Visit Business     Insider's homepage for more stories.       Though Jeffrey Epstein went to great lengths to keep his life   private, one thing he couldn't keep under wraps was his expensive   real-estate   portfolio.     Epstein's real estate has played a major role in the ongoing   sex-trafficking and sexual-abuse allegations against him. He was   recently arrested on July 6, 2019 on suspicion of    sex trafficking minors in his Manhattan and Florida homes   from around 1999 to 2005, according to the    Daily Beast. The arrest comes over a decade after Epstein   pleaded guilty to    solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for   prostitution and served 13 months in prison.    The sexual abuse is said to have taken place in Epstein's homes   in    New York, New Mexico, the US Virgin Islands, and Paris,   France.          Read more:        Prosecutors want to seize financier Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan   mansion where they say he trafficked teenage girls for sexual   encounters       To the public's knowledge, he currently owns five luxury   residential properties: a multimillion-dollar mansion in   Manhattan, a private island in the US Virgin Islands, a home in   Palm Beach, Florida, a ranch in New Mexico, and an apartment in   Paris, France.

‘The duke has put his side of the story across. He wasn’t lying. You can’t lie about something like that in those circumstances and if you were going to, you wouldn’t put yourself forward like that... It would be a stupid thing to do.

‘At some time you have got to give the guy a break and say he has done his level best to put himself out there, and if the interview had been conducted perfectly, then it would probably be fake.

‘Even at its worst, what he did in 2010 was an error of judgment. He lost his job [as a trade ambassador], he moved on and has done nine years solid work since.

‘He heard the message that he needed to speak and speak from the heart. It was a very tough thing for him to do, he is glad he did it.

‘It was a huge risk. But it had to be done. He just hopes this will now allow him to focus on his charities and initiatives.’ 

BT and universities cut ties with Andrew after Epstein interview .
BT and three Australian universities have joined the list of organisations distancing themselves from Prince Andrew after his interview about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Telecoms giant BT was a corporate sponsor of the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), which develops workplace skills. Prince Andrew is the patron and the award's website links to the duke's own site.BT told Sky News it was "reviewing" its relationship and may continue its work "in the event of a change in their patronage".

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