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Prince Andrew Gives 'No Holds Barred' Interview About His Ties to Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew Has Given A 'No Holds Barred' Interview About The Epstein Allegations

Though he admitted that visiting him was a mistake.

Andrew will apparently be confronted with allegations made by Epstein's "slave" Virginia Roberts that she was flown to London on the American's private jet, nicknamed the "Lolita Express", for sex with the prince.

The prince told interviewer Emily Maitlis he was in fact "at home with the children" on the March 2001 night in question, after earlier taking his daughter, Princess Beatrice, to a pizza restaurant.

Britain's Prince Andrew has said he does not remember meeting Virginia Roberts, one of disgraced USA financier Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims, who says she was forced to have sex with the royal.

Andrew also said that he "let the side down" over his relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein as he gave a "no holds barred" interview with BBC Two's Newsnight programme.

"This first came out in 2011.It was a surprise to all of us because the photographs were published at a different time to when I was there.as a family we discussed it", he said.

Virginia Roberts claims Epstein flew her to the United Kingdom to have sex with the prince.

Prince Andrew & the Epstein Scandal' airs on BBC 2 at 9pm on Saturday.

Prince Andrew also denied knowing anything about Epstein's crimes against underage girls prior to his conviction. "During the time I knew him, I saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year".

The prince faced uncomfortable questions over staying with Epstein at his Manhattan townhouse shortly after his release from prison, when he was captured on video waving goodbye to a woman at the front door.

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Members of the royal family normally never submit to on-camera grillings.

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Diana's interview was said to be the model for the Duchess of Sussex's emotional heart-to-heart with ITV's Tom Bradby last month about the impact of press intrusion on her life with Prince Harry and their son, Archie.

A photo that Giuffre said was taken in 2001 in a London apartment shows Prince Andrew's arm around Giuffre, with Maxwell standing in the background, according to The New York Times.

Royal insiders have revealed that the Duke of York insisted he was "not doing Newsnight" weeks before agreeing to his top aide's suggestion that he do the interview - which was yesterday branded a PR "disaster".

"I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened", Andrew said, referring to her claim that they had had sex.

Prince Andrew said he recalled that evening because he had gone to a pizza party that afternoon, which was " a very unusual thing for me to do". "It has been, what I would describe as a constant sore in the family", Andrew said, adding that the whole thing had become "almost a mental health issue that has been nagging at me".

Asked if he regretted the "whole friendship with Epstein", Andrew said: "Now, still not, and the reason being is that the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful".

The duke also denied having bought Ms Giuffre a drink.

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