by Alexander Robertson And Joel Adams, Daily Mail:
- Prince Andrew sent an email to Ghislaine Maxwell to say he had ‘specific questions’ about Virginia Roberts
- Correspondence took place on January 3, 2015, days after Andrew had been named in US court documents
- Buckingham Palace had been alerted to the fact that Miss Roberts intended to speak publicly about lawsuit
- She broke down in tears in BBC interview as she said she was trafficked by Andrew’s friend Jeffrey Epstein
- Referring to alleged sexual encounter, she said: ‘He wasn’t mean or anything but he got up and said “Thanks”‘
Prince Andrew faced fresh humiliation last night as it was revealed he sent an email to Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell at 5.50am to let her know he had ‘specific questions’ about Virginia Roberts.
The BBC Panorama investigation uncovered a 2015 email which suggests he asked for Maxwell’s help in responding to Miss Roberts’ claims he had sex with her when she was 17 and a trafficked ‘sex slave’ of Epstein.
As part of the email, the prince asks Maxwell: ‘Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts,’ causing her to respond: ‘Have some info. Call me when you have a moment.’
The correspondence took place on January 3, 2015, days after Andrew had been named in US court documents submitted by Miss Roberts as part of her defamation lawsuit against alleged pimp Maxwell.
Andrew had been alerted to the fact that Miss Roberts intended to speak publicly about the lawsuit to British and US media outlets, potentially spurring the prince to reach out to his friend Maxwell for help.
The following day, Buckingham Palace issued a dramatic and, at that time, unprecedented denial of Miss Robert’s allegations in the January 4 edition of the Mail On Sunday.
The duke insisted during his own BBC interview last month that he has no memory of meeting Miss Roberts, saying: ‘I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.’
In excruciating detail last night, Miss Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, alleged she was ‘grossed out’ by dancing with the sweat-soaked royal and felt sick at realising she was expected to have sex with him aged 17.
The Duke of York sent an email to Ghislaine Maxwell at 5.50am in 2015 to let her know he had ‘specific questions’ about Virginia Roberts after elements of the allegations came to light
The BBC Panorama investigation uncovered the email which suggests he asked for Maxwell’s help in responding to Miss Roberts’ claims he had sex with her when she was 17 and a trafficked ‘sex slave’ of Epstein
In moving and at times tearful interviews on Monday night, Virginia Roberts also said she is ‘calling BS’ on ‘ridiculous excuses’ from ‘people on the inside’ which seek to rubbish her claim of having had sex with Prince Andrew while a teenager trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, adding, ‘because that’s what it is’
Virginia Roberts is pictured leaving her home in Australia today, shortly after her Panorama interview aired on BBC One, during which she aired fresh details about her apparent sexual relations with Prince Andrew
Buckingham Palace issued a dramatic and, at that time, unprecedented denial of Miss Robert’s allegations in the January 4 edition of the Mail On Sunday, an article which may have prompted Andrew to reach out to Maxwell a day earlier
Miss Roberts broke down in tears as she said she was trafficked by Andrew’s friend Jeffrey Epstein and given instructions about the prince by Maxwell, the billionaire paedophile’s then girlfriend.
Andrew has repeatedly and categorically denied having any sexual contact with Miss Roberts – denials she labelled as lies last night.
She said she had felt scared because Andrew and Epstein were powerful, adding: ‘I just didn’t expect it from royalty. I didn’t expect it from someone that people look up to and admire in the Royal Family.’
Describing their alleged sexual encounter, she said: ‘It didn’t last very long, the whole entire procedure. It was disgusting.
‘He wasn’t mean or anything but he got up and said “Thanks” and walked out. I sat there in bed just horrified and ashamed and felt dirty. I had to get up and have a shower.’
Miss Roberts said Miss Maxwell patted her on the back the next day and told her: ‘You made him really happy.’
Her account came as it emerged that: