by Neil Murphy, The Mirror:
It is claimed Maxwell, 58, and Spacey, 60, gave “regal waves” and “larked about” during the private visit to Buckingham Palace which was arranged by the Duke of York in 2002
Jeffrey Epstein’s ex Ghislaine Maxwell and Hollywood superstar Kevin Spacey were given a tour of Buckingham Palace by Prince Andrew, it has emerged.
A recently surfaced photo shows the pair posing on the Queen’s throne during the private visit in 2002.
The Duke of York had reportedly arranged the tour for former US president Bill Clinton – but it is not thought Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell’s close confidante, was there at the time.
“They were larking about on the thrones, doing regal waves,” a source told the Daily Telegraph.
“Ghislaine sat on the Queen’s throne with Spacey pretending to be the Duke of Edinburgh.
“No one can recall if Prince Andrew was actually in the throne room at the time but he was in charge of the visit.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by the Press Association and was not available for comment when contacted by the Mirror Online.
Kevin Spacey was accused, but not convicted, of making unwanted sexual advances against a 14-year-old boy in 2017.
Other unproven allegations left his career in tatters.
Maxwell, 58, was arrested by the FBI on Thursday over allegations she helped disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein “identify, befriend and groom” girls as young as 14.
Meanwhile, the duke has been urged to provide information in relation to the investigation after his friend Maxwell appeared in court accused of facilitating Epstein’s sexual exploitation of underage girls.
Audrey Strauss, acting US attorney for the southern district of New York, told a press conference that authorities would “welcome” a statement from the duke.
But a source close to Andrew said: “The duke’s team remains bewildered given that we have twice communicated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the last month and to date we have had no response.”
Lawyers for some of Epstein’s alleged victims on Friday added pressure on Andrew to speak about his friendship with the Epstein, who took his own life in prison last year while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Spencer Coogan said his clients were “relieved” that Maxwell, daughter of late media mogul Robert Maxwell, had finally been arrested and urged Andrew to speak up about what he witnessed while visiting Epstein’s properties in New York, Palm Beach and the Virgin Islands.
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “I certainly think Prince Andrew has a story to tell. On behalf of the victims we have continuously asked him to step forward, step up, be a man and tell us what he knows.”
At a brief hearing on Thursday, a magistrate judge ordered Maxwell to remain in custody while she is transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
Ms Strauss claimed that the socialite had helped Epstein to exploit underage girls and “in some cases” would participate in the abuse herself.
Four of the six charges cover Maxwell’s dealings with Epstein from 1994 to 1997, when she was in an “intimate relationship” with him, according to the indictment.
These include conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
She is further charged with conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
According to the indictment, three unnamed minors were allegedly “induced and enticed” by Maxwell, who “facilitated” for them to be groomed by Esptein at properties he owned.
These include residences in New York City, Palm Beach in Florida and Santa Fe in New Mexico, as well as Maxwell’s personal residence in London, prosecutors allege.
The court papers claim that Maxwell “developed a rapport” with the alleged victims, before encouraging them to give massages to Epstein, which often resulted in him sexually abusing the girls.