A former Buckingham Palace official has claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell will visit several times a day.
Queen Elizabeth II stripped Prince Andrew of his royal patronages and military titles on Friday.
Andrew will have to defend himself against a lawsuit for sexual assault as a private citizen.
Former royal protection officer Paul Page said in his first TV interview that staff at Buckingham Palace suspected Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell of having an “intimate relationship”.
“From the way she was allowed in and out of the palace, at will, we realized…suspected, that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew,” Page claimed in the new iTV documentary, “Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the pedophile.” “A colleague of mine remembers that she came four times in one day, from morning to night – she kept coming in and out, in and out…”
On Friday, Queen Elizabeth II held a personal meeting with her son to inform him that he will be stripped of his royal patronages and military titles following the sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, forcing him to defend himself as a private citizen.
The palace’s decision came a day after a federal judge in New York denied an attempt by Prince Andrew to dismiss the lawsuit. Since 2015, Giuffre alleged that Epstein forced her to have underage sex with Prince Andrew at his New York, London mansion and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands in 2001.
Andrew dismissed all of Giuffre’s claims and denied ever meeting her. His lawyers also fought hard against his lawsuit, arguing that a 2009 settlement between Epstein and Giuffre shields him from liability and that Giuffre lacks jurisdiction to sue.
Although Giuffre was not called to give evidence at Maxwell’s trial, Prince Andrew was mentioned by name in court – an accuser of Maxwell identified only as “Jane” and Larry Visoski, Epstein pilot both testified to seeing the Duke of York traveling on the financier’s private jet.
Prince Andrew also made statements that could be used against him if the Giuffre trial continues. In a widely seen Interview with the BBC in 2019, he described having a close friendship with Maxwell and said their relationship was how he got to know Epstein.
The Duke of York’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
If you are a sexual assault survivor, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit their website receive confidential support.
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