'It was an extortion plot': Epstein wanted to blackmail Queen via Prince Andrew, says Sarah Ferguson's ex-lover

'Epstein tried to lure Andrew into his web, but I believe his ultimate mark was the Queen,' John Bryan stated

'It was an extortion plot': Epstein wanted to blackmail Queen via Prince Andrew, says Sarah Ferguson's ex-lover
Jeffrey Epstei wanted to blackmail the Queen but Prince Andrew never gave him the ammunition to do so (Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Florida Department of Law Enforcement via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: John Bryan, a US businessman and former lover of Sarah Ferguson, made a startling claim on the controversies surrounding Jeffrey Epstein that involved Prince Andrew in his very first candid interview. During the conversation, Bryan was questioned about Andrew's interactions with pedophile Epstein and the convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell.

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Bryan, who was in a four-year relationship with Fergie in the 1990s, was exposed in a royal scandal when he was photographed in 1992 sucking her toes after she split up with Andrew. Years later, he claims that he was secretly invited to join Prince Andrew for crisis discussions. Bryan feels Epstein built his livelihood by using extortion to force wealthy men to pay him money in return for his confidentiality over their illicit behavior. He claims that blackmailing of the Queen was the pedophile's "ultimate" goal. The Daily Mail quoted Bryan as saying, "It was just an extortion plot."

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Bryan stated, "People always ask how Epstein made his money. He was supposed to be this tax wizard. But it was all a con. He blackmailed rich men and then made them pay to avoid scandal. He made hundreds of millions of dollars this way. Epstein tried to lure Andrew into his web, but I believe his ultimate mark was the Queen."

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Bryan asserts that the incredible ploy to blackmail the Queen supports his conviction that Andrew's accusers are false. He said, "I believe Andrew is innocent. If he genuinely was involved in 'orgies' as has been alleged, then Epstein would have used that to try and bribe the Queen into paying out millions to protect her family." Bryan added, "Andrew has never had any money. The Queen was the one with money. I truly believe Epstein was going after her but Andrew never gave him the ammunition to do so." Bryan asserted that he was summoned into the royal circle to counsel Andrew.

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Bryan explained how he was sneaked into the Royal Lodge at Windsor to assist Andrew after the Newsnight interview, which came in the wake of the Epstein affair and amid suspicions Andrew had sex with Virginia Giuffre. Even though Andrew vigorously rejected the accusations, he was nevertheless deprived of his treasured military ties and other royal perks.


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Bryan stated, "Andrew's television interview had been a catastrophe so they needed an honest strategic plan that everyone could buy into. She [Fergie] invited me to come over. She was desperate. She told me that Andrew was in terrible shape. He was distraught. They were distraught."

Bryan stated that he had assisted the struggling family in developing a "long-term strategy" they had dubbed "House of Kroy" (York spelled backwards). The following day, Bryan visited the house again and was welcomed by Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, and Jack Brooksbank.

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Bryan claimed that the Duke of York was shouting, "I don't care any more, I don't care. I am being treated unfairly," with a downcast expression. He asserts that during the stressful discussion, Princess Beatrice told her father, "You've hurt our family." He said, "In the four years I dated Sarah I never once heard him raise his voice or lose his temper."

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Princess Beatrice arrive to attend a service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday at St Paul's cathedral on June 10, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.
Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice arrive to attend a service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday at St Paul's cathedral on June 10, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Bryan said, "It showed what strain he was under, how much he cared about the damage this was doing to the Royal Family." He claimed that he thinks Andrew is speaking the truth and indicated that while he was dating Fergie, the only women he ever saw Andrew with were in their mid-20s. "I truly believe if there was anything untoward going on I would have known about it, Sarah would have known about it. But there was never a hint of that. I remain and will always remain an outsider, so let me be the first outsider to say that I believe Prince Andrew – and I don't say it lightly. This outsider has a lot of inside knowledge," Bryan stated.

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York follows behind The Queen's funeral cortege borne on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Andrew follows behind The Queen's funeral cortege borne on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy on September 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

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