Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre set to make fresh revelations in BBC interview; Royal Family braces for blowback
Virginia Roberts Giuffre's interview airs tonight on BBC Panorama as Prince Andrew and the royal family braces for fresh allegations against him by the alleged sex trafficking victim. Giuffre is expected to reveal details of her connection to the Duke of York and her encounter with him, that Andrew denied.
In a clip last week, Giuffre said it was "a really scary time" in her life. After Andrew denied ever meeting her, saying he didn't recall it in the "car crash" BBC interview, she appeared to say in response, "He knows what happened, I know what happened. And there's only one of us telling the truth."
Giuffre alleges that she was "trafficked" by pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein who died in his jail cell in Manhattan earlier this year. Giuffre says she was forced to have sex with Andrew thrice, and during one of the encounters, she was 17 years old, below the age of consent. Another clip was due to be released before the special aired, but BBC decided against it due to the "sensitive nature of the program", The Times reported. The incident with Andrew allegedly took place in Ghislaine Maxwell's London townhouse. Maxwell was a close friend of both Andrew and Epstein and has been accused of being the pedophile's "fixer".
An expert source told The Sun that this special will be worse than the Newsnight interview for Prince Andrew. "If people thought Newsnight was a disaster for the duke this is really going to put the cat amongst the pigeons. It is a fantastic program and will cause ramifications." The fallout from the interview had been unprecedented and the Duke was slammed for his insensitivity for Epstein's alleged victims and failing to show any remorse for his associations with him.
A source told the publication that Andrew is nervous about the program. "Everyone is on tenterhooks especially after the backlash to the Duke’s Newsnight interview – no one saw the fall-out from that coming, especially the Duke. It’s fair to say everyone is nervously chewing their lips at Buckingham Palace to see what she will say."
After his disastrous interview, Andrew was allegedly forced to withdraw from royal duties. Charities that were linked to Andrew also let him go.