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What you need to know about Andrew and Epstein

Queen Elizabeth II’s son faces being subpoenaed if he sets foot in the US again. Here are answers to some of the key questions about the allegations against Prince Andrew

By Lucy Osborne  /  The Guardian

“Virginia sat on a chair and had the puppet on her lap. Andrew sat on another chair, I sat on his lap — and he put his hand on my breast. Ghislaine put the puppet’s hand on Virginia’s breast, then Andrew put his hand on mine. It was a great joke,” she said.

Differences between Roberts Giuffre’s and Sjoberg’s recollections of this night have been noted. Asked about accusations of inconsistency during her Panorama interview, Roberts Giuffre said: “You are left with a foggy memory sometimes, you really are. I might be wrong on dates absolutely and I might be wrong on places even, sometimes, but one thing that I can tell you is you never forget the face of someone who has heaved over you.”

Last month, Sjoberg said that she was prepared to share her claims with the FBI.

What do others say who witnessed Andrew and Epstein together?

Andrew was seen inside the New York home of Epstein getting a foot massage from a young woman, according to e-mails between a literary agent, John Brockman, and author Evgeny Morozov.

Brockman was reported to have said: “Last time I visited his house, I walked in to find him in a sweatsuit and a British guy in a suit with suspenders [braces], getting foot massages from two young well-dressed Russian women.”

Brockman wrote that the prince complained about his public profile.

“In Monaco, Albert works 12 hours a day, but at 9pm, when he goes out, he does whatever he wants and nobody cares, but, if I do it, I’m in big trouble,” the e-mails described him as saying.

At that point, Brockman wrote: “I realized that the recipient of Irina’s foot massage was his Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, Duke of York.”

What can we learn from Epstein’s flight logs?

Andrew flew on Epstein’s private plane at least four times, once to Edinburgh, once to the Virgin Islands and twice to Palm Beach.

Six weeks after Epstein was arrested for sex offenses on Sept. 1, 2006, the prince flew from London Luton Airport to Edinburgh on Epstein’s plane with Maxwell.

An analysis of the flight logs by Dispatches found that on April 16, 1998, Epstein met “Princess Sarah Ferguson and kids” on the ground in Nassau in the Bahamas.

The flight logs also confirm that Roberts Giuffre was in London on the night of her first alleged meeting with the prince.

How does Andrew’s ex-wife, Ferguson, fit into all this?

In December 2010, the Duchess of York was given £15,000 (US$19,724 at the current exchange rate) by Epstein to help pay off her debts, just 18 months after he was released from jail for soliciting prostitution from underage girls.

The Duchess later said that her judgement had been “clouded” by her desperation to get out of her £5 million debt and vowed to repay the money.

She is understood to have visited Epstein’s properties several times.

“I personally, on behalf of myself, deeply regret that Jeffrey Epstein became involved in any way with me,” the Duchess told the Evening Standard.

What now for Andrew?

The prince has stepped down from official duties. Five Epstein accusers have said they want him to give evidence in US courts, saying he must talk to the FBI.

Their lawyer, David Boies, has said that Andrew witnessed men being given massages at the financier’s homes.

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