Queen Elizabeth may buy Prince Andrew's claims that he would not have become intimate with 17's sex slave years old friend Jeffrey Epstein, and she might be happy to smile for the cameras while She accompanied him His eldest son 59 years went to church on Sunday.
But Prince Charles, his eldest son and his heir to the throne, is unhappy that Andrew has dragged the royal family into all the madness of Epstein, reported by Vanity Fair . Andrew's friendship with Epstein for several decades intensified over the weekend, when the enigmatic multimillionaire and financier accused of sex trafficking was found dead from apparent suicide in his prison cell. Manhattan.
"Andrew has welcomed Epstein to Windsor Castle, Sandringham and Balmoral at different times of their friendship, which has caused tension between him and Charles," royal source Katie Nicholl told Royal Vanity Fair reporter.
"Charles has disapproved of Andrew's many friends and acquaintances over the years, and Epstein is no exception," the source added. "I was told that he was very concerned about friendship for a long time and saw it as an impending disaster."
So, forget about Meghan Markle who publishes the British version of Vogue or other tabloid reports about her, Prince. Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton disturbed the conventions, arguing over neither power nor public adoration.
The real royal scandal - the very serious royal scandal - concerns the Duke of York, nicknamed "Randy Andy" for a long time. by the British press and who would be the favorite son of the queen.
Since 2011, Andrew has been accused of having sex with Epstein's alleged sex slave, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, in the early 2000 years. Giuffre testified that when she was a teenager, she was recruited by Epstein socialist friend Ghislaine Maxwell to the Donald Trump Resort in Mar-a-Lago and wanted to be a minor prostitute and have sex with him. friends. Giuffre alleged that Andrew was one of the beneficiaries of these services at three meetings in New York, London and the private estate of Epstein in the Virgin Islands.
The allegations against Andrew reached a new level of urgency last month, following the arrest of the sex offender recorded on new allegations of sex trafficking.
2 000 pages of previously sealed court documents. The documents revealed more details on Andrew's trips with Epstein, shared a photo of Andrew with his arm around Giuffre, then 17 years old, and offered the testimony of a second accuser. Johanna Sjoberg stated in a statement that Andrew caressed her breast and made sexual advances on her and Giuffre with a puppet that looked like him while they were at Epstein Manor in Manhattan in 2001.
Saturday's death of Epstein rocked the powerhouses of the Atlantic. The FBI is investigating how the most famous prisoner in America has not been closely monitored, while federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have vowed to continue the investigation into his alleged trafficking for sexual purposes by focusing on his alleged accomplices. 19659002] That includes Maxwell, which according to the Daily Beast was good friends with Andrew and frequently invited in his apartment at Buckingham Palace. The Daily Beast also quoted sources that Maxwell found women in London so that Andrew could have sex with him.
Several Members of the United Kingdom have asked for an inquiry into the Duke's friendship with Epstein. Vanity Fair said this is an indicator of how the allegations against Andrew "can not be erased" - as the Queen and other members of the royal family would like - and have "ruffled feathers" at the highest levels of the British government.
On Monday, Andrew was on vacation with the Queen, Prince Philip, his former wife Sarah Ferguson and other family members in Balmoral, his estate in the Scottish Highlands, according to from the Daily Mail . He arrived at Aberdeen Airport last week on a private plane and was scheduled to spend the whole week in Balmoral. he flew Monday.
With the news of Epstein's death making headlines, the duke did not have "easy conversations with his mother and father," a source told Vanity Fair.
"But he always insisted he did nothing wrong and that the accusations are misleading," the source added to Vanity Fair. "His parents believe him."
Perhaps this is why the Queen was willing to accompany him to church on Sunday morning and to bring him a big smile sitting in the back of a car.  "This was interpreted by some as an act of defiance, which thwarted some royalists, saying it was a bad judgment on the part of the queen," said Vanity Fair.
Charles was also in Balmoral with his wife Camilla, the Daily Mail reported. They also went to church on Sunday, but they drove separately.
Vanity Fair and other outlets reported that Charles had long been tired of his brother's indiscretions. Over the years, Andrew, who was once handsome, gained a reputation for pomposity and personal importance, which frequently made him derision in British society reported the Daily Beast in 2018. He had also fallen into what Vanity Fair 2011 alone called a dissolute lifestyle and a habit of attracting the friendships and financial favors of international personalities as disgusting as Epstein.
Giuffre's accusations were cleared up. interview with the Daily Mail at the beginning of 2011 . Around the same time, pictures of the duke appeared, walking with Epstein in Central Park
Meanwhile, Ferguson was captured on a cassette demanding 821 $ 000 from an undercover reporter dressed as a businessman in exchange for access to Andrew, reported Vanity Fair. She was also forced to apologize publicly for allowing Andrew to get more than 18 000 USD from Epstein to help him settle a debt to his former assistant.
These scandals sparked the fury of the British press and House of Commons in 2011. -down with the Queen, Vanity Fair and other outlets reported. The fury has led Andrew to agree to leave his beloved and well-known position as the UK's special representative for international trade and investment.
Since then, Andrew and some members of the royal family have been striving to restore his image. and bring him back into the tight circle of "Team Windsor," reported the Daily Mail 2017 alone . Through friends, Andrew acknowledged that he was "a fool" about his friendship with Esptein and admitted that the allegations were "deeply uncomfortable" for the royal family reported the Telegraph .
At the same time, Charles and Andrew would have disagreed over the vision of the future king of a rationalized royal family for the XNIXXth century, reported the Daily Beast in 2017. This vision means putting the popular William, Kate, Harry and Meghan at the center of major royal events - not Andrew or his daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie.
Over the weekend, Buckingham Palace repeats its denials, acknowledging that Andrew was once friends with Epstein, but denying that he did anything illegal.
"It is categorically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts," the palace said in a statement. "Any statement to the contrary is false and without foundation."
But so far, these denials have not allowed Andrew to get behind reports of alleged crimes committed by Epstein.
Given Andrew's high position in the royal family, "some feel that the duke has to explain his friendship with the deceased sex advocate," Vanity Fair reported. The royal source added, "This story will not go away, and no one knows what will come out later."
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