Prince Andrew has said he “let the side down” by staying with Jeffrey Epstein after the billionaire financier was convicted for soliciting a minor for sex.
The royal has come increasingly under fire over his relationship with Epstein, who died in his prison cell in August as he awaited trial on sex-trafficking charges.
Now he has said he kicks himself over the decision to stay with the sex offender, saying that it was not “becoming” of a member of the royal family.
Speaking to BBC News, he said;
The problem was the fact that once he had been convicted I stayed with him.
That’s the bit that I kick myself for on a daily basis, because it was not something that was becoming of the royal family.
We try to uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down.
The 59-year-old royal was accused of taking part in an orgy with nine girls by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who was pictured with his arm around her waist when she was 17 years old. She has claimed that the pair had sex on three occasions.
Commenting on the allegation, Prince Andrew said;
I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.
Buckingham Palace has since branded the allegations “false and without any foundation” and said “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the duke was “categorically untrue”.
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