Prince Andrew could be arrested for his connection to Epstein: Here’s how
Among the documents released from Ghislaine Maxwell’s civil deposition, the most damning could be about Prince Andrew, Duke of York. These documents are from a 2015 civil suit filed by Virginia Roberts-Guiffre against Ghislaine Maxwell for defamation. They’re being used as evidence in Maxwell’s upcoming trial.
These documents could implicate Prince Andrew in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring. While the only thing that’s public is a statement by Virginia Roberts-Guiffre, one of Epstein’s victims, the deposition against Ghislaine Maxwell may have more.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Dept. of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations are looking to make Prince Andrew cooperate. There are rumors that Prince Andrew may be arrested for his involvement with Epstein, or for non-cooperation. Here’s what we know so far.
A brief history of Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein were introduced by Prince Andrew’s Oxford pal, Ghislaine Maxwell. They met in the early 1990s when Prince Andrew’s wife was having affairs with American multimillionaires. Prince Andrew and Epstein were allegedly close. Prince Andrew denies this, saying he only saw Epstein once or twice a year.
According to flight logs, Prince Andrew traveled numerous times on Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita Express, Epstein’s private jet. Prince Andrew was also on Epstein’s island, Little St. James, also called Pedo Island and Orgy Island due to its reputation of being a hotspot for debauchery and sex trafficking.
Virginia Roberts-Guiffre’s allegations
In 2005, Prince Andrew met Virginia Roberts-Guiffre. Outwardly, Roberts was Jeffrey Epstein’s masseuse. In reality, she was a seventeen-year-old girl that Epstein was sex trafficking. According to a statement by Roberts-Guiffre, Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her three times. One of those times was when a photograph was taken of her and Prince Andrew.
The photograph itself was cause for concern. Prince Andrew was pictured with his hand around Virginia Roberts Guiffre’s waist with Ghislaine Maxwell smiling behind them. Prince Andrew regrets taking the photograph since he says it appears to implicate him in Roberts-Guiffre’s allegations.
Prince Andrew emphatically denies any wrongdoing. Buckingham Palace also released a statement supporting Prince Andrew’s side of the story.
Will Prince Andrew cooperate?
When the FBI first contacted Prince Andrew about the 2019 investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes, he said he was more than willing to cooperate. Prince Andrew’s team has even said they’ve been “in close cooperation” with the DOJ and FBI.
Or won’t he?
However, the FBI says that’s not been the case. They claim they haven’t heard a word from Prince Andrew despite reaching out numerous times. According to them, Prince Andrew has ignored numerous subpoenas from their departments.
The silence from Prince Andrew has become so bad that the DOJ is moving to extradite him. However, the UK is slowing down the extradition due to concerns over the U.S. use of the death penalty. That begs the question, did Prince Andrew kill anyone?
Everyone sentenced to death in the U.S. federally is there for aggravated murder, not sexual assault. State laws vary, but the death penalty in the U.S. is nearly exclusively used for capital murder. Is the death penalty an excuse to keep Prince Andrew from being extradited, or is there more to Virginia Roberts-Guiffre’s accusations?
Will the Royal Family stand by Prince Andrew?
In 2019, Prince Andrew appeared in an hour-long interview with the BBC to share his side of the story. While Prince Andrew and the Royal Family appear to believe the interview went well, some viewers disagree. Prince Andrew’s body language and poor reason for staying at Jeffrey Epstein’s house for four days in 2010 were reasons cited.
Or are they ousting him?
At the same time, Prince Andrew stepped away from royal duties after giving the interview on the BBC. His website has not been renewed. Also, he didn’t appear in photographs at his daughter Beatrice’s wedding last July.
Prince Andrew could have still been there, just not in publicly-released photos. However, his absence from the released snaps doesn’t bode well.