Prince Andrew ‘sex abuse victim’ Virginia Roberts ‘was introduced to the Queen’
Virginia Roberts’s father claims she was introduced to the Queen, but Buckingham Palace have ‘no record’ of the meeting
The ‘sex slave’ who was allegedly abused by Britain's Prince Andrew was introduced to the Queen during a visit to London, it has been claimed.
As Prince Andrew flew home from a skiing holiday in Switzerland to prepare to face fresh allegations, Virginia Roberts’s father, Sky, made further claims about his daughter's connection to the Royal family.
He said that she had met the Queen and been "so excited" by the introduction.
Buckingham Palace has denied the claims. A spokesperson said: "There is nothing to suggest that this claim is true. We have no record of such a meeting."
Miss Roberts claims that she was made to have sex with the royal on three occasions.
The accusations - which also include claims that he took part in an orgy with other underage girls - are contained in a motion filed in a Florida court which allege that Jeffrey Epstein, an American investment banker, loaned her to rich and powerful friends.
Mr Roberts told the Sun: “Virginia told me a few years back that she met Prince Andrew when she went to London.
“She also said while they were there she met the Queen.
“She was so excited about meeting the Queen.
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“She had been flown to London by Jeffrey. He would fly her all over the world and she would give him massages on his private jet.”
Fresh allegations against the Duke surfaced over the weekend, including a claim that Miss Roberts was paid £10,000 by Epstein, a convicted sex offender, as a “reward” for sleeping with the Duke in 2001, and that he had sex with her after she gave him an “erotic massage” in New York.
It forced the Duke into the unprecedented step of issuing a formal statement denying he had ever had sex with Miss Roberts, now 30.
Buckingham Palace said: “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
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It followed two previous statements, on Friday and Saturday, which contained more general denials that the Duke, 54, had ever had sex with a minor. As a 17-year-old, Miss Roberts was below the age of consent in Florida, where the court papers were filed, at the time of the allegations.
Prince Andrew could face a police investigation if a formal complaint is made against him to Scotland Yard.
The Duke of York has categorically denied having any sort of relationship with Miss Roberts, sexual or otherwise, and Miss Roberts has never made a criminal complaint against him.
Because the Duke is not a party in the court case – in which victims of Epstein are suing the US authorities for failing to consult them over a plea deal offered to him – he was given no warning of the papers which were lodged on December 30 making the claims against him, and could not file a formal rebuttal through the court in Florida.
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