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'Sex slave' was introduced to the queen, says father


Prince Andrew, who has returned from a skiing trip with his daughters (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

Prince Andrew, who has returned from a skiing trip with his daughters (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

Prince Andrew's former wife Sarah Ferguson (REUTERS/Phil McCarten)

Prince Andrew's former wife Sarah Ferguson (REUTERS/Phil McCarten)

Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein on a pheasant shoot they took part in at the prince's invitation at Sandringham House, Norfolk. Alban Donohoe / Albanpix.com

Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein on a pheasant shoot they took part in at the prince's invitation at Sandringham House, Norfolk. Alban Donohoe / Albanpix.com

Queen Elizabeth. John Stillwell/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth. John Stillwell/PA Wire


Prince Andrew, who has returned from a skiing trip with his daughters (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

The 'sex slave' who was allegedly abused by Prince Andrew was introduced to Queen Elizabeth during a visit to London, it has been claimed.

As Prince Andrew flew back to London from a skiing holiday in Switzerland to prepare to face fresh allegations, Virginia Roberts' father, Sky, (58) made further claims about his daughter's connection to the royal family.

He said that she had met the queen and had been "so excited" by the introduction.

But 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."

Prince Andrew is understood to be in crisis talks with his lawyers and staff and has refused to discuss his meetings with Miss Roberts. She claims that she was made to have sex with the prince on three occasions.

The accusations - which also include claims that he took part in an orgy with other under-age 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 said: "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.

"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."

Prince Andrew is understood to have returned home from the ski resort in Verbier, Switzerland.

In the coming days, he will hold a meeting with his mother, pictured, about the allegations. Fresh allegations against him 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 prince in 2001, and that he had sex with her after she gave him an "erotic massage" in New York.

The reports forced Prince Andrew 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."

It followed two previous statements, on Friday and Saturday, which contained more general denials that the prince (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. The prince could face a police investigation if a formal complaint is made against him to Scotland Yard. He 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 he 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.

Meanwhile, Scotland Yard confirmed it had not received any complaint related to the case but would investigate if an allegation was made. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We have not received an allegation in relation to this matter. In line with Metropolitan Police Service policy, any allegation of crime would be investigated." Ms Roberts, a US citizen, waived her anonymity in an interview with a Sunday newspaper in 2011, in which she claimed she had been sexually exploited by Epstein.

Prince Andrew was photographed with Epstein in New York two years after the American's release from prison in 2009 and their friendship was a source of controversy.

Several newspapers have since published details of interviews given by Ms Roberts in recent years, in which she discusses three alleged encounters with the prince.

In the court papers, Epstein is accused of repeatedly abusing her- on his private jet and luxury homes in New York, New Mexico, Florida and the US Virgin Islands.

The court document says: "Epstein also sexually trafficked the then-minor Jane Doe (a name used in US legal proceedings for people with anonymity), making her available for sex to politically connected and financially powerful people.


It adds: "For instance, one such powerful individual Epstein forced Jane Doe to have sexual relations with was a member of the British royal family, Prince Andrew (aka Duke of York)."

It is understood Prince Andrew is still planning to attend the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, later this month.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz - who represented Epstein in the 2008 case and is also named in the court papers - has described the claims against him as being part of a pattern of "made-up stories" against prominent people.

But in a statement released through her lawyers to several newspapers, Ms Roberts hit back, saying: "These types of aggressive attacks on me are exactly the reason why sexual abuse victims typically remain silent and the reason why I did for a long time.

"That trend should change. I'm not going to be bullied back into silence."

Last night, Prince Andrew's former wife Sarah Ferguson paid a glowing tribute to her ex-husband saying: "He is the greatest man there is. It was the finest moment of my life in 1986 when I married him. He is a great man, the best in the world." Although separated they still share a home.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)