Following the recent revelations in the Jeffrey Epstein documents, King Charles III of Britain has taken action by reducing taxpayer funding for his brother, Prince Andrew. The documents exposed new allegations against the Duke of York and shed light on the extent of his relationship with the convicted pedophile, revealing it to be more significant than he had previously claimed.
According to the latest batch of papers, the royal had regular massages and stayed in the “blue room” at Epstein’s Palm Beach residence. Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s convicted sex trafficking accomplice, also alleged the presence of a Prince Andrew “puppet” at Epstein’s New York property.
Victims have accused the prince of using this puppet to inappropriately touch a young woman. Despite consistently denying any wrongdoing, the duke has faced additional accusations of involvement in an “underage orgy.” In another setback for Andrew, it has been reported that Charles is now planning to cease the use of taxpayer funds to cover Prince Andrew’s home security at Royal Lodge.
According to The Telegraph, if he wishes to continue residing in the 30-room mansion in Windsor Great Park known as Royal Lodge, he will be responsible for funding the multi-million-pound security costs himself. This decision is likely to be interpreted as the monarch publicly distancing himself from his younger brother. This news follows the King’s recent suggestion that Andrew could potentially be welcomed back into The Firm. Just under two weeks ago, Andrew joined the royal family for a walk to church on Christmas Day. Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the UK’s Labour Party and former director of public prosecutions, has now supported calls for Scotland Yard to investigate the allegations made against Andrew.
Newly revealed unredacted legal documents detail how Epstein’s former housekeeper claimed that Andrew received daily massages. These massages allegedly took place during the time Andrew spent “weeks” at the Florida home of the convicted pedophile financier. Juan Alessi, who worked at Epstein’s Palm Beach residence, stated that both Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, were friends with Epstein and Maxwell. This development follows a source’s claim to the Mirror that Charles has assured his brother that he will not be abandoned.
“Charles promised his late mother he would not abandon Andrew once she was gone and that remains the situation unless, of course, he finds himself engaged in a criminal matter,” they said.
However, recent court documents have brought back previous allegations that Andrew sexually assaulted Virginia Robert Giuffre, a victim of Epstein, on three separate occasions when she was 17 years old, including during an “underage orgy”.
Andrew vehemently denies these claims, stating that he has never even met Giuffre.
Despite his denial, Andrew chose to settle a civil case with Giuffre in 2022, paying her millions of dollars to resolve the matter outside of court.
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that they have not initiated any new investigation regarding these allegations.
However, Sir Keir Starmer has expressed his belief that any credible accusations should be thoroughly investigated.
Sir Keir stated, “I believe that whenever a complaint is made, it is inevitable that it should be thoroughly examined.”
“I mean, we have to start with the victims here and look at what allegations have been made.
“I’ve seen the headlines on this, not the detail… but frankly whoever it is, where there are allegations, credible allegations made, then of course they should be looked at.”
Republic, the organization advocating against monarchy, has reported the duke to Scotland Yard and is urging for a thorough investigation of the allegations in the United Kingdom.
In his sworn video interview in 2009, Alessi was interrogated about Andrew’s association with Maxwell and Epstein.
Attorney Katherine Ezell inquired about whether Andrew and Sarah had ever received massages at the Florida residence.
Alessi replied: “Prince Andrew did.
“I think Sarah was there only once and for a short time.
“I don’t think she slept in there. I cannot remember.
“I think she was visiting Wellington and she came to the house and we met her.
“But Prince Andrew, yes, Prince Andrew spent weeks with us.”
Ezell then asked: “Where would he sleep?”
Alessi said: “In the main room, the main guest bedroom. That was the blue room.”
The lawyer then said: “And, so, when he would come and stay, during that time would he frequently have massages?
Alessi replied: “I would say, daily massages.”
During a subsequent sworn interview conducted by an employee of Epstein, referred to as “the witness” in the documents, it was alleged that Maxwell accompanied the convicted sex offender to England with the intention of introducing him to members of the royal family.
According to the staff member, there were numerous photographs depicting the duke alongside Epstein at the property where they were employed.
In a recently resurfaced video interview featuring Maxwell, the disgraced socialite claimed to have no knowledge of how Epstein and the duke became acquainted, vehemently denying any involvement in their introduction.
However, Maxwell did acknowledge the presence of a puppet resembling the Duke of York in Epstein’s New York apartment.
Johanna Sjoberg accused Prince Andrew of groping her breast while posing with a puppet resembling himself at Epstein’s Manhattan residence in 2001.
Maxwell stated that she could not recall placing the caricature’s hand on Sjoberg’s breast, describing it as a representation of Prince Andrew rather than a traditional puppet.
Despite efforts by her defense counsel to secure her release on bail, Maxwell has remained incarcerated since July 2020.
In June 2022, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the federal court in the Southern District of New York.