The Prime Minister of United Kingdom Boris Johnson refused to comment on November 18 about the controversial interview of Prince Andrew with an international media. The Duke of York and second son of Queen Elizabeth II has been on the receiving end of the harsh criticism over his relationship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. In an attempt to stop the negative comments against him, Prince Andrew reportedly claimed during the interview that he was clueless about the charges against Epstein. However, the royal watchers have denoted the interview as ill-judged and excruciating.
Epstein allegedly committed suicide back in August while awaiting trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls and ran a sex trafficking ring. Prince Andrew has been criticised over his links to multimillionaire Epstein. Virginia Roberts Giuffre has accused the US financier as she alleged that she was forced into sexual encounters with the prince while she was still underage. Back in 2015, Giuffre reportedly accused Epstein of allegedly forcing her to perform sex acts with several prominent men, including Prince Andrew in 2001. However, the Prince told the interviewer that he had no recollection of ever meeting Giuffre and has denied all the allegations.
The interview is the first time that the Prince had addressed questions over the Epstein controversy. Earlier, the Buckingham Palace also issued a statement denying the claims and calling them “false without foundation”. The statement read, “His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”
(With inputs from agencies)