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Documentary suggests Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell may have dated.
The Duke of York previously said Maxwell introduced him to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
A timeline of their friendship shows Prince Andrew and Maxwell were frequently spotted together in the late 90s and early 2000s.
A revealing documentary has shed light on Prince Andrew’s relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking underage girls for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Two sources interviewed for the ITV documentary ‘Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile’ said Andrew and Maxwell were so close Buckingham Palace staff thought they dated at some point in the early 1990s .
It was also in the early 2000s that Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre alleges that Epstein and Maxwell made her sleep with Prince Andrew on several occasions when she was 17. Giuffre is currently suing Prince Andrew over allegations that he sexually assaulted her at Maxwell’s London home at Epstein’s house. New York home and on Epstein’s private island.
Prince Andrew has denied the allegations and says he does not recall ever meeting Giuffre. A day after losing a bid to have the Giuffre case thrown out last week, the Duke of York has been stripped of his royal patronages and military titles, and told he will have to defend himself in the trial as a private citizen.
Prince Andrew has long been linked to Epstein through his friendship with Maxwell, but there is still a lot we don’t know about his association with the convicted sex trafficker. Here is a timeline of their friendship as documented in news reports and interviews over the years.
Prince Andrew met Maxwell when she was at university
Prince Andrew said in his infamous November 2019 interview with BBC Newsnight that he had known Maxwell from his university days.
Maxwell attended Oxford, graduating in 1985, a period during which the Duke of York was serving in the Royal Navy.
Maxwell also came from a well-connected family. Her father, Robert Maxwell, was owner of the Daily Mirror newspaper and a former MP before his death in 1991.
The pair were often spotted together in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Maxwell and Andrew seemed particularly close in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when their outings on the New York and London social scene were widely covered in the press and friends were often photographed together.
February 1999: Flight logs obtained by the Daily Mirror show Andrew flew with Maxwell on Epstein’s private jet to the financier’s private Caribbean island of Little St. James.
Late summer/early fall 1999: Prince Andrew welcomes Maxwell and Epstein to Balmoral, according to a model who attended the getaway and later spoke to the Daily Mail.
February 2000: Andrew vacations at Mar-a-Lago with Maxwell before attending a fashion show in New York, according to a 2001 article in The Evening Standard.
April 2000: Andrew makes another trip to New York where he “socialized with Ghislaine”, according to The Evening Standard.
May 12, 2000: Flight logs again show Andrew flying on Epstein’s private jet from New Jersey to Palm Beach, Florida, with Maxwell also on board.
June 21, 2000: Epstein and Maxwell attend a party at Windsor Castle, partly in honor of the prince’s 40th birthday, according to the BBC.
June 22, 2000: Andrew and Maxwell attend Royal Ascot.
September 2000: Andrew and Maxwell are pictured together at the Wiltshire wedding of the Prince’s former girlfriend, Aurelia Cecil. The footage shows the two arriving at the wedding in the same car, according to the BBC.
October 31, 2000: Andrew and Maxwell are pictured together at Heidi Klum’s Halloween party in Manhattan.
December 2000: Andrew hosted Maxwell and Epstein at Sandringham for a “simple shooting weekend”, according to his 2019 BBC Newsnight interview.
January 2001: Andrew travels to Thailand with Maxwell, according to The Evening Standard.
Maxwell and Epstein were thought to be dating at some point during this time. During Maxwell’s child sex trafficking trial last month, Cimberly Espinosa said she worked at Epstein’s business from 1996 to 2002, largely as Maxwell’s executive assistant. Espinosa said that when she started at the company, she believed Epstein and Maxwell were dating, but she felt like they had broken up during the last two years of her job at J. Epstein and Co.
A former Buckingham Palace royal protection officer says Maxwell visited so often he suspected she and Prince Andrew were dating
Prince Andrew and Maxwell may have started dating around 2001, according to Paul Page, a former royal protection officer who spoke for the ITV documentary.
Page said he first met Maxwell in 2001 and Buckingham Palace staff suspected Andrew and Maxwell of having an “intimate relationship” due to the frequency of his visits.
“From the way she was allowed in and out of the palace at will, we realized…suspected that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew,” Page said. “One of my colleagues remembered that she came four times in one day, from morning to evening – she kept coming in and out, in and out.”
Another source who spoke about the program was Euan Rellie, a banker who said he also befriended Maxwell while in college.
“I felt like Prince Andrew and Ghislaine had probably been girlfriends and boyfriends in the past,” Rellie said in the documentary, according to the Telegraph. “They had an easy warmth around each other.”
Prince Andrew’s press office did not respond to Insider’s request for comment on the claims in the ITV documentary.
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