How Prince Andrew’s Friends Are Fighting the Epstein Allegations

The royal family is no stranger to scandal, however, the Jeffrey Epstein scandal is much more sinister than anything else they have been involved with in recent memory. Prince Andrew was allegedly part of a ring of famous men within Epstein’s social circle who would abuse underage girls. Prince Andrew categorically denies any wrongdoing. His friends have hired experts to debunk the photographs.

Prince Andrew | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein, and Virginia Roberts Giuffre

According to USA Today, an alleged victim of Epstein, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, claims that she was coerced into having sex with Prince Andrew three times when she was 17. As evidence of her claims, she has cited a photo of herself standing next to Prince Andrew with Andrew’s arms around her waist and behind them is Epstein’s close associate, Ghislaine Maxwell. In regard to Prince Andrew, Roberts Giuffre has said “He knows what he’s done, and he can attest to that. He knows exactly what he’s done, and I hope he comes clean about it.”

Friends of Prince Andrew have now hired experts to prove that the infamous photo of him with Roberts Giuffre has been doctored. One of them claims that it is strange that the picture depicts Roberts Giuffre wearing the same outfit at a party with Naomi Campbell two months after the photograph with Andrew was taken. Another friend of the prince asserts that the picture makes it appear that the prince is nine inches taller than Roberts Giuffre, when in reality there’s only a three inch height difference between them.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre | Emily Michot/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The photograph infamously shows Prince Andrew’s hand around Roberts Giuffre; a source close to the prince alleges that the photograph must be fake because Prince Andrew’s fingers are much thinner in the photograph than they actually are. According to the New York Post, a friend added “A tabloid newspaper paid a lot of money years ago for a copy of this photo. But no one has ever seen the original. Doesn’t that seem strange? Sadly, it seems to us this girl is simply out to make a name for herself.”

The second photograph

Another infamous image of the prince shows him with Epstein following the financier’s conviction. The prince’s friends claim that the photograph was orchestrated by Epstein in an attempt to boost his image. The sources said “When they went for that walk, it was a random act. The protection team never saw a photo being taken. The only way that it could have been taken is from a height. It is taken from an apartment looking down on the park. They were waiting. It was pre-planned. Only Epstein knew where they were going to walk. The [prince] had no idea where he was going.”

People protesting Jeffrey Epstein | Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The New York Post also reported that friends of the prince also claim that the only reason why he went to speak with Jeffrey Epstein in 2010 was because he wanted to cut off his longstanding friendship with the financier. These friends say that the prince admits that meeting with Epstein was an error in judgment, though the prince committed no crime.

If this meeting between the two men was indeed a dissolution of their friendship, Andrew did not appear to be upset about it, as he was filmed smiling shortly thereafter. Epstein would also throw the prince a party afterward, with celebrity guests such as Woody Allen and George Stephanopoulos. Hopefully, these experts will be able to uncover the truth, whatever it may be.

How to get help: In the U.S., call the RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.