In her first UK broadcast interview, the now 35-year-old woman told Panorama during the hour-long programme how she was trafficked by the late convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17 on the instructions of Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001.
Giuffre said in 2015 that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew in London, New York and on Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean between 1999 and 2002, when she says Epstein kept her as a “sex slave.”
The interview comes on the heels of the Duke of York’s bombshell interview on BBC Newsnight with Emily Maitlis two weeks ago, where he was questioned about his long-term friendship with a convicted sex offender. The same topic was explored on Channel 4’s investigation The Prince And The Paedophile.
Panorama also unearthed never-before-seen photographs of the Duke socialising with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein at Royal Ascot in 2000.
Prince Andrew, 59, has consistently denied the allegations, stating “categorically” that he never had any sexual contact with Ms Giuffre. In his BBC interview he said he had “no recollection of every meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”
Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his prison cell in the August while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges. Virginia Giuffre, who was then known by her maiden name Virginia Roberts, is one of five of Epstein’s many accusers of Jeffrey Epstein who claim Prince Andrew was a witness, and has called upon the British public to “help her fight this fight, to not accept this as being ok.”
She added: “This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked. This is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guy’s royalty.”
These are five things we learnt from Virginia Guiffre’s first UK television interview…
1. The infamous photograph & the conspiracy theories that go with it
Virginia Giuffre told Panorama that the photograph of her with Prince Andrew’s arm around her when she was 17 is real. She explained she had given the original photograph to the FBI in 2001 and accused Epstein and Prince Andrew’s inner circle of making excuses. She said: “I think the world is getting sick of these ridiculous excuses. It’s a real photo. I’ve given it to the FBI for their investigation and it’s an authentic photo. There’s a date on the back of it from when it was printed.”
She added: “The people on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses, like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored. I mean, I’m calling BS on this. He knows what happened, I know what happened. And there’s only one of us telling the truth.”
He knows what happened, I know what happened. And there’s only one of us telling the truth.
Prince Andrew has vehemently denied that he had any sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Giuffre, adding that any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation. “It’s very difficult to be able to prove it but I don’t remember that photograph being taken…That’s me but whether that’s my hand…I have simply no recollection of the photograph ever being taken.”
He also stated that he thought he had never been upstairs in his friend Ghislaine Maxwell’s house, where the photo appears to have been taken.
2. How she first worked for Trump, met Jeffrey Epstein and then Andrew
Virginia Giuffre was 17 when she first met Jeffrey Epstein. She said she was working at Donald Trump’s Mar a Lago estate in Florida when she was approached by Ghislaine Maxwell to train as a massage therapist. She said: “They seemed like nice people so I trusted them.”
Guiffre told the couple during her job interview that she had had a difficult time because she had been a runaway and was abused as a child. “It was the worst thing I could have told them because now they knew how vulnerable I was.”
When she was asked about the accuracies of her story, Guiffre told Panorama: “You are left with a foggy memory sometimes, you really are. I might be wrong on dates absolutely and I might be wrong on places even, sometimes. “But one thing that I can tell you is you never forget the face of someone who has heaved over you.”
So Prince Andrew emailed Ghislaine Maxwell to ask questions specifically about Virginia Roberts. The girl he’s never met.