Prince Andrew to face new backlash after BBC interview with accuser Virginia Giuffre

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The BBC will air an interview with Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre tonight, 2 December, as the palace prepares for more backlash. Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with the Duke of the York, who has denied all allegations made against him.

The prince was pictured with his arm round Giuffre in a much-publicised photo which he claims was doctored.

In a clip released ahead of the Panorama episode, entitled The Prince and the Epstein Scandal, reiterated her account of the incident, which she says took place when she was 17.

“It was a really scary time in my life,” says Giuffre. “He knows what happened, I know what happened. And there’s only one of us telling the truth.”

The interview was filmed last month, so will not directly respond to comments made by Prince Andrew in his disastrous televised interview with Emily Maitlis. The royal denied having sex with Giuffre, alleging he was was a birthday party at Pizza Express, Woking, when the incident was said to have taken place.

“I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever," he said during the interview.

The Duke of York faced a great deal of backlash over his comments. Former Buckingham Palace press officer Dickie Arbiter described the interview as "excruciating", adding that it was "not so much a car crash but an articulated lorry crash".

He has since stepped down from royal duties.

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