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Buckingham Palace Denies Prince Andrew Has Hired a Spin Doctor Ahead of Expose on Jeffrey Epstein Friendship

Prince Andrew is “sensible” to maintain a low profile forward of an expose on his ties to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, a royal skilled has advised Newsweek.

The 59-year-old seems to be making an attempt to keep away from press consideration amid stories he has employed a political “spin doctor” to assist restore his fame as Buckingham Palace braces itself for an hour-long documentary set to air on the U.Okay.’s Channel Four in lower than two weeks.

A Channel Four spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek {that a} Dispatches documentary, titled “The Prince and the Paedophile”, is because of air on October 21 at 10pm. The program will see reporter Cathy Newman examine the “extraordinary friendship” between the Queen’s second son and Epstein.

The Daily Telegraph reported, citing a royal supply, that 28-year-old Jason Stein, who was beforehand MP Amber Rudd’s particular advisor, will report on to Andrew’s non-public secretary Amanda Thirsk and cope with Epstein associated enquiries.

Buckingham Palace declined to touch upon the matter. But a supply near the palace advised Newsweek that Stein is not going to be Andrew’s communications secretary.

Reports recommend Andrew is striving to remain below the radar in a bid to distance himself from the Epstein scandal. He has no future engagements printed on the Royal Family’s web site and a latest journey to Australia noticed little or no fanfare.

Ingrid Seward, editor in chief of Majesty journal, advised Newsweek that Andrew is “probably wise” to rent assist.

“I think that he’s probably wise to employ the services of someone who is experienced in dealing with this kind of backlash,” she mentioned.

“I believe the very best factor for him to do is do what he has achieved which is to only preserve his head down and get on with no matter he is doing. It can be wise for him to maintain a low profile as a lot as attainable.

“He’s cooperated every time he is been requested and there is not very a lot else he can do at this stage.”

Seward added that she does not imagine he is actively making an attempt to keep away from consideration a lot as he does not often appeal to a lot within the first place.

Last week, just one fan turned as much as greet him at an occasion for his [email protected] initiative for younger entrepreneurs at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

Buckingham Palace Denies Prince Andrew Has Hired a Spin Doctor Ahead of Expose on Jeffrey Epstein Friendship
Prince Andrew at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, on October 2, 2019.

Even that fan—instructor and self-proclaimed “royal hunter” Renae Grljusich-Poolman—mentioned she wasn’t shocked by the poor turnout. She advised The Australian that the hypothesis round his ties to Epstein had most likely “marred his credibility.”

Seward famous that Andrew by no means attracts as a lot consideration as different members of the Royal Family. “I’m positive he does not prefer it, however I believe he is used to it,” she mentioned.

“The royal palace press pack do not actually comply with Andrew, so we by no means get very a lot details about his journeys overseas,” she mentioned.

However, Australia’s news.com.au mentioned Andrew’s journey to Perth, Western Australia, was a “curiously under-the-radar official royal go to.” It reported that Andrew “slipped into the nation” with “no fanfare” and “no lead-up press protection.”

It mentioned the truth that just one member of the general public confirmed up was a “new, deeply embarrassing low level.” It added: “It was a very subdued and strange arrival that regarded loads like he was making an attempt to steal into the nation with out attracting media consideration.”

The Royal Family’s actions are often publicized upfront to make sure most press protection, however no future engagements for Andrew are presently accessible to view on the Royal Family’s web site, the place official engagements are printed as much as eight weeks upfront.

In distinction, his brother Prince Edward’s deliberate engagements till November 28 have been printed.

“It may be a safety difficulty, they usually solely launch engagements a number of days earlier than they occur,” Seward mentioned.

However, Andrew has maintained a daily social media presence, persevering with to publish on his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook following engagements.

Two weeks in the past, he joined different members of the Royal Family in posting a gushing tribute following his eldest daughter Princess Beatrice’s engagement. He might be anticipated to stroll Beatrice down the aisle when she marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi subsequent yr.

Andrew has been dogged for months by unfavourable headlines over his well-publicized friendship with Epstein, who took his personal life in his jail cell in August after being charged with little one trafficking.

Virginia Giuffre Roberts, one among 16 ladies who say they have been abused by Epstein, claims she was pressured to have intercourse with Andrew when she was 17.

Buckingham Palace has repeatedly denied he had any sexual contact with Roberts, saying in a press release: “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any type of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any declare on the contrary is fake and with out basis.”

Days after Epstein’s dying, Andrew issued a press release, which mentioned: “The Duke of York has been appalled by the latest stories of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, take part in or encourage any such habits is abhorrent.”

But though Andrew has maintained to have by no means “seen, witnessed or suspected” the habits that led to Epstein’s 2008 conviction for soliciting an underage woman for prostitution, he is come below hearth for visiting Epstein 4 months after he was launched from jail in 2010.

In one other assertion, issued August 24, Andrew mentioned that he met Epstein in 1999 and insisted he noticed him “sometimes” and not more than a few times a yr.

He added: “At no stage through the restricted time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the type that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.”

He mentioned he had “super sympathy” for Epstein’s alleged victims, and reiterated that it was a “mistake” seeing Epstein launch from an 18-month jail time period in 2010 for prostituting minors.

Channel 4’s present affairs staff is known to have contacted former royal aides to analyze why Andrew stayed ay Epstein’s Manhattan mansion throughout that go to in December 2010, in line with the Telegraph.

Andrew allegedly advised mates the journey to New York was in a bid to finish his friendship with Epstein, The Sunday Times reported. A supply advised the newspaper that the prince claimed he solely visited Epstein, who thought-about him a “trophy good friend,” to inform him they could not be mates anymore.

Andrew now acknowledges Epstein was an “undercover” pedophile, the supply mentioned. But regardless of Andrew’s makes an attempt to distance himself from Epstein, he may develop into much more deeply embroiled within the scandal after stories in The Sunday Times the FBI has expanded its investigation to establish alleged human trafficking victims of Epstein, who may present info on Andrew.

Citing unidentified sources from the Department of Justice, the newspaper reported that the FBI wish to “a number of” potential victims within the hope they will present extra particulars about Prince Andrew and his involvement within the Epstein case.

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