In her highly anticipated interview with the BBC, Virginia Roberts Giuffre may not have added many new details to her longstanding allegations that multimillionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her for sex with Prince Andrew when she was a teenager.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre speaks during an interview on the BBC Panorama program that will be aired on Monday Dec. 2. (BBC Panorama via AP)
But Giuffre’s interview, which aired Monday night in the U.K., comes at a particularly sensitive time for the royal family — when Andrew’s friendship with Epstein has embroiled the monarchy in its biggest scandal in decades.
“I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being OK,” said the Sacramento-born Giuffre, who is the most well-known of Epstein’s “sex slaves.”
“This is a story of being trafficked,” said Giuffre, now 35. “This is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty.”
Unfortunately for the royal family, this sentiment is shared by a growing number of Britons who have begun to revisit age-old questions about the monarchy’s relevance, especially in the wake of Andrew’s own disastrous BBC interview about his association with Epstein.
Giuffre’s interview also aired the day before Queen Elizabeth and a contingent of royal family members are due to host President Donald Trump and other world leaders for a reception Tuesday night at Buckingham Palace as part of the 2019 NATO summit.
Complicating matters is the fact that Trump, like Andrew, has faced questions about his one-time friendship with Epstein, who reportedly died by suicide Aug. 10 in a Manhattan jail, where he was awaiting trial on new sex trafficking charges.
Trump was Epstein’s neighbor in Palm Beach. The former real estate mogul and reality TV star famously told New York magazine in 2002 that the financier was “a lot of fun to be with” — in part, Trump said, because “he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, smiles and shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during the visit to Westminster Abbey on June 03, 2019. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Optics-wise, it did neither Trump nor Andrew much good to be photographed, having a friendly time together, during the president’s last visit to London in June.
During that June visit, the Duke of York played guide …
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