the main points
- Maxwell is imprisoned after being convicted and sentenced for aiding her late financier in sexually assaulting girls.
- In an interview with a British TV station, she claimed that the picture of Prince Andrew and the accused sexual assault was fake.
- The prince has not been charged with any criminal offense and has continued to deny the charges.
This article contains references to sexual abuse and child abuse.
Disgraced former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed, interviewed by the BBC in prison, that the decades-old photo of Prince Andrew with accused sexual abuser Virginia Giuffre is a ‘fake’.
Maxwell, a friend of the British royal family, is imprisoned in a Florida prison after being convicted of W
Giuffre claimed the couple eloped to, among others, Prince Andrew, King Charles III’s younger brother.
The 39-year-old sued the discredited royal family in a US court, claiming she had sex in London when she was 17 and a minor under US law.
he And spare him the humiliation of a public trial.
The 62-year-old prince has not been charged with a crime and has continued to deny the charges.
But he relinquished his royal duties and was stripped of his military titles after a public outcry over the alleged settlement.
The photograph of Prince Andrew with his arm around Lady Joffrey’s waist and Maxwell standing next to them – said to have been taken in London in 2001 – is seen as crucial to the case against the prince.
But in her interview in the US federal prison with TalkTV, which is set to be broadcast in the UK on Monday night, Maxwell, who has known him for decades, confirmed the photo was not real.
“It’s fake. I don’t think it’s real for a second, in fact I’m pretty sure it isn’t,” she says.
“There was no original and there was no photograph. I only saw a copy of it.”
Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son has insisted he has never met Lady Giuffre, and in a 2019 BBC interview he also appeared to question the authenticity of the photo.
“I don’t think the photo was taken the way it was suggested,” he told the broadcaster at the time.
“It’s a photograph of an image… No one can prove whether or not that photo was manipulated.”
In an interview with Talk TV with Jesselyn Maxwell, a disgraced British socialite from prison in the US, she said the well-known photo showing the Duke of York next to Virginia Giuffre is fake. credit: Talk TV / PA / Alamy
Maxwell’s comments, whose conviction is being appealed in the US, come as British newspapers said on Sunday that Prince Andrew would try to overturn the costly settlement he agreed to with Giuffre nearly a year ago.
This follows her dropping a separate abuse lawsuit against famed attorney Alan Dershowitz.
The Sun newspaper reported that Prince Andrew was consulting US attorneys Andrew Brettler and Blair Burke and hoped to force them to back down or even make an apology, which he added could pave the way for the rehabilitation of the royal family.
“I can tell you with confidence that Prince Andrew’s team is now considering legal options,” a “well-placed source” told the tabloid.
A representative for Prince Andrew could not immediately be reached for comment.
Under a reported gaggle clause in the settlement, Giuffre has not been able to speak publicly about the allegation, but that is said to expire next month.
A spokesperson for US Attorneys David Boies and Sigrid Irons, who are representing Ms. Giuffre, noted that neither Virginia nor her attorneys have commented at this time.
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