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BBC journalist Emily Maitlis posed robust inquiries to Prince Andrew in her Newsnight interview after a intercourse trafficking scandal astonished the world. Nevertheless, she is now left questioning why the royal, who was so adamant that there had been no wrong-doing on his half, did such a dramatic U-turn and opted out of defending his repute in court docket in favour of a reported £12 million payout.

“I will not lie – a little bit of me is journalistically upset we cannot get to see how this story performed out,” Emily informed the BBC within the aftermath of Andrew’s determination to make an out of court docket settlement.

“It now signifies that the phrases he stated in that Newsnight interview, over two years in the past, could come to be the one testimony we’ve.”

She added that there would have been “enormous satisfaction” in “an ending – any ending”, though all she is left with now could be a query mark.

“On the coronary heart of the settlement is the largest query of all: why is a prince who informed me he had ‘no recollection of ever assembly this woman’ now paying her what we perceive to be upwards of £10m?

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“I distinctly bear in mind placing Virginia Giuffre’s accusations to him instantly: ‘She says she met you in 2001, she dined with you, danced with you, you acquire her drinks in Tramp nightclub and he or she went on to have intercourse with you in a home in Belgravia.’

“And I’ve the Prince’s reply in entrance of me now. Three phrases solely: ‘It did not occur.’

She mused: “Both he was mendacity in that response – and remembered her properly.

“Or he genuinely had no recollection – and was adamant they hadn’t met – just for his reminiscence subsequently to be jogged.

“Or [it’s] that he maintains his innocence, however feels the burden of authorized and public opinion in opposition to him now make settling the better possibility, albeit with out accepting any legal responsibility.”

It has been claimed that Andrew determined to bow out of a court docket trial purely to avoid wasting his household from embarrassment, and to keep away from over-shadowing his mom Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee celebrations by his actions inevitably filling the newspapers with court docket protection.

Moreover, claims from a girl alleging to be one in every of Andrew’s former masseuses have additionally crammed American gossip columns, rising protection surrounding the case.

Andrew has nonetheless not urged any wrongdoing on his half, however has acknowledged the cash is an acknowledgement that Virginia suffered abuse and public assaults, and is being paid as a approach to “reveal remorse” for his affiliation with the late Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted paedophile, who died in jail.

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The general public assertion supplied by his legal professionals included the phrases: “Prince Andrew has by no means meant to malign Ms Giuffre’s character and he accepts that she has suffered each as a longtime sufferer of abuse and because of unfair public assaults.”

Emily has identified: “See how cautious [the statement] is to place distance between an acknowledgement of Giuffre’s ache – and any duty he could or could not have had for it. “When he calls her “a longtime sufferer of abuse” is he maybe inferring that her personal horrendous circumstances have been established lengthy earlier than their paths crossed? He nonetheless does not, to be honest, acknowledge they ever met.”

The Duke of York additionally acknowledged that he’ll make a considerable donation to Virginia’s charity for victims of intercourse abuse, so as to “reveal his remorse for his affiliation with Epstein by supporting the combat in opposition to the evils of intercourse trafficking”.

But, within the Newsnight interview, Andrew was adamant that he didn’t remorse his friendship with Epstein, claiming it had given him an “alternative to be taught”.

He had additionally claimed that staying at Epstein’s Manhattan residence after his conviction for intercourse abuse of minors had emerged was, regardless of public condemnation, nonetheless “the honourable and the best factor to do”.

A confused Emily Maitlis concluded that his stance now and his determination to drop the case has “contradicted” the solutions he’d given her that evening in his interview.


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