A photo has emerged showing Ghislaine Maxwell sat on the Queen’s throne during a private tour of Buckingham Palace organised by Prince Andrew.
Beside her sits actor Kevin Spacey and the pair appear to imitate the royal wave while on the visit in 2002.
According to The Telegraph, which unearthed the picture, the pair joined a private tour organised for US President Bill Clinton.
They may have snuck out of the Duke of York’s eyeshot to pose for the mischievous shot, which is believed to be in breach of royal protocol.
Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, was arrested in the US on Thursday on sex trafficking charges.
She allegedly helped the disgraced late billionaire to ‘identify, befriend and groom’ a number of teenage girls, including one as young as 14, and has been accused of participating in the sexual abuse ‘in some cases’.
Spacey was ostracised after allegations of sexual harassment by Anthony Rapp when he was 14 years old, as well as by a number of adult men in the film industry.
The charges against him have since been dropped.
A source told The Telegraph: ‘They were larking about on the thrones, doing regal waves.
‘Ghislaine sat on the Queen’s throne with Spacey pretending to be the Duke of Edinburgh.
‘No one can recall if Andrew was in the throne room at the time but he was in charge of the visit.’
There is no indication Epstein joined them for the tour.
Meanwhile Prince Andrew is being urged to provide information relating to the investigation into Maxwell, who has known him since university and introduced him to Epstein.
Audrey Strauss, acting US attorney for the southern district of New York, said officials would ‘welcome’ a statement from the duke.
Sources close to Andrew have claimed in reports that the duke’s team have contacted the US Department of Justice twice in the last month but have received no response.
Spencer Coogan, a lawyer for some of Epstein’s alleged victims, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I certainly think Prince Andrew has a story to tell. On behalf of the victims we have continuously asked him to step forward, step up, be a man and tell us what he knows.’
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