Prince Andrew allegedly sent a 5.50am email to Ghislaine Maxwell saying he had ‘specific questions’ about trafficking victim Virginia Roberts, who claims she was made to have sex with the Duke.
The email, uncovered by BBC Panorama, was sent in 2015, after Jeffrey Epstein victim Ms Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre – first made allegations against the prince.
She made further allegations against Andrew after Epstein was found dead in his prison cell this year while awaiting fresh trafficking charges.
Prince Andrew and Buckingham Palace have emphatically denied her claims.
During the Panorama programme aired last night, Mrs Giuffre broke down as she claimed that Epstein’s girlfriend, Ms Maxwell, told her she ‘had to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey’ during the Prince’s stay in her London home.
The BBC said its investigation uncovered an email which suggests Prince Andrew asked for Ms Maxwell’s help in responding to the allegations made against him.
In it, the Duke of York allegedly wrote: ‘Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts.’
Ms Maxwell replied: ‘Have some info. Call me when you have a moment.’
In an interview with the BBC’s Newsnight programme last month, Andrew claimed he had ‘no recollection’ of ever meeting Mrs Giuffre.
Epstein, 66, a convicted sex offender, was found dead in a New York jail cell in August, while awaiting federal trial for sex trafficking.
Virginia Giuffre is one of 16 women who says she was abused by Epstein and claimed she was forced to have sex with the prince three times between 2001 and 2002.
Mrs Giuffre said she was trafficked when she was 17 and was forced into sexual encounters with the Duke in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein.
Andrew admitted he did not regret his relationship with the disgraced financier as it gave him the opportunity to meet people and help prepare for his role as a trade envoy.
He said it was wrong to have stayed with Epstein and that he ‘let the side down’ but claims he had no idea ‘what was going on’.
During her interview, Mrs Giuffre claimed she ‘didn’t expect’ to be abused by ‘someone that people look up to and admire in the Royal Family’.
She said: ‘It didn’t last very long, the whole entire procedure. It was disgusting.’
Panorama also revealed that five more women have claimed Andrew witnessed Epstein abuse them.
The Duke is now facing calls to give evidence in court after the victims named him in legal testimony for their cases.
Pre-trial witness subpoenas have been prepared, which could be served on the Prince if he ever returns to the US.
A lawyer for the victims says they have written to Andrew twice but he has not responded.
They say he could have important information about Epstein’s trafficking operation.
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