Prince Andrew previously said during an interview that he met Jeffrey Epstein through his friend, Ghislaine Maxwell. When the interviewer asked Prince Andrew if she and Maxwell were close, he said that they just knew each other from school.
But in his 11-page response to Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s lawsuit, Prince Andrew said that he was never close to Maxwell.
Prince Andrew, Ghislaine Maxwell Sparked Dating Rumors
However, National Enquirer, in its Feb. 7 issue, claimed that Prince Andrew and Maxwell were not just close friends years ago. In fact, there are also rumors that the two dated briefly.
“This kind of information is damning. It could force Andrew to settle with Virginia before it’s too late,” an unnamed source said.
Paul Page, a former palace officer, also confirmed that Maxwell visited Queen Elizabeth’s palaces on multiple occasions, and it was because of Prince Andrew. He also said that the palace staff thought that Prince Andrew and Maxwell were an item that’s why they were always together.
“The standard procedure was that when Ghislaine turns up, she was to be let straight in. We thought she was in a relationship with him. That's my honest held belief,” Page said.
Euan Rellie, who attended Oxford University with Maxwell, also thought that there was something romantic going on between her and Prince Andrew.
“I got the sense Prince Andrew and Ghislaine had probably been girlfriend and boyfriend in the past,” Rellie said.
Prince Andrew Says He, Ghislaine Maxwell Are Not Close
According to Business Insider, Prince Andrew and Maxwell first met at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where the latter studied in the mid-80s. At that time, Prince Andrew was serving in the Royal Navy.
Even Maxwell’s brother, Ian, knew that the two were good friends. However, Ian didn’t know how often Prince Andrew and Maxwell hung out.
During his interview with BBC in 2019, Prince Andrew tried to disassociate himself from Maxwell.
“If there are questions that Ghislaine has to answer, that's her problem I'm afraid, I'm not in a position to be able to comment one way or the other,” he said.
But despite all the links between Prince Andrew and Maxwell, there’s no proof that the two ever dated.
Prince Andrew Dubbed As ‘Playboy Prince’
When he was much younger, Prince Andrew was linked to a slew of women. In fact, he earned the reputation of being the “playboy prince.”
According to Daily Mail, the Duke of York’s first love was Koo Stark. However, their relationship was short-lived. Prince Andrew was reportedly forced to break up with the American actress after learning that she starred in a racy movie 10 years earlier.
In 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson. The exes were blessed with two children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. But their marriage didn’t last either. In 1996, the Duke and Duchess of York announced their divorce.
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