Prince Andrew partied with his pedophile companion Jeffrey Epstein at the billionaire's $77million Manhattan mansion - just weeks after the shamed businessman was released from jail, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Epstein, hosted the bash in The Duke of York's honour as the Prince stayed at his home for four days in December 2010.
The 66-year-old hedge fund tycoon invited Andrew to stay after he had been released from prison in the July following a 13-month prison term for soliciting girls as young as 14 for sex.
After his release and a year of house arrest in Palm Beach, Florida, Epstein hosted the star-studded dinner party in honor of his friend at his 71st Street mansion in New York, the same property raided by the FBI this week.
Prince Andrew is pictured with pedophile businessman Jeffrey Epstein as the men stroll around Central Park in December 2010
Billionaire Epstein hosted a party attended by Prince Andrew at his infamous $77m (above) Manhattan mansion in December 2010 - months after his release from a 13 month jail sentence
Guests at the intimate Manhattan townhouse soiree of around 15 people included Woody Allen, CBS anchor Katie Couric, Charlie Rose, Chelsea Handler and George Stephanopoulos.
It was just two months after the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton and the main topic of conversation was the forthcoming wedding of the future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in London that coming April.
The hedge fund tycoon, 66, invited Andrew to stay after he had been released from prison in the July following a 13-month prison term for soliciting girls as young as 14 for sex
According to reports, Ms Couric recalled telling Andrew she would be broadcasting live from outside Westminster Abbey for the wedding and asked: 'If I mail your BlackBerry, will you give me the details on what is happening inside?'
The intimate get-together was hosted in the same month an embarrassing photo was taken showing Andrew deep in conversation with shamed Epstein as they strolled through Central Park.
The picture was published in February the following year and made headlines around the world, with questions being raised over the Duke's judgement in associating himself with the high-profile sex abuser.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace today insisted that the Prince, who had previously holidayed with Epstein in Thailand and invited him for stays at Windsor Castle and the Queen's country residence Sandringham, had not seen the pedophile since that photo was taken.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace today told DailyMail.com: 'The Duke of York has not visited any home of Mr Epstein or met with him since December 2010 when the photograph in Central Park was taken.'
The mansion on the Upper East Side is the now notorious home where just this past weekend federal agents and members of the NYPD removed thousands of images and photographs depicting nude women – a number of which appeared to be of underage females according to prosecutors for the Southern District of New York
Katie Couric and George Stephanopolous were said to be both guests alongside Prince Andrew at the party said to have been organised by Epstein's long-time friend Peggy Siegal
He pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges on Monday and the 66-year-old is accused of abusing dozens of underage girls as young as 14 and could face up to 45 years in jail.
The party thrown for the royal was put