By Tim Stickings For Dailymail.com
Published: 09:24 BST, 23 September 2019 | Updated: 11:29 BST, 23 September 2019
Prince Andrew and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had an angry falling out over a picture of them together in Central Park, it has been claimed.
The British royal has come under severe scrutiny over his links to Epstein since new sex trafficking charges were brought against the billionaire earlier this year.
But the new report claims that Andrew's relationship with Epstein ended in acrimony years before the financier's suicide in a Manhattan jail last month.
Epstein became furious after a photo of him with the Duke of York was published under the title 'Prince and Perv' in February 2011, sources told CNN.
By then, Epstein had already been convicted and imprisoned for sex crimes in Florida and the meeting generated a wave of negative publicity.
Jeffrey Epstein speaks to Prince Andrew in Central Park in December 2010. The publication of the photo and subsequent negative publicity reportedly enraged Epstein
Matters reportedly escalated after Sarah Ferguson, Andrew's ex-wife, revealed she had accepted £15,000 from Epstein to help pay a personal debt.
The Duchess of York admitted a 'gigantic error of judgment' and said: 'I deeply regret Jeffrey Epstein became involved in any way with me'.
'I abhor pedophilia and any sexual abuse of children and know that this was a gigantic error of judgment on my behalf,' she said at the time.
According to the latest report, that prompted Epstein to place a 'deeply unpleasant' phone call with