Prince Andrew has kept in constant contact with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, it has been claimed today.
The Duke of York, 59, invited Maxwell, 57, to Buckingham Palace in June, just a month before Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges.
But a source has now claimed the pair have been in touch by phone and email throughout the scandal over the prince's links to the convicted sex offender.
They claim there is an 'unswerving loyalty' between the pair, who both deny any wrongdoing despite their close relationships with Epstein.
A source claims Prince Andrew is in 'constant contact' with Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured with him in 2000) amid the ongoing scandal surrounding Jeffrey Epstein
Ms Maxwell, the 57-year-old daughter of late media tycoon Robert Maxwell, is accused of being Epstein's 'madam' who procured young girls for him to have sex with, a claim she denies
The source told the Sun: 'They have remained constantly in touch by phone and email. The Duke has an unswerving loyalty to Ghislaine and she is also very loyal to him.
'Ghislaine will do anything to protect the Duke and the feeling is mutual. They both share the same view they have done nothing wrong.'
There is no indication of how the source knows about Andrew and Maxwell's communications.
In his car crash Newsnight interview Andrew claimed he had not spoken about Epstein when he was last in contact with Maxwell because he 'wasn't in the news'.
Pictured: Ghislaine Maxwell in 2014 in New York City
He was arrested and later killed himself in his prison cell while still on sex trafficking charges.
Andrew and Maxwell, daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell, met each other while she was at university.
The Duke claims he met Epstein through Maxwell, who was in a romantic relationship with him, in 1999.