Prince Andrew has strongly denied claims that he had sex with Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre (nee Roberts) - had only released statements on the issue through Buckingham Palace’s press office. In the interview, the Duke of York explained “it’s very difficult to forget” having sex with someone because it’s a “positive act for a man”. BBC Host Emily Maitlis asked: “For the record, is there any way you could have had sex with that young woman or any young woman trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein in any of his residences?”
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, the Duke of York said: “No and without putting too fine a point on it, if you’re a man it is a positive act to have sex with somebody.
“You have to have to take some sort of positive action and so therefore if you try to forget it’s very difficult to try and forget a positive action and I do not remember anything.
“I can’t, I’ve wracked my brain and thinking oh...when the first allegations, when the allegations came out originally I went, ‘well that’s a bit strange, I don’t remember this’.
“I’ve been through it and through it and through it over and over and over again and no, nothing. It just never happened.”
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Prince Andrew broke his silence amid allegations of sex with a minor (Image: BBC/GETTY)
Prince Andrew has strongly denied claims that he had sex with Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre (Image: GETTY)
Mrs Giuffre's allegations about the duke were struck from the US court record in 2015 after a judge branded them "immaterial and impertinent”.