Buckingham Palace Releases Another Statement About Prince Andrew's Friendship With Jeffrey Epstein

The Queen's son admits that it was "a mistake and an error" to spend time with Jeffrey Epstein in 2010, after he was already a convicted sex offender.

The Duke Of York, The UK's Special Representative For International Trade and Investment Visits Crossrail
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In a new statement released this morning by Buckingham PalacePrince Andrew admits that it was "a mistake and an error" to spend time with Jeffrey Epstein in 2010, after he was a convicted sex offender.

According to the release, Andrew says he met Epstein in 1999, and "saw him infrequently probably no more than only once or twice a year."

He also confirms that he has stayed at several of Epstein's properties, but says that he did not "see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to [Epstein's] arrest and conviction."

"His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure," the Duke of York writes, before closing with "I deplore the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behavior."

He signed it simply ANDREW.

Read it in full here:

This is the third statement issued by the royal family regarding Prince Andrew's relationship with Epstein this month. It is no doubt a response to the increased media attention Andrew continues to face over his association with Epstein.

On August 19, the Palace issued a statement saying that Andrew is "appalled" by Epstein's alleged crimes.

It reads:

That statement came shortly after a 2010 video of Prince Andrew inside Epstein's New York City home was published by the Daily Mail.

At the time when the video was recorded, Epstein was already a convicted sex offender, who had served 13 months in a Palm Beach county jail after pleading guilty to two prostitution-related charges.

Just one day before Epstein was found dead by apparent suicide, a number of legal documents relating to his criminal case were unsealed, one of which included allegations about Prince Andrew.

When asked about the allegations by NBC News, Buckingham Palace gave the following statement:

That is the same statement given to the Daily Mail when its reporter asked if Andrew was going to comment on Epstein's death.

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Caroline Hallemann

As the digital news director for Town & Country, Caroline Hallemann covers everything from the British royal family to the latest episodes of Outlander, Killing Eve, and The Crown.