Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Prince Brings Shame on Royals and UK

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Prince Brings Shame on Royals and UK

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FROM the British royal family to former US presidents, American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein counted them all as friends.

Whether it be at his private Caribbean island, New Mexico ranch, Miami mansion or New York townhouse, his doors were always open to the world's most powerful men.

But not only did Epstein's wealth provide him with a portfolio of palatial homes in some of the world's most sought after locations, it also brought what he craved the most, privacy.

He wanted a safe haven for his predilection - orgies with underage girls young enough to be his granddaughters.

His homes were places where glamour collided head on with scandal.

A string of underage girls allegedly flitted in and out of the houses, attending naked parties and, police documents showed, providing massages to Epstein and other guests.

Looking Andrew leaves resort in Eventually his level of offending became so great it came on to the police's radar.

Within weeks they had identified more than 40 victims, but in doing so they also heard that one of Epstein's frequent guests was none other than Prince Andrew.

The pair had been long-standing friends, often holidaying together and visiting each other's homes.

The billionaire once stayed for a weekend party at Sandringham, the Queen's Norfolk home, and was a guest at the Queen's birthday party in 2000 in Windsor.

In 2001 he holidayed with the Prince in Thailand, when Andrew was photographed surrounded by topless women on a yacht.

But, despite a wealth of evidence against Epstein, who was initially looking at 15 years in prison, high powered lawyers assisted with a little help from his friends in power saw his 'sex slaves' robbed of justice.

A plea deal, now the subject of legal action by four of his victims, saw him serve little more than a year in prison.

But despite the conviction it failed to stop the Prince visiting his friend in New York following the disgraced banker's release from jail. …

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