Here is a timeline of the duke’s relationship with Epstein.
Andrew meets Epstein first, allegedly introduced by his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell.
Andrew welcomes Epstein to the Queen’s private Scottish retreat in Aberdeenshire. Andrew later says he sees Epstein “rarely,” and adds “probably no more than just once or twice a year.”
Andrew and Mrs. Maxwell are seen on holiday with Epstein in the Mar-a-Lago Club of Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein and Mrs. Maxwell attend a party at Windsor Castle, organized by the Queen on the occasion of Andrew’s 40th birthday, the 50th of the Princess, the 100th of the Queen Mother and the 70th of Princess Margaret.
Virginia Roberts claims to have “had sex with Andrew three times,” including one orgy, with the first meeting reportedly taking place at Maxwell’s London mansion. Mrs. Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew twice more, at Epstein’s New York home and in an “orgy” on his private island in the Caribbean.
Epstein admits prostitutes and is sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Epstein has been released from prison. Andrew is photographed with the disgraced Epstein in Central Park in New York.
Image material appears years later, reportedly recorded on December 6, 2010 and shows him in the mansion of Epstein in Manhattan, from where he is seen from a large door of the building, waving a goodbye to a woman after Epstein leaves to get into a driver’s car .
The duke quits his role as British trade envoy after the fall-out of Central Park photos.
Buckingham Palace denies that Andrew committed any impropriety after being mentioned in US legal documents relating to Epstein. A woman, later mentioned in reports as Mrs. Roberts, claims in papers filed in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, who is younger than the age of consent in the state.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Andrew replied, in his first public engagement since he was embroiled in the allegations, saying: “First of all, I think I should and should state that the events have taken place in recent weeks .
“I just want to repeat and reconfirm the statements Buckingham Palace has already made on my behalf.”
In April, the federal court ruling removed the claims against Andrew from the US Civil Registry.
Newly released legal documents show that Johanna Sjoberg, another alleged victim of Epstein, claimed that Andrew touched her breast while in 2001 on a couch in the billionaire’s Manhattan apartment.
Buckingham Palace said the allegations are “categorically not true.”
Epstein is found dead in his prison cell on August 10 after he committed suicide after being accused of sex trafficking.
Later that month, a pilot on Epstein’s private jet claims that Andrew was a passenger on previous flights with the financier and Mrs. Roberts.
The Sun newspaper reported that David Rodgers, in a testimony released in August, said that Epstein, Andrew, and then 17-year-old traveled to the US Virgin Islands on April 11, 2001.
Buckingham Palace describes the statement of evidence as “a number of inconsistencies,” and said that Andrew was in some cases on a different continent.
After the death of Epstein, a statement from the palace says that Andrew “is shocked by recent reports about the alleged crimes of Jeffrey Epstein.”
For the first time since 2015 breaking his silence on the issue, Andrew then released a statement on August 24 saying: “I have not seen such behavior at any stage of the limited time I spent with him (Epstein) or suspected that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction. ”
On November 16, the prince gave a “disastrous” BBC interview in which he spoke about his friendship with Epstein and raised allegations of his own sexual behavior.
He was confronted with a barrage of criticism after his television appearance, in which the royal accused a lack of empathy with the victims of Epstein.
During the interview, Andrew, interrogated by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, twice stated that his relationship with Epstein, who died in prison while being confronted with sex-indictment, had some “very favorable results”, giving him the opportunity to meet people to meet and prepare for a future role as a trade envoy.
The Duke denied having three times with Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims, while she was a minor, and said a meeting in 2001 did not happen because he spent the day with his daughter Princess Beatrice, who took her to Pizza Express in Waking up for a party.
The same alleged sexual relationship that the American said began to sweat royally while they were dancing in London’s Tramp nightclub was actually wrong because the duke had a medical condition at the time, which meant that he wasn’t sweating.
He doubted the authenticity of a photo that Andrew seems to show with his arm around Mrs. Giuffre’s waist when he was a teenager.