Anatomy of a fight: how Prince Andrew's statement about friendship with Jeffrey Epstein raises and answers questions
- Prince Andrew issued a statement about rumors about Epstein friendship
- Two weeks after the suicide of the billionaire pedophile entered the cell in New York
- Letter tries to address the different times they have met for 11 years, but also offers the prince a chance to distance himself from his & # 39; employee & # 39;
Two weeks after the suicide at Jeffrey Epstein's prison, Prince Andrew openly addressed issues arising from his controversial friendship with the pedophile.
Here we analyze the official weekend statement of the Duke of York …
Blame the press
Want to blame the press, while his close ties with Epstein are far from mere & # 39; speculation & # 39; are and factually and well documented in many photos and legal documents.
Why does the palace say a & # 39; association & # 39; or a & # 39; friendship & # 39 ;? There is a clear difference. He tries to distance himself from the Epstein scandal by the word & # 39; association & # 39; to use? Other confidants of the couple have described that they have a close friendship, with Epstein himself referring to the prince as & # 39; Andy & # 39 ;.
A late statement
Although supposedly & # 39; enthusiastic & # 39; to set the record straight, this statement was issued two weeks after Epstein's death – and offers little new insight. Buckingham Palace did not answer detailed questions a few years earlier that could provide a comprehensive explanation of their relationship. It is also more than & # 39; speculation & # 39; – reports are based on hard facts.
Prince Andrew (photo) remained pleasant with Epstein in 2010, despite the fact that the financier has just been released from an 18-month jail term for sexual crimes under the age of
The flight records filed in court show that the two men might have met before 1999. In April 1998, Epstein met Andrew & ex 39; s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and his daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, in the Bahamas. Andrew traveled with the jet from Epstein to his private Caribbean island on February 9, 1999 for a three-day stay, which may be considered unusual for a first meeting.
How often have they met?
Royals' life is meticulously differentiated, so it should be possible to give a full account of where and when he met and stayed at Epstein. Media stories indicate that the couple met more than twice in some years and that Andrew often stayed with him for several days. The statement also fails to describe Epstein's visits to Windsor Castle, Balmoral and Sandringham.
A lack of suspicion
Many of Epstein's acquaintances have said that he was flaunted by the fact that he was often accompanied by girls and women who are now known as his & # 39; sex slaves & # 39 ;. Didn't Andrew notice anything strange about the number of female partners? Why didn't he drop him like a rock after his arrest and conviction? Andrew should be rather unobtrusive not to become suspicious of his friend at all.
Why didn't he stay away?
Andrew continued to occupy himself with Epstein in 2010, despite the fact that the financier had just been released from an 18-month prison sentence for under-age sexual crimes.
Will he help the police?
Although he is not accused of misconduct, the duke can help answer many unanswered questions by talking to the police, either in the UK or in the US.
Try to cut links
This seems like a late attempt to break with his association with Epstein and to align with the American victims of sex crimes in a # MeToo way.
A strange sentence
The word & # 39; lifestyle & # 39; is a very curious description of Epstein's grotesque crimes and has been condemned as treating sexual abuse of young women as a & # 39; lifestyle & # 39; choice and not as a harmful crime.
What's in a name?
Casually signing out with just his first name, instead of his official title the Duke of York, is unusually informal – especially for such a very serious case.
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