Pictured: Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein seen in Central Park in New York
The mansion in Manhattan of the convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was notorious for his spinning group of guests.
In his & # 39; car accident & # 39; Newsnight interview compared Prince Andrew's £ 60 million property with a & # 39; train station & # 39; because of the large number of visitors. So far, Royal New York's stay in December 2010 – which was the key to his downfall this week – has been largely in secret.
Today, however, a Daily Mail investigation reveals further details about the extraordinary journey – including a whole new schedule of potential witnesses who were present at the time and who could assist the ongoing FBI probe in the activities of the billionaire.
Prince Andrew claimed that he never & # 39; saw something that aroused his suspicions, although six women and three men were photographed who came in during his stay and left to confirm or refute his account.
Our exclusive photos also show what are probably three male American protection officers. A closer look shows insignia worn by the American diplomatic security detail; their role would most likely have been to protect the visiting royal.
An eyewitness account describes a total of five protection officers who remained a polite distance from Andrew and Epstein as they passed the seal attraction at the Central Park Zoo.
They could all provide important testimonials for the investigation.
Here, with the help of our gallery, including previously unpublished photos, we have described in detail the coming and going during the Prince's visit nine years ago. We have traced the steps of the couple during their infamous walk in Central Park, where Andrew claims he has ended their association.
Our photo file contains close-ups of their intense exchange and a new photo of them in the glamorous designer shopping street Madison Avenue.
There is a clearly icy atmosphere, while the now eighth in line before the throne seems anxiously tapping his phone while Epstein frowns at his side.
The Duke of York has since admitted that it was a mistake to visit the home of the billionaire playboy 17 months after the release of Epstein for prison for child crimes.
Prince Andrew and Epstein saw it after leaving the home of the deceased financier in Manhattan at about 5 June around 5 December 2010
After his resignation from public duties this week, the Prince indicated that he would speak to FBI investigators investigating Epstein while preparing for a summons from US lawyers who demanded that he provide evidence under oath.
Our new photos can help investigators identify potentially vital new witnesses and determine if the American pedophile committed violations after his release from prison.
They could also help the besieged royal family erase its name from alleged misconduct. A former head of the Scotland Yard protection team, retired With Chief Supt Dai Davies, said agents should now make statements from protection officers who accompanied Prince Andrew on his many journeys to see the shamed American financier, who died in an apparent suicide in a new York City federal prison in August.
THE TIME LINE
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The prince spent at least five days on this occasion in Epstein's 21,000 square meter house.
It started with him as a guest of honor at a dinner organized by Peggy Siegal, New York's party planner. It was to celebrate the release of Epstein from an 18-month prison sentence for sex with underage girls. It was undoubtedly an attempt to cleanse Epstein's image and reintegrate him into the society of Manhattan.
On the guest list were film director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi, Katie Couric, then the highest paid female TV anchor in America, George Stephanopoulos, a former White House communication director under President Bill Clinton, comedian Chelsea Handler and TV news host Charlie Rose.
Mr. Allen and Mr. Rose have both been accused of sexual misconduct, regardless of the Epstein case.
Miss Handler recently told the New York Times that & # 39; it was just one of those strange nights & # 39 ;.
She said that Miss Siegal had not really made it clear who was organizing the event and added: & # 39; The invitation was positioned as: & # 39; Do you want to dine with Prince Andrew? & # 39;
Another participant was Eva Andersson-Dubin, the wife of financier Glenn Dubin, who was accused of having sex with the alleged victims of Epstein – he strongly denied any wrongdoing.
Asked by Newsnight interviewer Emily Maitlis about the party, Andrew said: & # 39; No, I didn't go. Oh, there was certainly no celebration in 2010 to celebrate his release in December, because it was a small dinner, there were only eight or ten, I think during dinner. If there was a party, I wouldn't know anything about it & # 39 ;.
Miss Maitlis challenged Andrew: & # 39; You were invited as a guest of honor for that dinner. & # 39;
He replied: & # 39; Well, I was there so there was a dinner, I don't think it was quite the way you could say it, but yes, OK, I was there for … I was there during a dinner , yes. & # 39;
Andrew continued his stay at Epstein's house on Friday, December 3. In the interview with Newsnight, he downplayed his contact with Epstein: & Actually, the truth is that I actually only saw him for what the dinner, the walk in the park, and probably the passage passed. & # 39;
This is what our photo file reveals …
Sunday, December 5
half past eleven: Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn are leaving East 71st St, the largest residential home in Manhattan.
11:42: Susan Hamblin, a trusted confidant of Epstein, is seen leaving. She is wearing a blue puffer jacket and is holding her cell phone against her chest, a black designer bag on her arm.
12:07: A guard – with sunglasses, gray trousers and a dark jacket – presumably from the American diplomatic security service, who is responsible for protecting visiting foreign dignitaries, arrives at the house.
Around 1.40 pm: Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein leave the building and head west into Central Park on 72nd Street, followed by five guards.
Sunday, December 5, 2010. 11.30 am: Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn see Epstein's home abandoned
One witness told the Daily Mail that the protection officers remotely adopted a star-shaped pattern to give Epstein and Andrew privacy to talk, rather than stay close as they normally do with dignitaries. Our photos show that Andrew is making a claw-like movement with his hand as if he is trying to reason with Epstein, who is ahead of him.
Their body language is striking and suggests Epstein in dominance and Andrew with a more conciliatory attitude.
The two men walk south past a playground and through the Central Park Zoo, where they are said to have passed the sea lions viewing area, an unlikely location for a confidential discussion.
They leave the park on 62nd St and head east to Madison Avenue, which they walk back to 71st St .. Our previously unpublished photo shows them at 2:00 pm past designer fashion store Chloe with Andrew apparently texting & # 39; and on his phone.
11.42 am: Susan Hamblin, a long-term confidant who is leaving
12.07pm: Man with dark glasses arrives at Epstein's home
Around 2.15 pm: They come home and make their total walk for almost half an hour. According to Andrew, by that time he had ended their friendship.
Andrew spoke about the conversation in the Newsnight interview and said: & # 39; We had the opportunity to take a walk in the park and that was the conversation that happened to be photographed when I said to him, I said: & # 39; Look, because of what happened, I don't think it's appropriate that we keep in touch & # 39 ;.
& # 39; And by mutual agreement we decided during that walk in the park that we would say goodbye and I left, I think it was the next day.
& # 39; And to this day I have never had contact with him again. & # 39;
Asked by Miss Maitlis how Epstein said it, Andrew said that & # 39; he was what I would describe as understanding & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; He didn't go deep into the conversation about what I was. . . what he did, except to say that, whatever it was, he had accepted a plea, he had served his time, and he went on with his life if you know what I mean.
& # 39; And I said: & # 39; Yes, but I'm afraid to say that maybe, but with all the attention from me, I don't think it's wise to do & # 39;. & # 39;
9:45 am: Epstein comes out the front door with a dark-haired woman who appears to be in her twenties in a black jacket and an orange scarf. Epstein, dressed in a white winter coat with a fur trim, hugs and kisses her while walking.
Monday, December 6
12:39: The first photo of the day shows an older security guard with a dark mustache and smooth gray hair leaving.
02:06: An unidentified brunette woman leaves in dark glasses. She appears to be in her twenties and wears a black leather jacket, a gray hat and a large black shoulder bag.
02:09: Another security guard, a younger man with dark hair, enters the house.
Monday, December 6, 12.39 pm: the person who is regarded as a guard leaves the country house
14.06 hrs: A brunette woman with a large shoulder bag is leaving
03:11: A second unknown woman with long dark hair, apparently in her twenties, leaves. She is wearing a red wool hat and a long gray puffer jacket. She also carries a large black shoulder bag.
03:35: A blonde woman in her 30s & 30s leaves. She is wearing a white shirt under a dark brown sheepskin coat with fur trim.
03:46: The arrival of a tall woman with long dark hair.
At some point in the afternoon, Epstein came out of the house in his white winter coat. His confidant, Mrs. Hamblin, also came out and talked to a waiting Bentley's driver and seemed to ask him something.
Returning to the front door, she rang the bell, and when it rang, Sarah Kellen, an old Epstein employee accused of recruiting young girls for him, left Miss Hamblin with a smile.
2.09 pm: A dark-haired man who is supposed to be a guard arrives at the house
3.11 pm: a woman in a red hat with a large shoulder bag is leaving
half past four: This is the moment when the now infamous video was made of Andrew happily waving at Katherine Keating, the daughter of former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating.
The duke smiles and waves as Miss Keating, dressed in a long black coat with a large black bag over her arm, steps out of the 15-meter-high oak doors.
While she is calling a taxi, Andrew sneaks around the door before disappearing inside.
At this time, no fewer than six women and three security guards had been seen who arrived or left Epstein's home during Andrew's stay. All potential witnesses for the FBI case.
Emily Maitlis of Newsnight challenged Andrew to see suspicious activity.
3.35 pm: a blonde woman in a fur-trimmed jacket is leaving
3.46 pm: a stately woman with long dark hair arrives
& # 39; During that time, those few days, witnesses say they saw many young girls coming and going.
& # 39; There are video footage of Epstein accompanied by young girls and you stayed in his house to catch up with friends. & # 39;
Andrew said: & # 39; I never … I mean, if there was then, I wasn't in it. I've never seen them.
Ik I mean, you have to understand that his house, I described it more like a train station, if you understand what I mean in the sense that people were coming in and out of that house all the time.
& # 39; What they did and why they were there, I had nothing to do. So I'm afraid I can't comment on that, because I really don't know. & # 39;
4.30 pm: Katherine Keating, the daughter of the former Australian Prime Minister, leaves
Tuesday, December 7
Another young female guest saw the house leave in the afternoon.
Her suitcases were loaded into a waiting car and the label of her incoming flight was still on it.
They apparently came from Russia, as the tag said Aeroflot, the Russian national airline, and the date was November 19.
What was apparently intended as a restrained visit by Prince Andrew to his old friend Epstein, was blown apart weeks later when the now-defunct World News took a picture of them together through Central Park.
The circumstances in which the photograph was taken, which undoubtedly shows the closeness of their friendship, still astonishes the duke.
During the BBC interview, he was asked for suggestions from his friends that Epstein wanted the photo to be taken and & # 39; maybe he even set it up & # 39 ;.
Andrew replied: & # 39; Again, new information has appeared since his suicide prompted us to re-evaluate that walk in the park.
& # 39; We cannot find evidence – or my staff and my people and I cannot find evidence – to suggest that he did.
& # 39; I mean, you can look at it in so many different ways.
& # 39; The fact is that someone took that photo very cleverly. It was not as far as I remember – nor can my security people remember – that someone was present or close by because there was sufficient security in the area. & # 39;
And so the mysteries surrounding Andrew's visit to his pedophile friend and the questions about what he told Newsnight are getting deeper and deeper.
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