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Virginia Giuffre interview: Prince Andrew encounter 'left me feeling horrified and ashamed', accuser tells Panorama

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 02/12/2019 Katy Clifton
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A woman who claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York has said she was left "horrified and ashamed" by the experience.

Ms Giuffre alleges she was trafficked by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was a teenager, which he categorically denies.

In her first UK television interview with BBC Panorama, Ms Giuffre said she had sex with Andrew after meeting inside a London nightclub.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a black hat: Prince Andrew, Duke of York (AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Prince Andrew, Duke of York (AFP via Getty Images)

She said the experience left her "horrified and ashamed", claiming he thanked her and walked out of the room after the alleged sexual encounter.

Andrew categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.

Buckingham Palace previously branded the allegations “false and without any foundation”, stating: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the duke was “categorically untrue”.

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In the Panorama interview, Ms Giuffre said: “It didn’t last very long, the whole entire procedure. It was disgusting.

"He wasn’t mean or anything but he got up and he said ‘Thanks’ and walked out.

“I sat there in bed, just horrified and ashamed and felt dirty. I had to get up and have a shower.”

a close up of a woman: Duke of York's accuser Virginia Giuffre (PA) © Provided by Evening Standard Duke of York's accuser Virginia Giuffre (PA)

She added: “The next day Ghislaine tells me I did a really good job. She pats me on the back and said ‘You made him really happy’.”

In tears, Ms Giuffre added: “It was a wicked time in my life. It was a really scary time in my life. I had just been abused by a member of the royal family… These powerful people were my chains.”

Ms Giuffre claimed she was introduced to Andrew at Tramps nightclub and asked by the duke to dance.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York et al. posing for a photo: Prince Andrew's accuser Virginia Giuffre will appear on Panorama (BBC) © Provided by Evening Standard Prince Andrew's accuser Virginia Giuffre will appear on Panorama (BBC)

She told Panorama reporter Darragh Macintyre: “He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life.

“It was horrible and this guy was sweating all over me, his sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere, I was just like grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine would have expected from me.”

Ms Giuffre said she was told the duke was coming back to Ghislaine Maxwell’s house, saying: “Ghislaine tells me I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey, and that made me sick.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a suit and tie: (BBC) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited (BBC)

“I just didn’t expect if from royalty. I didn’t expect it from someone that people look up to and admire in the royal family.”

In his recent Newsnight interview, Andrew claimed he had a medical condition in 2001, after suffering an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when he was shot at, which meant he did not sweat.

Denying he had ever met Ms Giuffre, the duke told the BBC last month: “I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: Ghislaine Maxwell attends Polo Ralph Lauren host Victories of Athlete Ally at Polo Ralph Lauren Store on November 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) © 2015 Patrick McMullan NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: Ghislaine Maxwell attends Polo Ralph Lauren host Victories of Athlete Ally at Polo Ralph Lauren Store on November 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Ms Giuffre also told how while working as a 17-year-old locker room attendant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida she was approached by Ms Maxwell to train as a massage therapist.

“They seemed like nice people so I trusted them,” she said of Ms Maxwell and Epstein, who died awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Ms Giuffre told the couple she had had a difficult time and had been a runaway and sexually abused.

“That was the worst thing I could have told them because now they knew how vulnerable I was,” she said.

Buckingham Palace has previously branded the allegations against Andrew “false and without any foundation”, stating: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the duke was “categorically untrue”.

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