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Prince Andrew: Banished

In 1999, Prince Andrew was introduced to Jeffrey Epstein through a mutual friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. The prince met Maxwell while she was a university student at Oxford and their subsequent, close-knit relationship led many to believe that they were dating.

Prince Andrew: Banished

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According to the Daily Mirror, flight logs show that Prince Andrew flew with Maxwell and Epstein in February 1999 aboard Epstein's personal jet to Little St. James, the financier's private Caribbean island. That same year, the prince allegedly hosted both Epstein and Maxwell at Balmoral Castle, according to a model who also attended the trip and later recounted it to Daily Mail.

In February 2000, the trio were spotted at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida before Prince Andrew and Maxwell attended a fashion show together in New York. On May 12, 2000, the prince, alongside Maxwell and supermodel Naomi Campbell, flew on Epstein's personal jet to his Palm Beach estate, where Epstein and Maxwell allegedly molested and sexually abused underage girls and young women.

The following day, Prince Andrew and Maxwell were seen attending the Royal Ascot together. Then, in September 2000, the pair attended the Wiltshire wedding of the prince's former girlfriend, Aurelia Cecil. On October 31, 2000, Prince Andrew and Maxwell attended Heidi Klum's Halloween party in Manhattan. And in December 2000, Prince Andrew hosted both Epstein and Maxwell for what he claimed was just "a straightforward shooting weekend."

In his 2019 BBC Newsnight interview, the prince said he had "no recollection of ever meeting this lady [Giuffre], none whatsoever" when asked about the allegations made against him. He adamantly denied all the accusations and firmly claimed that he didn't remember meeting Giuffre, even though his first encounter with her was photographed.

On Jan. 13 this year, the Queen stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles and patronages amid the lawsuit. Although he can no longer be addressed as "His Royal Highness," the prince can still use his title as the Duke of York and keep his position in line to the throne. Royal experts, however, have indicated that "King Charles has no plans to include him in the future of the monarchy," per Variety.

Andrew was accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a then-17-year-old who had allegedly been sexually trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell. Earlier this year, the prince paid her a reported $12 million settlement after Giuffre sued him for sexual abuse.

Jobson quotes royal sources who described the prince as an emotional character who, along with his brother Prince Harry, has occasionally unpredictable "extreme mood swings" - as did their mum, Princess Diana.

Prince Andrew was born at the Tatoi Palace[2] just north of Athens on 2 February 1882, the fourth son of George I of Greece. A member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, he was a prince of both Greece and Denmark, as his father was a younger son of Christian IX of Denmark. He was in the line of succession to the Greek and more distantly to the Danish throne.

In 1909, the political situation in Greece led to a coup d'état, as the Athens government refused to support the Cretan parliament, which had called for the union of Crete (still nominally part of the Ottoman Empire) with the Greek mainland. A group of dissatisfied officers formed a Greek nationalist Military League and demanded, among other reforms, the removal of royal princes from the army, which led to Prince Andrew's resignation from the army and the rise to power of Eleftherios Venizelos.[12]A few years later, at the outbreak of the Balkan Wars in 1912, Andrew was reinstated in the army as a lieutenant colonel in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment,[13] and placed in command of a field hospital.[14] During the war, his father was assassinated and Andrew inherited a villa on the island of Corfu, Mon Repos. In 1914, Andrew (like many European princes) held honorary military posts in both the German and Russian empires, as well as Prussian, Russian, Danish and Italian knighthoods.[15]

The Greek defeat in Asia Minor in August 1922 led to the 11 September 1922 Revolution, during which Prince Andrew was arrested, court-martialed, and found guilty of "disobeying an order" and "acting on his own initiative" during the battle of the previous year. Many defendants in the treason trials that followed the coup were shot, including Hatzianestis and five senior politicians.[25] British diplomats assumed that Andrew was also in mortal danger. Andrew, though spared, was banished for life and his family fled into exile aboard a British cruiser, HMS Calypso.[26] The family settled at Saint-Cloud on the outskirts of Paris, in a small house loaned to them by Andrew's wealthy sister-in-law, Princess George of Greece.[27] He and his family were stripped of their Greek nationality, and traveled under Danish passports.[28]

He died in the Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo, Monaco, of heart failure and arteriosclerosis in the closing months of the war in Europe.[4] Andrew was at first buried in the Russian Orthodox church in Nice, but in 1946 his remains were transferred, by the Greek cruiser Averof, to the royal cemetery at Tatoi Palace, near Athens.[36] Prince Philip and then-private secretary, Mike Parker, traveled to Monte Carlo to collect items belonging to his father from Andrée de La Bigne; among these items: a signet ring which the Prince wore from then onwards, an ivory shaving brush he took to using, and some clothes he had adapted to fit him.[2] Prince Andrew left to his only son seven-tenths of his estate, but he also left behind a debt of 17,500, leading Philip's maternal grandmother, Victoria Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven, to complain bitterly of the extravagance the Greek prince had been led into by his French mistress.[2]

In depth look at the life of the dishonored prince. Maybe the most revealing piece was how appalled the British journalists, royal press secretaries and socialites were. Not with the reprehensible and illegal behavior, but with the interview Andrew gave and how openly he conducted himself. 041b061a72


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