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Sunday, May 19, 2024
Lifestyle

Prince Andrew ‘Totally Tormented’ Over Publication of Epstein Names

Plus, King Charles’ Christmas Day broadcast will reportedly have an eco-focus, while Harry and Meghan hope for a year of “redemption,” and “healing” with the royal family.


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Andrew in “deep despair” over Epstein name list

Prince Andrew is “totally tormented,” after learning his name will appear alongside more than 170 of Jeffrey Epstein’s powerful friends and associates—some of whom have not previously been publicly identified—when a tranche of court documents are published in January, the Mail on Sunday reports.

The Mail says Andrew is in “deep despair” at the prospect of the scandal of his relationship with the billionaire pedophile returning to the headlines.

The documents are part of a US defamation case brought against Ghislaine Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the Epstein sex-trafficking victim who accused Andrew of sexual assaulting her when she was 17, and who received a reputed $14 million from him to settle the case. (Andrew has always denied her allegations.)

“Andrew’s name is in there,” one source told the Mail on Sunday of the list. “He is beside himself with this latest development and everyone close to him is concerned for his mental wellbeing. He is at a loss, totally tormented. He is facing his second Christmas without his mother and now the New Year is going to start with his name being dragged through the mud all over again.”

The Mail on Sunday says “other names set to be made public in the new documents include Wall Street bankers, business leaders and big-name politicians and academics.”

As The Daily Beast reported, some documents will likely include references to Johanna Sjoberg, who claimed Britain’s Prince Andrew groped her at Epstein’s New York townhouse in 2001 (which he denies); Doug Band, an ex-adviser to former President Bill Clinton; and Cathy and Miles Alexander, the onetime house managers of Epstein’s U.S. Virgin Islands residence.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: “Every time Andrew hopes to put his association with Epstein in the past, it flares up again. It doesn’t matter that he has never been charged, let alone convicted, of any wrongdoing, his name keeps getting dragged through the mud by association. This is going to hang over him all Christmas. You have to wonder when it will ever end.”

Charles will deliver eco-Christmas message: report

King Charles will deliver a Christmas Day address focused on living sustainably and the environment, the Mail on Sunday reports.

He filmed it in Buckingham Palace in front of a living Christmas tree, the paper said—“potted with its roots intact rather than one which has been cut down. And all its decorations are environmentally friendly, too, crafted from plants or made from recyclable material.”

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