Prince Andrew has tried to downplay his relationships since being accused of sexual abuse by Virginia Guiffre, with whom he settled out of court for the allegations. Indeed he had said he wasn’t close with Jeffrey Epstein, despite a BBC interview showing the opposite. He has also been downplaying his relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell. An insider has given an insight into the pair’s relationship.
Prince Andrew gave ‘unrestricted access’ to Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell has just been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking minors for billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew has been caught in this affair after Virginia Guiffre sued him for sexual abuse.
It would seem that the Duke of York and Ghislaine Maxwell were closer than they let on according to an ex-Palace aide. Indeed, according to Paul Page, who allegedly worked as a royal protection officer between 1998 and 2004, Ghislaine Maxwell had ‘unrestricted access’ to the Palace.
Paul Page revealed to The Sun:
We would wave her in and she would go straight to the quad and straight up to the Duke of York's apartments.
She had access like no other individual outside the Royal Family. She was on another level.
Palace aides believed they had an ‘intimate relationship’
Paul Page then explained to The Sun that he and other Palace staff believed that Prince Andrew and Maxwell were in some form of relationship as they spent so much time together.
She was allowed to enter and exit the Palace night and day at will,
Myself and my other colleagues formed the opinion they were in some sort of relationship
The idea of their ‘intimate relationship’ was fortified when Page saw the pair having an ‘intimate picnic’ on Palace grounds. What added to the unusual circumstances of their was the fact that Prince Andrew had supposedly requested Maxwell’s visit were kept out of the visitors' book.