In the royal-wedding afterglow, Buckingham Palace still has a major P. O n a snowy Friday afternoon last February, Ed Perkins received an urgent phone call in his ground-floor office at Buckingham Palace. Perkins listened in stunned silence as James unfolded a shocking tale. Her newspaper had obtained an interview with a young woman named Virginia Roberts, who claimed that the billionaire American money manager Jeffrey Epstein had trained her as an under-age prostitute and flown her to London in , when she was just 17 years old, for the express purpose of spending time with Prince Andrew. Standing off to one side in the photo was Ghislaine Maxwell, 49, the stylish and well-connected daughter of the late, disgraced British newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell. Ghislaine Maxwell also denies the allegations and says that she plans to take legal action against a number of British newspapers. After he hung up the phone, Perkins assembled a crisis team consisting of senior Palace officials and lawyers. That opens up everything you would ever wish for.
Having faced a similar scandal in , she says, "I know what it's like". It was 20 years ago that she found herself in a similarly unwelcome spotlight, when racy pictures surfaced documenting her topless rendezvous with American businessman John Bryan. It is deplorable, abhorrent and despicable. If you have opted in for our browser push notifications, and you would like to opt-out, please refer to the following instructions depending on your device and browser. For turning notifications on or off on Google Chrome and Android click here , for Firefox click here , for Safari click here and for Microsoft's Edge click here. FB Twitter ellipsis More. Image zoom.
Sarah Ferguson is definitely one who understands how it feels to be on the wrong end of a royal scandal. So it comes as no surprise that she's expressed sympathy for Kate Middleton as she deals with the media frenzy surrounding the publishing of topless photos. In fact, this particular embarrassment might be a little too familiar for comfort -- Fergie dealt with the release of her own topless photos back in you know, those infamous poolside snaps that ran in the Daily Mirror. I have total empathy and sympathy for her. Everyone is entitled to privacy.
Prince Andrew claims he was being "too honourable" by staying with paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein - but insisted it was "convenient" for him. The grovelling Duke of York has apologised for his friendship with the millionaire saying he "let the side down" in an explosive "unvetted" question interview with BBC's Emily Maitlis. Fergie said wrote a message of support today saying she was with him "every step of the way". The year-old wrote: "It is so rare to meet people that able to speak from their hearts with honesty and pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs.