16:48 GMT26 January 2021
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    Virginia Roberts, now 37, has claimed she was trafficked for sex by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, while also specifically accusing the Duke of York of having sex with her when she was a teenage girl.

    The Daily Mail has shared shocking details about the day Prince Andrew allegedly slept with an underage girl, claiming it has obtained testimonies from new witnesses and seen "sensitive documents" on the matter, as well as spoken with high-ranking sources.

    Virginia Roberts claims that Epstein made her sleep with the Duke of York at least three times back in 2001, when she was only 17. One of these occasions allegedly took place in the London home of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on 10 March.

    Prince Andrew rejected the accusations in an interview last year, claiming he spent that March day in Woking at a Pizza Express birthday bash. His statements were widely ridiculed, as many considered it to be a rather lame alibi.

    Funnily enough, when asked why he would remember such an insignificant event, the Duke of York replied, "Because going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do ... I've only been to Woking a couple of times and I remember it weirdly distinctly".

    On top of everything else in the said interview, Prince Andrew even defended his friendship with the convicted paedophile Epstein, triggering widespread backlash in Britain that eventually led to his departure from public duties.

    New Details of Pizza Express B-Day Party

    The recent report cites the family who hosted the infamous bash and the Duke's housekeeping staff. The two groups either have "vague" recollections of the 10 March 2001 events or do not remember what happened at all. In particular, Princess Beatrice reportedly has "absolutely no recollection" of the birthday party her father claims they attended that day. The family who arranged the party could not recall if Prince Andrew attended it, while the housekeepers on duty could not remember the Duke of York's whereabouts that day.

    Interestingly, the royal protection officer on duty that March day, and someone who could possibly support the Pizza Express alibi, has since died, the report added.

    But probably the most shocking revelation in the publication is that the Duke of York had reportedly booked a home manicure for that day.

    Suspicions have also been raised over the inconsistency of Roberts' claims - she said she went clubbing with Prince Andrew that day, but she also claimed they allegedly had sex in a bathtub.

    Epstein Case

    Prince Andrew is said to be among the many dignitaries and celebrities the late Epstein organised private parties for with the help of now-disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

    Epstein died in custody while he was awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. According to information provided by the authorities, Epstein committed suicide in his prison cell. The circumstances surrounding his death, however, particularly the mysteriously missing footage of his cell on that day, has fuelled speculation that he was actually murdered so that the disgraced billionaire could not testify against his high-profile friends, who reportedly were frequent guests at his private parties.

     

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