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"I have a peculiar medical condition." The 8 strangest claims from Prince Andrew's BBC interview.

The royal family don’t often sit down for warts-and-all one-on-one interviews about their private lives, and when they do, it very rarely goes well.

Queen Elizabeth’s second son Prince Andrew, known as the Duke of York, would’ve been hoping to set out the fires surrounding him over his friendship with late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, but instead he seems to have poured petrol on them.

Epstein, who reportedly took his own life in his Manhattan jail cell around August 10, had created a sex trafficking ring which allowed himself and his rich, powerful friends to have sex with underage girls – some allegedly as young as 12. Epstein also paid his victims to recruit new girls for him to abuse in his Manhattan, New York and Palm Beach, Florida residences.

When asked if he has a message for Epstein victim Virginia Guiffre Roberts, Prince Andrew says he doesn’t. Post continues below video.

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Prince Andrew, 59, sat down with BBC‘s Emily Maitlis on Saturday night as he was questioned about his relationship Jeffrey Epstein and the allegations from his victims. Since Epstein’s death in August, details about the disgraced billionaire’s sex trafficking ring have continued to be revealed.

Viewers were left confused and unconvinced by the prince’s explanations and excuses, with many, including high-profile commentators, condemning his performance. Here are the eight most concerning moments from the interview.

1. “Unbecoming”.

When asked if he regretted his relationship with Epstein, which continued after the financier was released from prison for soliciting a minor for prostitution, Prince Andrew used a mind-blowingly weak word to describe his ex-friend.

“Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming?” Prince Andrew said. “Yes.”

“Unbecoming?” Maitlis replied, pointing out how big of an understatement that was. “He was a sex offender.”

The Duke quickly backtracked, saying: “Yeah, I’m sorry, I’m being polite. I mean, in the sense that he was a sex offender.”

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Emily Maitlis interviews Prince Andrew. Image: BBC/YouTube.
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The short exchange perhaps best summed up an interview where Andrew seemed unable to grasp the gravity of the allegations surrounding him.

2. On his friendship with Epstein.

Maitlis asked the prince why he visited Epstein in New York in 2010, after Epstein had served time for sex offences against underage girls. During this visit, the pair were infamously photographed walking in Central Park and at Epstein's $82 million mansion.

Andrew said the purpose of the trip was to break off their friendship, something he said would've been too cowardly to do with a phone call.

"I had a number of people counsel me in both directions, either to go and see him or not to go and see him and I took the judgement call that because this was serious and I felt that doing it over the telephone was the chicken’s way of doing it. I had to go and see him and talk to him," Andrew said.

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Image: YouTube/BBC.

Epstein was a registered sex offender by that point - What was there to talk about?

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"I took the decision that it was I who had to show leadership and I had to go and see him and I had to tell him 'that's it'," he said.

Despite all this, Andrew said his relationship with Epstein had "some seriously beneficial outcomes" unrelated to the sex offences.

3. His reason for staying at Epstein's house.

During this trip, the purpose of which was apparently to break up their friendship, Andrew stayed at Epstein's Manhattan mansion.

Maitlis challenged this decision and Andrew tried to justify it: "It was a convenient place to stay," he said, saying he made the mistake due to being "too honourable".

Maitlis pressed him, arguing a four-day stay was a weird way to end a friendship. There was also, of course, no shortage of fancy New York City hotels Andrew could afford to stay in.

"At the time I felt it was the honourable and right thing to do and I admit fully that my judgement was probably coloured by my tendency to be too honourable, but that’s just the way it is," he explained.

"I could easily have gone and stayed somewhere else, but sheer convenience of being able to get a hold of the man was... I mean he was in and out all over the place. So getting him in one place for a period of time to actually have a long enough conversation to say look, these are the reasons why [the friendship was over]… and that happened on the walk."

4. His pizza party alibi.

Virginia Roberts-Giuffre was 16 when she was first assaulted by Epstein.

Nine months after meeting him, Roberts-Giuffre said she was "trafficked to other billionaires" and flown around the world so they could have sex with her.

She alleged one of them was Prince Andrew.

"We went to [London nightclub] Tramp and he [Prince Andrew] danced with me. And he sweats a lot and he smells funny. And then we get in the car and [Epstein's girlfriend and alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell] tells me in the car that I have to do what I do for Jeffrey for Prince Andrew and that’s where I learned what was going to happen," she told 60 Minutes.

Andrew claimed this could not have happened on the night in question- 10 March, 2001 - because he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice out for pizza.

"I was with the children and I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at I suppose four or five in the afternoon. And then because the duchess [Sarah Ferguson] was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other is there."

He said he remembered it specifically because it was an unusual day for him.

"Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do. I’ve never been… I’ve only been to Woking a couple of times and I remember it weirdly distinctly. As soon as somebody reminded me of it, I went 'oh yes, I remember that'."

Just 17 years old at the time, Roberts-Giuffre alleged she was trafficked to Prince Andrew for sex three times - once in London, once in New York, and once on Epstein's private island.

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Speaking about a photo of them together, in which his arm is around Roberts-Giuffre's waist, Andrew said he had "no recollection of that photograph ever being taken".

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Prince Andrew photographed with Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, one of Epstein's most vocal accusers. Image: Twitter.

He said the photo looked like it was taken upstairs in Maxwell's house, somewhere "I don't think I ever went".

As a member of the royal family he was "not one to, as it were, hug, and public displays of affection are not something that I do," he claimed. Following this, Twitter blew up with images rejecting this claim, showing Andrew being affectionate with other women in public.

He also seemed to question the authenticity of the image: "I'm afraid to say that I don't believe that photograph was taken in the way that has been suggested. If the original was ever produced, then perhaps we might be able to solve it but I can't," he said.

5. No sweat.

He further denied Roberts-Giuffre's claims by offering a bizarre defence involving the Falklands War and a sweating issue.

He said that Roberts-Giuffre claims that he had sweated heavily during their alleged time together were inaccurate because "I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don’t sweat".

"I didn't sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when I was shot at," he said, adding that he does sweat now.

6. "A mental health issue".

Towards the end of the interview, Andrew mentioned his mental health.

He said that choosing to talk about the allegations against him was "almost a mental health issue to some extent for me", adding that "it's been nagging at my mind for a great many years".

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He gave no mention of the mental health of Epstein's victims.

7. Claiming ignorance.

Andrew's main defence throughout the interview was claiming he could not recall ever meeting victims, ever seeing young women go in and out of Epstein's home or ever knowing about Epstein 2006 arrest warrant (after which he invited the American to Princess Beatrice's 18th birthday party at Windsor Castle).

Virgina holds up a photo of herself and Prince Andrew in a magazine.
Virgina Roberts-Giuffre holds up a photo of herself and Prince Andrew in a magazine. Image: Supplied/60 Minutes.

He also said there was no way he could've had sex with any young women trafficked by Epstein, because he can't remember.

"If you're a man it is a positive act to have sex with somebody. You have to take some sort of positive action and so therefore if you try to forget it's very difficult to try and forget a positive action and I do not remember anything.

"I can't, I've wracked my brain and thinking oh… when the first allegations, when the allegations came out originally I went 'well that's a bit strange, I don't remember this' and then I've been through it and through it and through it over and over and over again and no, nothing. It just never happened."

He also said it was possible for him to be around Epstein and not be aware what was going on, because "If you are somebody like me then people behave in a subtly different way".

8. No remorse, concern or sympathy for Epstein's victims.

When the interview ended, there was one glaring omission: Not once had the prince expressed sympathy, concern, outrage or anything at all towards Epstein's alleged victims.

It would have been possible for him to show compassion towards them while still maintaining he didn't know anything of his friend's crimes. To do so would've had a much larger impact against the negative PR than anything else he could've said to Maitlis during their hour-long interview.

Instead, the biggest takeaway was the Andrew considers himself the victim.

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