Over the weekend, the headlines surrounding a royal and his ‘sex slave’ were unavoidable.
News outlets around the world claimed 54-year-old Prince Andrew, Duke of York, had relations with an underage girl, now named as Virginia Roberts, a claim that the royal is strenuously denying.
Virginia, now aged 30, alleges she was forced by her then-employer, convicted sex offender and former billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, to have sex with the prince at a house in London. She was 17 at the time.
In claims made in US court documents, where Virginia is referred to as Jane Doe #3, the allegations are shocking and hard to read. It is alleged Epstein forced Virginia to have sex with the prince in a number of places – New York, London and a private island – as part of an orgy with other under-age girls.
Prince Andrew. Image via Getty.
Epstein, who was convicted on state child sex charges in 2008, is accused of soliciting the relationship between Prince Andrew and Virginia.
Virginia said she was unaware what she was getting herself into when she accepted an offer to work for Epstein.
“I was wearing my uniform – a white miniskirt and a skintight white polo top and studying an anatomy book when I was approached by this striking woman in her mid-40s with a very proper British accent – Ghislaine,” she told told The Mail on Sunday.
“She noticed what I was reading and I told her I wanted to become a masseuse and she said she worked for a very wealthy gentleman called Jeffrey Epstein who was looking for a travelling masseuse and I’d get training and be paid large amounts of money.”
But, she alleges, the reality soon set in.Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts on the night of their alleged first meeting. Image via Twitter.
“It was a sick family. I was a paedophile’s top girl, being trained up for a British Prince. He trained me to do whatever a man wanted. I was worried, but I would do anything to keep Jeffrey happy and keep my place as his No 1 girl.”
The first night she met the Duke, Virginia says she was flown to London to have sex with him.
Her father told a UK paper, “Virginia told me a few years back that she met Prince Andrew when she went to London. She also said while they were there she met the Queen. She was so excited about meeting the Queen. She had been flown to London by Jeffrey. He would fly her all over the world and she would give him massages on his private jet.”
Buckingham Palace have been forced to deny the claims. “There is nothing to suggest that this claim is true. We have no record of such a meeting,” a spokesperson said.