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9Jan

What’s next for the monarchy after Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘step back’ from royal duties – National

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced Wednesday they will “step back” from their duties as senior members of the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to Instagram to share the news, writing: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”

The move is largely without precedent, and now, royal watchers around the world are waiting with bated breath to see what this move will actually mean for their family and the monarchy at large.

READ MORE: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to ‘step back’ from senior royal duties

Carolyn Harris, a royal historian and author in Toronto, is waiting to see how the Queen responds to the announcement in the days and weeks to come.

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In a statement from Buckingham Palace released shortly after Harry and Markle’s, the palace said: “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

For this reason, it’s unclear to Harris whether the Queen actually knew the statement was coming.






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Royal Family issues statement on release of Prince Philip from hospital

“The Royal Family would’ve been aware of Harry and Meghan’s discontent with their current public role and their difficulties with the British press, [and] they may well have known that the couple intended to spend more time abroad in the coming years,” she said.

“The formal announcement may have come as a surprise as Buckingham Palace is making clear that discussions of Harry and Meghan’s future roles are still in their early stages.”

There have been other members of the Royal Family who have stepped away from royal duties in the past.

READ MORE: Prince Harry, baby Archie appear in family’s 1st candid Christmas photo from Canada

“When Princess Patricia of Connaught married Alexander Ramsay, she stopped using the title of Princess and became Lady Patricia Ramsay,” said Harris.

“She also gave up most royal duties, devoted her time to her art and her family. She retained a few public engagements related to her charities and military patronages, visiting Canada for the 50th anniversary of her regiment, Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry.”

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Although the announcement may have come as a shock, Harris believes the Queen will — eventually — let her grandson “find his own path.”






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‘Any longer and I would’ve been burnt out’: Former aide to the Queen shares difficulties of job

“In the past, Prince William has praised his grandmother … for allowing him to find his own path,” she said. “The Queen has allowed her children and grandchildren a great deal of freedom to make their own decisions.”



This is in stark contrast to the monarchs who came before Queen Elizabeth II. “Queen Victoria … expected to carefully manage the lives of descendants, right down to the names and marriages of her grandchildren,” said Harris.

Below, Harris comments on other ways this decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could affect their family and the Royal Family more broadly.

The public may see less of Meghan and Harry, and even less of Archie

Per their statement, the Duke and Duchess intend to “engage with the public on their own terms,” said Harris.

To Harris, this means undertaking charitable patronages and Harry’s work as a Commonwealth youth ambassador “without assuming the additional royal duties expected of a senior member of the Royal Family.”

Examples of such senior royal duties include attending state dinners or undertaking diplomatic visits on behalf of the British government.

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Royal Family Christmas traditions


Royal Family Christmas traditions

Unfortunately, with fewer senior members of the Royal Family undertaking public engagements, this will mean an “increased workload for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” said Harris.

Markle and Harry’s son, Archie, will have an “interesting life” that includes “periods of relative privacy away from the public eye and travel in Canada and the United States,” said Harris.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they intend to raise him with an appreciation for royal tradition, so he will also spend time in the United Kingdom … with his royal relatives.”

‘Financial independence’ is yet to be defined

To Harris, Markle and Harry’s commitment to become financially “independent” likely means they will not draw from the Sovereign Grant, “funding by the revenues from the Crown Estates that goes into the treasury.”

“Prince Harry has inherited money of his own from both his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,” Harris said.

Harris speculates that Markle may have also accumulated savings during her career as an actor.

“It remains to be seen if Harry and Meghan will continue to receive support from Prince Charles’s private funds from the Duchy of Cornwall or the Queen’s private funds from the Duchy of Lancaster,” said Harris.

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Heightened tension among members of the Royal Family

With Markle and Harry bowing out of senior duties, Harris foresees a more “streamlined” monarchy within the United Kingdom.

“During Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the monarch’s extended family have undertaken royal duties. The Queen’s cousins, as well as her children, were involved in public engagements,” she said.

“Going forward, a smaller number of members of the Royal Family will undertake public duties with a strong focus on those directly in line to the throne — the Prince of Wales (Prince Philip) and the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) — and their immediate families. As a result, there will be fewer Commonwealth tours and a more streamlined monarchy within the United Kingdom.”

READ MORE: From Nazi uniforms to topless photos, the Royal Family’s biggest scandals

For these reasons, Harris speculates Harry and Markle’s departure could escalate tensions already present within the Royal Family.

“There are already fewer senior members of the Royal Family undertaking public duties than in the past: the Queen’s cousins have grown older and reduced their public duties, Prince Philip has retired from public life [and] Prince Andrew also stepped away from royal duties following a disastrous interview regarding his unsuitable friendships and scandalous private life,” she said.

“There may have been an expectation that both William and Harry would assume an increased schedule of royal duties in these circumstances. Instead, Harry is making clear that he will not assume a full schedule of royal duties and will engage with the public on his own terms.”

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11Dec

Prince Andrew accuser says ‘evil people’ want her silenced – National

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The woman who says she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew multiple times has posted cryptic tweets about her well-being.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who recently sat down with the BBC and asked the British public to support her quest for justice, tweeted on Tuesday that “too many evil people want to see me quieted.”

“I am making it publicly known that in no way, shape or form am I suicidal. I have made this known to my therapist and GP — if something happens to me — in the sake of my family do not let this go away and help me to protect them.”

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Giuffre made the worrisome remarks in response to a tweet about British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell — the woman she says recruited her to perform sex acts alongside convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein when she was just 15 years old.

On Tuesday, Giuffre tweeted that “ridiculous” laws have allowed Maxwell to remain a free woman, and not be charged for her alleged crimes.

READ MORE: Prince Andrew’s history with Jeffrey Epstein explained

A Twitter user replied to that tweet saying: “F.B.I. will kill her to protect the ultra rich and well connected…”



Maxwell once dated Epstein, and has since been accused of playing a key role in recruiting and grooming underage girls for Epstein’s alleged child-sex-trafficking ring. She is friends with Prince Andrew, and was connected to many powerful figures including politicians, lawyers and businessmen.

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Epstein died by suicide in August while in custody awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, and Maxwell’s whereabouts are not publicly known.

Maxwell has previously denied the allegations made against her.

READ MORE: Prince Andrew accuser pleads for public support 

Giuffre claims she was introduced to Prince Andrew in 2001 through Epstein and Maxwell.

She alleges she danced with the royal at a nightclub in London, and was then forced to have sex with him at Maxwell’s house when she was 17.

“He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life. His sweat was like it was raining, basically everywhere,” Giuffre said in her recent BBC interview.

She also says she had sexual encounters with Prince Andrew in New York and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.






Prince Andrew ‘knows exactly what he’s done’: Alleged Epstein victim


Prince Andrew ‘knows exactly what he’s done’: Alleged Epstein victim

In his own interview with the BBC, the 59-year-old royal denied ever having sex with Giuffre, and said he had “no recollection” of ever meeting her.

Prince Andrew claimed an alleged encounter with Giuffre in London couldn’t have occurred on the date reported because he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice to a party at a Pizza Express restaurant in the London suburb of Woking that day.

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Andrew also disputed the details of Giuffre’s account, including her statement that he sweated heavily when they danced at the London nightclub.

He said that was factually impossible because he had a medical condition at the time that meant he didn’t sweat. The prince said the condition stemmed from an “overdose of adrenaline” during his time as a helicopter pilot during the 1982 Falklands War.

— With files from the Associated Press

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2Dec

Prince Andrew accuser pleads for public support: ‘This is a story of abuse’ – National

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Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17, is asking the British public to support her quest for justice.

Giuffre tells BBC Panorama in an interview to be broadcast Monday evening that people “should not accept this as being OK.”

“This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked, this is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty,” Giuffre tells the program.

Giuffre’s first UK television interview describes how she says she was trafficked by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and made to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, including once in London.

READ MORE: Prince Andrew’s history with Jeffrey Epstein explained

Her interview airs just weeks after Prince Andrew’s rare sit-down with BBC Newsnight, in which he denied having sex with Giuffre.

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BBC Panorama interviewed Giuffre last month as part of their investigation about Prince Andrew and his relationship with Epstein. Before airing Giuffre’s interview, the Queen’s third child agreed to sit down with BBC journalist Emily Maitlis.

The prince’s interview has been called “disastrous” in the media. The 59-year-old said he had “no recollection” of ever meeting Giuffre, adding that there are “a number of things that are wrong” with her account.

Giuffre says she was 15 and working at Donald Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago club when she was recruited by Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein to perform sex acts.






Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting Jeffrey Epstein accuser


Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting Jeffrey Epstein accuser

Maxwell, a British socialite, once dated Epstein and has since been accused of playing a key role in recruiting and grooming underage girls for Epstein’s alleged child-sex-trafficking ring.



Maxwell is also friends with Prince Andrew.

Giuffre claims she was introduced to Prince Andrew in 2001 through Epstein and Maxwell.

She alleges she danced with the royal at a nightclub in London, and was then forced to have sex with him at Maxwell’s house when she was 17.

“He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life. His sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere,” Giuffre says in her TV interview.

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READ MORE: A look at Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean cove, known to locals as ‘Pedophile Island’

“I was just like grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine (Maxwell) would have expected from me.”

She said that Maxwell told her she would have to do for Andrew what she had done for Epstein, meaning she would have to have sex with the prince.

“That just made me sick,” Giuffre said.

Giuffre says she had sexual encounters with the prince in London, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands and that Epstein flew her around the world on private planes to have sex with other powerful men.

READ MORE: Prince Andrew to step down from public life amid Epstein scandal

Prince Andrew has denied these allegations.

A photograph of the prince with his hand around the waist of a teenage Giuffre standing next to Maxwell has been widely circulated.

The prince told the BBC he has questioned the legitimacy of the photo and says he does not recall it being taken.

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Epstein died by suicide in August while in custody awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

The BBC interviews airs Monday night.

— With files from the Associated Press

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21Nov

Prince Andrew may have ‘valuable information’ on Epstein sex offences: lawyers – National

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Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew is facing mounting calls to provide information to U.S. law enforcement agencies and lawyers who are investigating crimes committed by American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.

Lawyers for Epstein’s victims believe Prince Andrew may have valuable information about the late financier’s sex offences. When Epstein died in August, he was facing charges of trafficking in underage girls who provided sexual favours to the powerful men visiting his luxury properties in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

The 59-year-old prince stepped down from his royal duties on Wednesday with the approval of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, after a weekend interview in which he tried to justify his well-documented ties to Epstein backfired spectacularly.

READ MORE: Prince Andrew steps down. The duke’s history with Jeffrey Epstein explained

Charities and British educational institutions that had fundraising ties to Prince Andrew — the royal website lists dozens — had quickly begun to question if he could actually hurt their brands.

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Prince Andrew still may face legal questioning about allegations that he had sex with a girl provided by Epstein when she was just 17, a charge he has denied and that she insists is true.

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U.S. attorney Gloria Allred, who represents some of the women abused by Epstein, said Thursday that Prince Andrew should contact American authorities “without conditions and without delay.”

Prince Andrew announced in his statement Wednesday that he is “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required” but did not volunteer to provide evidence.






Prince Andrew is stepping down from public duties


Prince Andrew is stepping down from public duties

It is not clear if U.S. authorities are investigating Prince Andrew for any possible wrongdoing. Many of the court papers related to the Epstein case are still sealed and unavailable to the public.

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British legal experts, meanwhile, are divided over whether Prince Andrew enjoys immunity from prosecution as a senior British royal.

Some say Prince Andrew should reach out to U.S. officials in an effort clear his name rather than wait for a subpoena or legal action that would force him to testify, which could happen if U.S. officials working through the U.S. embassy in London ask Britain’s Foreign Office to secure Prince Andrew’s co-operation.

British lawyer Mark Stephens said Prince Andrew will eventually have to testify under oath to answer Virginia Giuffre’s charge that she was encouraged to have sex with Prince Andrew three times when she was 17.



READ MORE: Prince Andrew to step down from public life amid Epstein scandal

“The question is where he answers,” Stephens said. “There is no reason why the FBI or, indeed, the lawyers for Virginia Roberts [Giuffre’s name before she was married] couldn’t come to the U.K. to take his evidence.”

Stephens said it was doubtful that Andrew could provide useful evidence on other cases related to Epstein’s crimes, which have led to a number of civil suits against his estate.

“There are much better witnesses,” he said. “What could he say that couldn’t be said by witnesses that went more frequently, the staff at any of his homes, for example, and the people close to him, the fixers? Those are the people with really probative evidence.”

Epstein, 66, died on Aug. 10 while in jail on sex-trafficking charges in what New York’s medical examiner ruled was a suicide.

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Charities, firms cut ties with Prince Andrew amid Epstein scandal


Charities, firms cut ties with Prince Andrew amid Epstein scandal

France also has an open investigation into sex claims against an Epstein associate.

In his interview with the BBC on Saturday, Prince Andrew denied having sex with Giuffre, saying he didn’t remember meeting her despite a published photograph that appears to show the prince with his arm around her.

He said he regrets not cutting ties with Epstein after the financier pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida under a deal that required him to serve 13 months in jail and register as a sex offender.

But the prince notably failed to express any sympathy for Epstein’s victims. And he defended his previous friendship with the billionaire investor because of the contacts it provided when Prince Andrew was preparing for a role as Britain’s special trade representative.

READ MORE: ‘Like watching a man in quicksand’ — Prince Andrew interview panned in U.K. press

The scandal over Prince Andrew’s ties to Epstein has blossomed into the biggest challenge for Britain’s monarchy since the 1997 death of Princess Diana, when the Queen was accused of appearing aloof and out of touch amid an outpouring of national mourning for the popular royal with the common touch.

Prince Andrew’s decision to withdraw from public life came after he consulted his mother, the 93-year-old monarch, who has not commented on the matter.

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Andrew is the Queen’s third child and second son. His older brother, Prince Charles, is heir to the throne, but Prince Andrew is eighth in line, after Prince Charles’ sons and grandchildren.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said it’s possible that Prince Andrew may be rehabilitated in the future if he is able to establish his innocence beyond any shadow of doubt.

“Clearly, this has to take a legal route, some sort of consultation with the FBI or somebody in an attempt to clear his name,” Little said. “It remains to be seen if that will ever be possible, and that process could take a very long time.”






Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting Jeffrey Epstein accuser


Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting Jeffrey Epstein accuser

He said in the meantime, Prince Andrew will continue to have a place at family events like the Queen’s Christmas celebrations at her rural retreat in Sandringham. He does not expect Prince Andrew to be strapped for cash because the prince is expected to continue to receive funds from the Queen’s private accounts.

“It’s unprecedented,” Little said of the scandal. “It’s a big deal for somebody so close to the Queen to be humiliated and disgraced in such a way.”

Prince Andrew has served as a patron or been involved in dozens of charitable roles that will now be eliminated as he begins a new phase without royal duties. He is also expected to give up his ceremonial military posts.

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READ MORE: Prince Andrew denies any knowledge of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes

Buckingham Palace said Prince Andrew will continue to work on his flagship [email protected] project but will do so on a private basis without financial help from the palace.

Prince Andrew’s woes have provided plenty of fodder for Republic, an anti-monarchist movement that wants Britain to elect its head of state rather than put the monarch in that role.

“This whole episode shows why the monarchy is not fit for purpose,” said Graham Smith, the leader of Republic.

“Andrew is the worst example of a long tradition of bad behaviour. We need a democratic alternative to the monarchy sooner rather than later.”




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20Nov

Prince Andrew steps down: The duke’s history with Jeffrey Epstein explained – National

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Prince Andrew confirmed on Wednesday that he will be “stepping down” from public royal duties just days after he spoke publicly about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein [have] become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support,” the 59-year-old said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.”

READ MORE: Prince Andrew to step down from public life amid Epstein scandal

The third child of the Queen recently spoke to the BBC about accusations surrounding his own allegedly sexually predatory behaviour and the nature of his relationship with Epstein, the disgraced financier who died by suicide in August while in custody awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.

A woman named Virginia Roberts Giuffre has said Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew in 2001 when she was only 17.

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Prince Andrew denies these allegations.

So when did Prince Andrew’s relationship with Epstein begin, and what are the allegations he is facing? Here is a timeline of their friendship.

How did Prince Andrew meet Epstein?

The prince said he met Epstein in 1999 through his friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. At the time, Maxwell was dating Epstein and introduced the money manager to many well-connected people.

In speaking to the BBC, Prince Andrew confirmed Epstein was a guest at events he hosted, including a surprise party he threw Maxwell in 2000. The party was held at the Queen’s estate, Sandringham.

A few years after Prince Andrew and Epstein first met, then-teenage Giuffre said she was introduced to the royal in 2001.






Charities, firms cut ties with Prince Andrew amid Epstein scandal


Charities, firms cut ties with Prince Andrew amid Epstein scandal

Giuffre says she was 15 and working at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club when she was recruited by Maxwell and Epstein to perform sex acts. She claims she danced with Prince Andrew at a nightclub in London.

She then alleges she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew at Maxwell’s house in the London neighbourhood of Belgravia when she was 17.

Giuffre says she had sexual encounters with the prince in London, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands and that Epstein flew her around the world on private planes to have sex with other powerful men.

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Prince Andrew has denied these allegations.

A photograph of the prince with his hand around the waist of a teenage Giuffre standing next to Maxwell has been widely circulated.

The prince told the BBC he has questioned the legitimacy of the photo and says he does not recall it being taken.

Epstein and Prince Andrew’s friendship

In speaking with the BBC, Prince Andrew said he saw Epstein when he went to the U.S. but met him no more than three times a year. He would visit or stay with him out of convenience, he said.

READ MORE: ‘Like watching a man in quicksand’ — Prince Andrew interview panned in U.K. press



“Going to Jeffrey’s was not about partying,” Prince Andrew said.

The royal also confirmed to the BBC that he has been on Epstein’s private plane, stayed on his private island and stayed at his home in Palm Beach.

Prince Andrew maintains he did not know of Epstein’s sex-trafficking behaviour at the time.

“When I was staying at his houses in the United States, there was no indication,” he said.

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Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting Jeffrey Epstein accuser


Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting Jeffrey Epstein accuser

In 2005, Epstein first came under investigation by Palm Beach police after they received reports he had sexually abused minors in his Florida mansion.

While he was being investigated by the Palm Beach police, Epstein and Maxwell were invited to Prince Andrew’s daughter Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday at Windsor Castle in 2006.

Prince Andrew told the BBC he was unaware of the allegations when he extended the invitations.

In 2008, Epstein reached a non-prosecution deal to secretly end a federal sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls that could have landed him behind bars for life.

According to court documents, Epstein had a Palm Beach home where underage girls were brought for what they were sometimes told were massage sessions, but which often turned into sexual encounters.

READ MORE: A look at Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean cove, known to locals as ‘Pedophile Island’

As part of his deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges, spent 13 months in jail, paid settlements to victims and registered as a sex offender.

What else is Prince Andrew accused of?

Despite Epstein’s sex-offender status, he and Prince Andrew were photographed together in 2010 in New York City.

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In 2011, Vanity Fair ran an article titled “The Trouble With Andrew,” which highlighted the prince’s friendship with Epstein and the allegations around his behaviour.

The magazine wrote that according to a sworn deposition by a former Epstein employee, Prince Andrew attended “naked pool parties and was treated to massages by a harem of adolescent girls.”

“At least three of the girls were questioned under oath about whether Andrew had had sexual contact with any of the masseuses,” Vanity Fair reported.






Britain’s Prince Andrew denies any involvement in Epstein sex scandal


Britain’s Prince Andrew denies any involvement in Epstein sex scandal

“One of them, Sarah Kellen, refused to answer, citing her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Another, Adriana Ross, was asked, ‘Has Prince Andrew ever been involved with underage minor females to your knowledge?’ She reportedly replied, ‘I refuse to answer.’”

Prince Andrew denied attending naked pool parties to Vanity Fair. He also told the outlet he was unaware of such parties altogether.

The royal stepped down as U.K.’s “special representative” for trade and investment following public criticism of his friendship with Epstein in 2011.

Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, once borrowed money from Epstein, which she later said she regretted.

The royal has also been accused of receiving a foot massage from a young woman in Epstein’s house.

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Allegations have dogged Prince Andrew for years

Prince Andrew’s sex abuse allegations resurfaced in 2015 when Giuffre filed a claim alleging she was trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell to powerful politicians, lawyers, academics and government leaders when she was underage, the Miami Herald reported.

READ MORE: Britain’s Prince Andrew denies any knowledge of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes

Prince Andrew has continued to deny the allegations he had sex with a minor and maintains he did not know about Epstein’s alleged pedophile ring.

Giuffre has since called out the prince, saying he “knows exactly what he’s done.”

In his BBC interview, Prince Andrew said he stayed at Epstein’s house out of convenience and maintained he did not know what was going on in the financier’s private life.

He addressed the photographs that showed him and Epstein walking outdoors together in 2010 and told the BBC he was meeting with Epstein to end their friendship.

“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,” he said.

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The prince also maintained during his interview that he and Epstein were not “that close.”

— With files from the Associated Press




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14Nov

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle won’t spend Christmas with Royal Family – National

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It’s official: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t be celebrating Christmas with the Queen this year.

A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed to CNN that the royal couple will spend the holidays with Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, instead.

The decision is a break from tradition as the Queen typically hosts Christmas at the Sandringham estate every year. The monarch is joined by other members of the Royal Family, and everyone attends a Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church.

READ MORE: Who pays for the Royal Family’s lavish lifestyle?

For the last two years, Markle and Prince Harry have joined the Queen at her country estate.

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As reported by CNN, the spokesperson said the couple’s decision “is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”



The spokesperson would not confirm where Prince Harry and Markle would spend the holiday season, citing privacy reasons. This means they could spend time with Ragland in the U.S. or the U.K.

Markle’s mom is currently based in L.A.

READ MORE: Queen will no longer wear real fur: Buckingham Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not the first royal couple to spend Christmas without the Queen.

In 2016, Prince William and Kate Middleton spent the holidays with Middleton’s family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought along their young children, George and Charlotte.

There’s been speculation that Markle and Prince Harry may be planning a move to the U.S., which has been fuelled by rumours that the couple isn’t close with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.






Meghan Markle opens up about the stress of being in the spotlight as a new mom


Meghan Markle opens up about the stress of being in the spotlight as a new mom

In a recently released documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry addressed his relationship with his big brother.

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“Inevitably, stuff happens, but we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers,” the 35-year-old said.

“We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him, and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.”

READ MORE: Prince William concerned about Prince Harry after TV interview

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex formally parted ways from the charity foundation they shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in June, just months after they created their own household.

The couple has also been vocal about the pressures of living in the spotlight as members of the Royal Family and have even taken legal action against British tabloids.

It is unclear if they plan to spend more time in the U.S., where Markle was raised, in the near future.

— With a file from Global News’ Meaghan Wray 

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17Oct

Kate Middleton, Prince William’s plane diverted during electrical storm in Pakistan – National

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Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s plane was forced to emergency land after hitting a lightning storm during their Pakistan tour.

The royal couple were on their way to Islamabad on their jet, the RAF Voyager, which was also carrying members of media.



Royal reporter Simon Perry tweeted about the experience.

“Phew. Landed! But in Lahore. A terrifying electrical storm hit as we tried to land at Islamabad,” he wrote.

READ MORE: Princess Charlotte joins Prince George, Kate Middleton and Prince William for first day of school

“Lightning seemed to be crashing around the right wing. Despite the best efforts of the pilot of William and Kate’s RAF Voyager plane we couldn’t couldn’t land there.”

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According to Press Association reporter Emma Louise Bowden, the pilot attempted to land twice but was forced to turn back to Lahore.

Bowden shared a dark video of the plane reportedly carrying the duke and duchess.

Emily Andrews, royal reporter for The Sun, said that William checked in on media after, joking that the bad flying was because he was behind the steering wheel, Vanity Fair reports.

The parents of three are on Day 4 of their royal tour of Pakistan.

Their day was jam-packed with engagements reminiscent of the late Princess Diana’s visit in the 1990s.

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READ MORE: Prince Harry gets choked up remembering early days of Meghan Markle’s pregnancy

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped by the Badshahi Mosque before heading to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.

There, the duchess had a tea party on one little girl’s bed and they celebrated another child’s birthday by singing Happy Birthday.

Before their airplane scare, they even played a game of cricket.

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10Oct

Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran co-star in World Mental Health Day video – National

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Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran suffered a slight miscommunication in their World Mental Health Day video — but it was all in good fun, of course.



In a video shared to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Instagram account, Sheeran joins the prince to discuss what he believes to be a pressing issue: their red hair.

“I’ve been trying to write a song about this to get it out to more people,” the singer-songwriter tells the duke. “People just don’t understand what it’s like for people like us — with the jokes and the snide comments. I just feel like it’s time we stood up and said, ‘We are ginger and we are going to fight.’”

READ MORE: Prince Harry to sue more U.K. tabloids over alleged voicemail hacking

This stops Prince Harry, who had invited Sheeran over to discuss World Mental Health Day, in his tracks.

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“Um, OK. This is slightly awkward,” the prince says. “There may have been a miscommunication — this is about World Mental Health Day?”

Sheeran backtracks as the camera pans to a view of his laptop screen. He slowly deletes the words “gingers unite,” with the rest of the page outlining a proposal titled “HRH Prince Harry and the king of ging Ed Sheeran get together to change the perception of people with Moroccan sunset hair.”






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London lawyer says Prince Harry, Meghan Markle have ‘credible grounds’ to bring lawsuit against U.K. tabloid

The duo then switches gears to a more serious note, to bring awareness to the importance of World Mental Health Day. They call on everyone to “reach out” to others who may be “suffering in silence.”

The Instagram post featuring the video tagged a variety of mental health-focused organizations, including Heads Together — an organization in which Prince William and Kate Middleton are also heavily involved — the Mental Health Foundation, YoungMinds U.K. and many more.

“Both Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran want to ensure that not just today but every day, you look after yourself, your friends and those around you,” the post’s caption reads. “Be willing to ask for help when you need it and know that we are all in this together.”

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The pair first teased the video a day prior, sharing a clip to the duke and duchess’ Instagram account that shows Sheeran ringing Prince Harry’s doorbell and saying: “It’s like looking in the mirror.”

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Princes William and Harry, Middleton and Markle have put mental health awareness at the forefront of many of their philanthropic ventures.

On the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent African tour, the couple stopped by various organizations focused on the mental well-being of youth.

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4Oct

Prince Harry to sue more U.K. tabloids over alleged voicemail hacking – National

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Days after announcing a lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday, Prince Harry has launched another formal legal claim against two other U.K. tabloids over alleged phone hacking.

Claims have officially been filed at the U.K. High Court alleging an illegal interception of voicemail messages.



The defendants formally listed in the lawsuit are News Group Newspapers Limited and Mirror Group Newspapers Limited.

A spokesperson for News Group Newspapers, the parent company for the Sun, has said: “We confirm that a claim has been issued by the Duke of Sussex. We have no further comment to make at the current time.”

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There are no additional details as to the nature of the claims, which were first reported by Byline Investigates, but the Guardian reports they were filed by Clintons, a law firm known for dealing with phone-hacking claims in the past.

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The documents were first filed on Sept. 27, just a few days before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced formal legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company, Associated Newspapers.

Royal reporter Chris Ship shared screengrabs of the legal filings against the Sun and Mirror.

Royal reporter Chris Ship shared screengrabs of the legal filings against the Sun and Mirror.


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In an official statement published to the Sussexes’ website, Prince Harry highlights the media scrutiny Markle has faced.






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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry file lawsuit against U.K. tabloid

“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences — a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” the statement reads.

“Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations — something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.

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“There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour because it destroys people and destroys lives,” the statement continues. “Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.”

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The end of the statement announces that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are specifically filing a claim against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company.

The claim filed against the Mail on Sunday accuses the publication of misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the 2018 Data Protection Act.

A spokesperson from Schillings, the U.K. law firm representing Markle, said in a statement: “We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband.






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Prince Harry, Meghan give speech during last day in Africa

“Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda,” the statement continued.

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The private letter to which the lawsuit refers is one Markle reportedly wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, prior to the royal wedding last year.

The case, the website states, is being privately funded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Proceeds from any damages will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.

The new mom has been a target of British tabloids ever since she was officially linked to Prince Harry in 2016. This isn’t the first time the duke has released a formal statement regarding her treatment by the media.

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Prince Harry follows in Princess Diana’s footsteps by walking through Angolan minefield – National

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Prince Harry recently followed in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, by visiting a minefield in Angola as part of his royal tour in Africa with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie.

In 1997, the late princess was photographed walking through an Angolan minefield. She brought awareness to de-mining efforts in Huambo, and photographs of her visit spread around the world.

As part of his own trip, Prince Harry visited anti-landmine organization The Halo Trust in the town of Dirico.

Prince Harry followed in the footsteps of his late mom, Princess Diana, who famously walked through a minefield in Angola in 1997.

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Wearing a protective vest and mask, the 35-year-old stepped through an active minefield just like his late mother and participated in safely detonating a mine that had been found nearby.

The field visited by the late Princess of Wales all those years ago is now a busy street in Huambo, Time reports. The prince went on to visit that very spot later in the day.

Prince Harry sat in Huambo where Princess Diana once walked an active minefield.

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The prince also made a speech about the importance of de-mining and called for an end to the use of anti-personnel landmines worldwide.

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“Landmines are an unhealed scar of war,” Prince Harry said in his speech. “By clearing the land mines, we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity.”

Ralph Legg, the Angola country director for The Halo Trust, said the impact of the princess’ walk is still a point of conversation today.

“The main impact of Diana’s walk in 1997 was the level of global exposure it provided for landmines not only in Angola but the world,” he said.

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“Her willingness to visit an actual minefield, to place herself right in that context, provided great impetus and gave it a great boost.”

After his speech, the Duke of Sussex also went on to visit an orthopedic hospital his mother visited in 1997.

Now on the fourth day of their 10-day trip, the duke and duchess started their tour in Cape Town, South Africa, where they both spoke about gender-based violence.

The couple then met with local organizations offering mental health support to young people and also brought their son to meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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