In her first television interview from behind bars, Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed a photo of Prince Andrew with his accuser is a fake.
Maxwell insisted she did not introduce the Duke of York to Virginia Roberts Giuffre and can’t remember the pair ever meeting.
The image is believed to have been taken at her home in Belgravia, in London, in 2001, and she can be seen smiling in the background.
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Speaking to TalkTV, Maxwell said of the now infamous photo: “I have no memory of them meeting and I don’t think that picture is real.
“There is no original of that photo, [only] copies of it that have been produced, copies of copies.
“Parts of it, according to some experts, looks like it has been photoshopped.
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“I don’t remember her in my home. I know that Virginia travelled with Jeffrey, and so it’s entirely possible.
“But the photo doesn’t appear to be real, and I don’t recall it being taken.”
Maxwell is a former girlfriend of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and has been connected to Prince Andrew since 2001.
She gave the interview from inside a Florida jail, where she is serving a 20-year sentence after being found guilty of child sex trafficking and other charges.
Referring to Giuffre she said: “Her story frankly has changed multiple times. It’s very hard to know really what’s true or not,” adding, the true story “has yet to unfold”.
Giuffre accused the Duke of York of raping and abusing her three times in 2001, when she was 17 and sued him in August 2020.
Prince Andrew has always vehemently denied the accusations.
In February last year, he reached a $20 million settlement with Giuffre bringing an end to the long-running civil case.
It included a £2 million contribution to Giuffre’s sex trafficking charity thought to have been paid by the late Queen.
The out-of-court deal also included a 12-month gagging clause that will expire next month, raising the prospect that Giuffre might be free to repeat her allegations.
Andrew was stripped of most military and honourary titles in January 2021 when Buckingham Palace said he would defend the case as a private citizen.
Maxwell’s claim that the photo of Andrew and Giuffre is a fake is not new.
In October, Maxwell told The Sun the image was “not real”.
Speaking about Prince Andrew, Maxwell told the publication: “I feel so bad for him. I follow what is happening to him”.
“I accept that this friendship could not survive my conviction,” she added.
“He is paying such a price for the association. I consider him a dear friend. I care about him.”
Prince Andrew, too, has denied the authenticity of the photo previously saying he’s “not one to hug” or “display affection” in public.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight in 2019, he also claimed to have never met Guiffre.
The Duke of York stepped down from all public duties following that interview, filmed inside Buckingham Palace.
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