Emails made public in a lawsuit brought by the Virgin Islands against JP Morgan Chase contradict a claim by Prince Andrew that he only saw convicted pedophile and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein once after Epstein was convicted.
In 2019, Andrew told a BBC interviewer on ‘Newsnight’ that the only time he saw Epstein after Epstein was released from prison after being convicted in a Florida case was in December 2010, for breaking off the friendship.
Epstein died in 2019 in federal custody while facing sex trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide.
However, in an email Epstein sent on June 14, 2010 to Jes Staley, Epstein’s contact at JP Morgan Chase, he wrote: “Andrew just sat next to me at dinner. We will try to connect this week. A word about M? It’s fun”, according to the DailyMirror. The reference to “M” remains obscure.
At the time, the publication noted, Epstein was still under house arrest at his Florida residence.
Court documents reveal other contacts, according to the Mirror.
On April 15, 2010, Epstein wrote to Prince Andrew that “jes staley will be in London on Thursday the 22nd. I think you should meet if you are in town”.
Court documents say the prince replied ‘he is not available but will be looking to travel to New York in the near future’.
A February 2011 email from Epstein to Staley said Andrew was asking about Staley’s “London schedule”, he wrote.
The Mail said a court document reads: “On December 2, 2010, Jeffrey Epstein emailed Staley from Prince Andrew with a request the Prince received from Aria Petroleum seeking a $200 million working capital line. Since the company is based in the United States, Prince Andrew appeared to suggest that Epstein connect them to an American bank.
Norman Baker, a former British Cabinet minister, told the Mail: ‘Andrew’s case that he flew to America to sever relations with Jeffrey Epstein was worn at best. Now it has been shattered.
The Mirror quoted a victim of Epstein he did not name as expressing his outrage at the revelation.
“Andrew’s story of why he saw Jeffrey after his sentence was served has always been dubious. But other than being accused of abusing Virginia (Giuffre), it’s the most damning allegation to date. Evidence shows Andrew visited Jeff while he was serving his sentence under house arrest,” the unnamed victim said.
– Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) July 21, 2023
“The prince must have thought his secrets were safe after Jeffrey died, but now he’s haunted from beyond the grave. The feds should listen,” the victim said.
Spencer Kuvin, lawyer for three of Epstein’s victims, said Andrew’s actions had created “embarrassment for the royal family”. The king should seek further distance from his brother.
“As an advocate for Epstein’s victims, I am deeply disgusted by Andrew’s (behaviour). His actions showed complete disregard for victims and a complete lack of decency,” he said.
This article originally appeared on The Western newspaper.