Prince Andrew releases updated statement on his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew said he never saw or suspected any of Epstein's crimes.
Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II and the brother of Prince Charles, has issued a fresh statement clarifying his friendship with billionaire sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein.
The prince, whose royal title is the Duke of York, has been photographed beside Epstein on multiple occasions. He also visited him upon his release from prison in 2010.
Today, he has released an updated statement on the nature of his friendship with Epstein.
In the statement, he said: "During the time I knew him, I saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year. I have stayed in a number of his residences. At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction."
Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson has also disclosed Epstein had paid off some of her debts.
"I have said previously that it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010 and I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know," the prince said today.
"I deplore the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour," the Duke of York concluded.
Epstein died by suicide in his Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial for numerous sex crimes. He had pled guilty to further sex crimes in 2008, but served just 13 months in prison.
The nature of Epstein's death - his high-profile friendships, that he was taken off suicide watch just weeks after a previous suicide attempt, and light surveillance - has resulted in the proliferation of many conspiracy theories online.