Jeffrey Epstein: Expert discusses Balmoral photos
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The photographs show Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell relaxing at a log cabin on Queen Elizabeth’s Balmoral Estate in Scotland. The picture is thought to have been taken in 1999 when Maxwell and Epstein reportedly visited the estate with the Her Majesty’s youngest son Prince Andrew. The photo shows the pair casually relaxing on the cabin’s veranda, with Epstein looking straight into the camera as Maxwell looks out towards the garden.
The cabin appears to be a match to one of the Queen’s favourite retreats on the River Dee at Balmoral, and she has been pictured over the years alongside aides and family in a similar setting.
Royal expert Robert Jobson has discussed the effects of the images on Sunrise.
He claimed: “The lodge is so personal to her, she used to just escape there with her friends and ladies in waiting and just enjoy the Scottish hideaway, the photos are embarrassing and I would think upsetting for the Queen.
“The photographs have been produced in court to show the closeness of their relationship. They look pretty cosy there as a couple.
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“That’s what people are claiming, they had a long friendship and an intimacy.
“The fact that Andrew is now denying they had a close friendship – who does he invite to his mother’s hallowed places?”
Prince Andrew claimed in his 2019 interview with BBC Newsnight he and Epstein were “not that close.”
Mr Jobs added to his claims: “The fact is he must have had a pretty close relationship with both of those people to invite them to Balmoral, you don’t just put acquaintances there.”
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When asked if the Palace would respond to the photographs, Mr Jobson claimed: “No. They’re leaving anything to do with the Epstein case.”
The photo was released by the US Department of Justice and shown to court to show the extent of Maxwell’s close relationship with Epstein.
Prince Andrew announced he would be “stepping back” from public duties following backlash from the disastrous BBC Newsnight interview in November 2019.
During the interview, he attempted to address his relationship with disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison two months before the interview amid allegations of sex trafficking.
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Announcing his retirement from duty in 2019, the Duke said: “It has become clear to me over the past few days that my association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support
“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.
“I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”
Ghislaine Maxwell’s case is ongoing.
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