‘Put on the rack’: Fergie steps in
Friends of Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson have demanded the BBC put Virginia Giuffre - "on the rack" in her upcoming Panorama interview.
The Duchess of York has urged the broadcaster to "drill" Ms Giuffre and subject her to the same level of scrutiny as her ex-husband in his car-crash BBC Newsnight interview.
Ms Giuffre has accused the Duke of York of having sex with her on three occasions when she was aged 17 and alleged she was trafficked as a sex slave by Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew has denied the claims and said he has no recollection of meeting Mrs Giuffre, claiming he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking on the night in question.
The 36-year-old is now being interviewed for the network's Panorama program, which will air on Monday evening (local time).
Friends of the Duchess of York, 60, told The Daily Telegraph: "She (Virginia Giuffre) should be properly cross examined on all the evidence that doesn't stack up. She should be put on the rack.
"The BBC cannot drill him as they did and just believe her when there are lots of inconsistencies."
The friend of the Duchess said the BBC should also ask Epstein's accuser how much money she has received for a photo showing Prince Andrew with his arm draped around her at the London home of Epstein's British socialite girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The friend said they thought the photograph had been sold for almost £150,000 (AUS$283,900).
Ms Giuffre is understood to have given the original photograph to the FBI and is co-operating with its inquiry into Epstein's sex trafficking ring.
She claimed in a 2015 civil lawsuit she had sex with Prince Andrew three times. However the claims were later ruled "immaterial" to the central claim of the suit.
Ms Giuffre was paid an undisclosed sum when the case was settled out of court in 2017.
Buckingham Palace has said the allegations are "false and without any foundation", adding "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors" by the Duke was "categorically untrue".
Prince Andrew was stripped of his £249,000 (AUS$471,436) sovereign grant after stepping down from his royal duties on Wednesday.
It came after he told Newsnight's Emily Maitlis he did not regret his friendship with Epstein, but the fallout had damaged his mental health.
He admitted that he was being "too honourable" by staying with the convicted sex offender in the US and insisted it was simply "convenient" for him.
The Duke failed to express any sympathy for the victims of Epstein, who was found dead in jail in August while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
Buckingham Palace said on Sunday that Prince Andrew would be standing back from all his patronages as the fallout from the disastrous interview continued.
Meanwhile Scotland Yard is under pressure to explain why it failed to carry out a full investigation into allegations Ms Giuffre had been trafficked to the UK to have sex with the Duke.
QUEEN PUTS ON BRAVE FACE
On Tuesday, the Queen put on a brave face as she opened the Royal Philatelic Society's new building in London.
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Today, The Queen visited The Royal Philatelic Society in London to open a new building on its 150th Anniversary. Philately is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. The society aims to promote the science and practice of the study of stamps, as well as maintain collections of stamps. The Queen met young philatelists, architects of the new building, administration staff and supporters of the society. Her Majesty also saw displays of various different stamps and books. In this archive image The Queen visited the Society 50 years ago and viewed its collection. King George V’s personal stamp collection forms the foundation of what is today The Royal Philately Collection. You can also take part on our quiz by clicking on our Instagram story. ⬆️
She is said to be "aggrieved" by claims she approved her son's disastrous interview, but a source told The Sunday Times she was "privately supportive" of her favourite son.
The monarch today viewed a portrait of herself during a tour of the Royal Philatelic Society's new building in the City of London.
She smiled mischievously as she exited the room full of members, saying loudly: "You're all terribly silent, aren't you?" prompting roars of laughter.
She was pictured yesterday being driven out of Windsor Castle after spending the weekend there.
Prince Andrew's daughter Beatrice was also pictured with her fiancee leaving the royal getaway.