Leaked photo shows Ghislaine Maxwell reclining on royal throne during private tour organised by Prince Andrew

Support us and go ad-free

Ghislaine Maxwell had a private tour of Buckingham Palace organised by Prince Andrew and sat on a throne, it has been reported. A photo obtained by the Telegraph appears to show the British socialite reclining in the throne beside actor Keven Spacey in 2002.

The paper said that the pair were on a private tour of the palace organised by Prince Andrew for former US president Bill Clinton.

It emerged after Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday 2 July. She faces allegations that she helped disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, her former boyfriend, “identify, befriend and groom” girls, including one as young as 14.

The Telegraph said it was not thought that Epstein was on the palace tour when the picture was taken.

 

Buckingham Palace declined to comment. Meanwhile, the duke has been urged to provide information in relation to the investigation after his friend Maxwell appeared in court accused of facilitating Epstein’s sexual exploitation of underage girls.

Audrey Strauss, acting US attorney for the southern district of New York, told a press conference that authorities would “welcome” a statement from the duke.

Charges against Maxwell

Four of the six charges cover Maxwell’s dealings with Epstein from 1994 to 1997, when she was in an “intimate relationship” with him, according to the indictment. These include conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

She is further charged with conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

According to the indictment, three unnamed minors were allegedly “induced and enticed” by Maxwell, who “facilitated” for them to be groomed by Esptein at properties he owned. These include residences in New York City, Palm Beach in Florida and Santa Fe in New Mexico, as well as Maxwell’s personal residence in London, prosecutors allege.

One of the girls was allegedly groomed and abused in London between 1994 and 1995. Prosecutors claim this included a period of time when Maxwell knew the girl was under the age of 18.

Authorities also claim that Maxwell, who is also charged with two counts of perjury, lied when being questioned under oath in 2016. She has previously denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of sexual misconduct by Epstein.

One of his alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre, claims that she was trafficked by him and that Prince Andrew had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17.

Andrew categorically denies the allegations. His lawyers have insisted the duke has repeatedly offered to provide a witness statement to the investigation.

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us