British media and commentators have slammed a “car crash” interview in which Prince Andrew discussed allegations about his links to late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The BBC aired a 60-minute interview with Andrew, 59, late Saturday, probing him on claims by a woman who said he forced her to have sex with him while she was a teenager allegedly held in “sexual servitude” by Epstein.
Andrew told the broadcaster he had “no recollection” of meeting Virginia Roberts – now named Virginia Giuffre – who said she was forced to have sex three times with Andrew, including when she was 17.
Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II, admitted his most recent stay with Epstein in 2010, shortly after the late financier had completed his prison sentence, was not “becoming of a member of the royal family” and had “let the side down.”
Prince Andrew says he has "no recollection" of ever meeting Virginia Roberts.
Here he is with his arm around her, smiling to the camera, as Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madame Ghislaine Maxwell stands behind both of them… pic.twitter.com/pXUqGTbXRu
— Nick Norton 🕷️ (@OnlyForKoolKids) November 16, 2019
In a front-page headline, the popular Mail on Sunday tabloid said Andrew had uttered “not one word of remorse” in the interview as viewers watched him “squirm”.
Mark Borkowski, a leading publicist, tweeted that Prince Andrew “(showed) how not to draw a line in the sand and move on”.
“For any student of public relations watch this interview … I’d call it doing all the wrong things really well,” Borkowski wrote. “Astonishing hubris! I’ve never watched a slow motion car crash until now.”
Celebrity lawyer Mark Stephens told The Guardian Andrew‘s strategy “only works if you’ve got a complete and full answer to every possible question and here there are too many loose ends”.