A former royal protection officer from Buckingham Palace says he suspected Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew were having an “intimate relationship”, according to a new documentary.

Ghislaine Maxwell participates in the VIP Evening of Conversation for the Women's Brain Health Initiative, moderated by Tina Brown at Spring Studios on October 18, 2016 in New York City.

Ghislaine Maxwell on October 18, 2016 in New York City.Photo by Sylvain Gaboury / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

  • A former Buckingham Palace official claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell would visit several times a day.

  • Queen Elizabeth II deprived Prince Andrew of his royal patronage and military titles on Friday.

  • Andrew will have to defend himself against a sexual assault lawsuit as a private citizen.

Former United States Secretary of Defense Paul Page said in his first television interview that Buckingham Palace staff suspected Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell of having an “intimate relationship”.

“From the way she was allowed to walk in and out of the palace, at will, we realized … suspicion that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew,” Page claimed the new iTV documentary, ” Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile. ” “A colleague of mine remembered that she came in four times in one day from morning to night – she kept coming in and out, in and out …”

The Duke of York’s legal tensions have risen following the December verdict of Maxwell, who was found guilty of five out of six charges of sex trafficking raised against her.

On Friday, Queen Elizabeth II held a personal meeting with her son to inform him that he would be deprived of his royal patronage and military titles as a result of the sexual assault case against him by Jeffrey Epstein prosecutor Virginia Giuffre, who forced him to to defend oneself as a private citizen.

The palace’s decision came a day after a federal judge in New York rejected an attempt by Prince Andrew to dismiss the trial. Since 2015, Giuffre has alleged that Epstein forced her to have sex as a minor with Prince Andrew in his mansion in New York, in London and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands in 2001.

Andrew has denied all of Giuffre’s allegations and denied ever having met her. His lawyers have also fought bitterly against her lawsuit, claiming that a 2009 settlement between Epstein and Giuffre protects him from liability and that Giuffre has no jurisdiction to sue.

Although Giuffre was not called to testify during Maxwell’s trial, Prince Andrew was mentioned by name in court – a Maxwell prosecutor identified only as “Jane”, and Epstein pilot Larry Visoski both testified that they had seen the Duke of York travel on the financier’s private jets. .

Prince Andrew has also issued statements that could be used against him if the Giuffre case continues. In a broad-based BBC interview in 2019, he described having a close friendship with Maxwell and said their relationship was how he became acquainted with Epstein.

The Duke of York’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit their website for confidential support.

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