Ghislaine Maxwell was once described as Prince Andrew’s ‘ex-girlfriend’ during a private tour of Buckingham Palace the Duke gave to VIPs including former US President Bill Clinton.
Newly emerged photographs of the 2002 trip show Mr Clinton examining artefacts in the ballroom of the Queen’s official residence alongside Ms Maxwell, who faces up to 40 years in prison after she was convicted of a string of sex offences in New York.
Mr Clinton had been given a tour of the palace alongside Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who has faced his own allegations of sexual harassment in recent years.
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew is pictured pointing at something outside of the shot as a young woman, thought to be part of the entourage, smiles for the camera.
Staff were informed Ms Maxwell was joining the tour because she was the Duke of York’s ‘ex-girlfriend’, reports The Telegraph.
A source who was part of the party told the Telegraph: ‘Ghislaine Maxwell was the one who led us into Buckingham Palace – she knew her way around this area of the palace.
‘She was described to me [as] an ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew’s.’
During that same trip, Ms Maxwell and Mr Spacey sat on the Chairs of Estate – used during the Queen’s 1953 coronation – as they posed as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Those who were part of the entourage explained the trip around Buckingham Palace was organised for Clinton and Spacey as guests of Prince Andrew.
The photograph was reportedly taken on September 30, 2002 – 18 months after the Duke is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with Virginia Giuffre, who was 17 at the time.
Ms Giuffre, now 38, is suing the Duke of York for unlimited civil damages in her home country of the US, claiming she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, Andrew’s friend, to have sex with the royal when she was 17, a minor under US law.
The royal vehemently denies her claim and is demanding a jury trial later this year to fight her sexual assault case.
The decision is said to have horrified senior members of the royal family – and led to the Queen stripping him of his military titles and royal patronages so he can face the lawsuit as a ‘private citizen’.
Records from the court circular show Prince Andrew had arrived in London the day before the tour, on September 29, after an official visit to the US as a trade envoy.
Mr Clinton had spent the previous week touring Africa and was accompanied by Ms Maxwell, Mr Spacey and comedian Chris Tucker.
One source told the Telegraph: ‘That tour was for Clinton and Spacey, they were Prince Andrew’s guests. But Ghislaine seemed to be leading the charge.
‘The impression we all had was that there was some relationship there between Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell – they clearly knew each other very well. She was very friendly and cheery.’
Sources close to the Duke had previously said he had ‘no recollection’ of the tour.
However, in the picture, Mr Clinton stands in the background in front of the thrones as Maxwell watches on and Prince Andrew is seen pointing to the distance.
At the time the picture was taken Maxwell remained close to paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who had sent her £3.7million via wire transfer that month.
Epstein was not on the Buckingham Palace trip, but loaned Mr Clinton his private plane nicknamed ‘Lolita Express’.
This is an excerpt from Daily Mail.
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