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Prince Andrew’s friends say BBC gave accuser a soft interview

The interview with Newsnight forced the Duke to step down from public duties and relinquish more than 200 charity patronages.

But friends of the Duke and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, believe he was treated harshly by the BBC investigating his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender and multi-millionaire who killed himself in August while awaiting trial for further crimes.

A source said: “I don’t think he [the Duke] has been given a fair trial. She wasn’t cross-examined on any of the details. She was allowed to say what she wanted and cry a lot.”

Giuffre, 35, has accused Andrew, 59, of having sex with her on three occasions in 2001 and 2002 after being trafficked by Epstein.

Prince Andrew pictured with Virginia Roberts in 2001 at the Belgravia townhouse of Ghislaine Maxwell (right).

Prince Andrew pictured with Virginia Roberts in 2001 at the Belgravia townhouse of Ghislaine Maxwell (right).

The BBC said: “We believe it is important that people hear both sides of the story. We stand by our journalism.”

Buckingham Palace said Andrew had “emphatically denied any sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts”.

The Telegraph, London

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