The Virginia Roberts Giuffre interview aired last night on BBC Panorama and, even though she repeated the claims she’s been making consistently for years now, being that this was her first broadcast interview in the UK, home of Prince Andrew, she made headlines – as she should. Finally. 

According to Virginia, she was sex trafficked to Prince Andrew by his friend, the dead rapist pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, three times. Prince Andrew and Buckingham Palace have denied these accusations. But a lot of doubt remains because, well, Andrew says he doesn’t remember meeting Virginia, even though there’s a photo of him with his arm around her taken at Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home. 

Andrew and his team have suggested that the photo is a fake. Virginia is shutting this down. 

This interview took place before Andrew’s disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight, during which he let us know that he was so heroic in the navy that he lost the ability to sweat. Virginia wasn’t able to respond to the revelation of Andrew’s perspiration defect but the BBC, in their editing, managed to find and put up a photo, intercut with his comments about his no-sweats, of him sweating through one of his shirts, taken around the time that Virginia alleges that she was basically loaned out to him.   

As Stuart Heritage notes in the Guardian today, Virginia was “calm, thorough, and deeply plausible” and the documentary was edited so that every time she spoke, assertively laying out her case, angrily condemning those who enabled Epstein and Prince Andrew’s exploitation of her, footage of Andrew’s Newsnight interview was cut in between, contrasting her position with his clumsy rambling, and adding to Virginia’s claims the accusations of five other women who allege that the same gross sh-t happened to them. 

There’s also the matter of that email. The BBC was able to find an email that Prince Andrew sent to Ghislaine Maxwell at 550am on January 3, 2015, asking about Virginia. He wrote: 

“Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts.”

Ghislaine Maxwell’s reply: 

“Have some info. Call me when you have a moment.”

It’s bad look piling on bad look piling on bad look. Andrew’s defenders might rationalise this email all like, so what? Some woman was coming at him with outrageous allegations and he was just asking his friend about it. Sure, if that’s how you want to read it. But even still, you cannot deny that there’s now a paper trail pointing to conversations that would have happened between Andrew and Ghislaine, about Virginia, and at the very least, investigators are going to ask a simple question:

What did you two talk about related to Virginia Roberts? What “info” did you have to pass on? Why was any info even required if Andrew had nothing to do with Virginia? 

There are many, many gaps in Andrew’s story. BBC Panorama only further exposes that there are still so many unanswered questions about Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the dead rapist pedophile. And more and more people, at last, are pushing for those answers, led by the determined Virginia Roberts Giuffre:

So…what’s the royal family’s next move? Prince Andrew has already been removed from public life. He’s supposedly insisting on continuing with his entrepreneur initiative Pitch@Palace even though he’s been exited from the palace so, really, there’s no pitching happening at the palace. The Daily Mail the other day had a report about how the organisation was set up to “allow the Duke to profit from it… in defiance of Buckingham Palace protocol”. That seems shady. Why did it take years for the UK tabloids to call him out on it? 

The Queen, as we know, remains supportive of her fool of a second son. Word is she’ll insist on having him with her at Sandringham for Christmas. Prince Charles, on the other hand, is said to be trying to distance the firm from his dumbass brother. Will he be allowed to walk with the family to church on Christmas Day? Or will Andrew defiantly show up so as not to be erased?