Queen supports Prince Andrew amid sex scandal

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The drive to Crathie Church at Balmoral was the first time Andrew had been seen since 66-year-old Epstein's death from an apparent suicide in federal custody on the weekend.

Disgraced businessman Jeffrey Epstein may have died on Sunday, but the fallout from his death continues to be far-reaching for royals, celebrities, and politicians.

It was among more than 2,000 pages of bombshell testimony that related to a defamation case filed by Virginia Giuffre, who claimed to have had sex with Prince Andrew "three times".

In a 2015 court application, a judge threw out Ms Giuffre's allegations taht she had sex with the Duke and ordered them to be struck from the record as being "immaterial and impertinent".

"And so then I sat on Andrew's lap, and I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet's hands and put it on Virginia's breast, and so Andrew put his on mine".

Police officers cover a medical examiner auto outside New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital where Jeffrey Epstein's body was transported. "Royals rally round" read a caption in the Sun, a right-wing tabloid.

Their eldest daughter Princess Beatrice is also at the estate, and was seen in the same auto as the Queen and her father this morning to attend church.

That friendship with Epstein has already dogged Andrew for years.

Britain's monarch smiled beside her 59-year-old son as they were driven to church in Scotland, with the Prince grinning widely despite being newly accused of groping a woman's breast at Epstein's mansion.

Although there's no report the Princess of Wales met Epstein herself, the identity of the "secretary" is also not revealed.

The prince's former wife, Sarah Ferguson, also was tangled up with Epstein, having accepted £15,000 pounds ($18,000) from him to help pay off her debts. Epstein was, by then, a registered sex offender, and questions were raised about Andrew's judgment. "I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you". "The victims deserve justice, and they will get it".

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told NBC: "This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party". A number of British lawmakers are now calling for a new investigation of Prince Andrew's ties to Epstein. "This is very serious and authorities should learn from the past in ignoring such allegations".

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