Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and The Paedophile: what we learned from the ITV documentary unpicking the Jeffrey Epstein scandal

Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and The Paedophile: what we learned from the ITV documentary unpicking the Jeffrey Epstein scandal

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Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and The Paedophile, which aired last night, unravelled truths about Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s extensive network of rich, powerful and famous friends.

Since his arrest in 2019, the horrific details of the scale of sexual abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein and his associate Ghislaine Maxwell have shocked the world.

Though Epstein died by suicide before he could face trial, Maxwell was found guilty of recruiting and trafficking young girls to be sexually abused by Epstein in December 2021.

Last night, ITV’s grisly documentary Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and The Paedophile aired, uncovering more details about Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and hinting at an “intimate” relationship between the duke and Ghislaine Maxwell.

Presenter Ranvir Singh interviewed integral figures including friends of Epstein’s, abuse survivors and palace staff, offering a deep dive into one of the biggest headlines of the decade, and aimed to uncover the truth about the relationship between the three powerful figures at the centre of the sexual abuse scandal. 

One of the most important details that emerged was the suggestion that Prince Andrew and Maxwell had a closer relationship than previously assumed.

The duke’s former royal protection officer Paul Page told Singh that he believed Maxwell had a virtually free pass to wander in and out of Buckingham Palace. “From the way she was allowed to enter and exit the palace, at will, we realised… suspected, that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew,” he shared.

“A colleague of mine remembered her coming in four times in one day from the morning till the evening – she kept coming in and out, in and out…” he claimed in the interview.

The documentary also featured the infamous ‘little black book’, the directory listing known associates of Epstein and Maxwell’s that was referenced and used by prosecutors in Maxwell’s recent criminal trial.

During one clip, Singh discovers an entry in the book under ‘Duke of York’, with Buckingham Palace, London, assigned as the address, along with a phone number. After calling the number, it goes to voicemail and a voice, of which Singh says “sounds like Andrew,” can be heard.

The duke, who is facing his own possible civil court case brought by Virginia Giuffre vehemently denies any wrongdoing. Amid the allegations against him, Buckingham Palace announced last week that the Queen had stripped the duke of his military titles and royal patronages after the judge presiding over the civil lawsuit for alleged “sexual assault and battery” was allowed to move to trial.

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein pictured in 2000
Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein pictured in 2000

The film also sought to highlight the “pyramid of abuse” suffered by young girls at the hands of Epstein and Maxwell. 

Speaking to survivors, Singh heard repeatedly that Maxwell was equally to blame for using her influence as a woman to persuade them into Epstein’s web of abuse.

Lisa Bloom, the lawyer who represented eight victims in the trial against Maxwell, maintained that they were recruited by Maxwell for Epstein.

Describing their operation as a “pyramid scheme, with Jeffery Epstein at the top, then Ghislaine, and then all the young girls,” Bloom added that Maxwell was “essentially a pimp” and was also occasionally “directly involved in the sexual assault herself.”

She told Singh that the girls found Maxwell more “trusting” as she was a woman, and that “Ghislaine took advantage of that”. “She normalised Jeffery Epstein’s behaviour and set the tone to enable him to be the predator he was. Women trusted her, people trusted her.”

Throughout Maxwell’s own trial, the court heard emotional testimonies from victims of her and Epstein’s crimes.

Annie Farmer, one of the women who testified against Maxwell, also said: “I am so relieved and grateful that the jury recognised [her] pattern of predatory behaviour.

“I hope that this verdict brings solace to all who need it and demonstrates that no one is above the law.”

And after Prince Andrew was accused of displaying a lack of sympathy and dismissing victim testimonies in his infamous Newsnight interview back in 2019, it seems like a small justice that the documentary did so much more to centre survivors’ stories in the narrative.

Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and The Paedophile is available on ITV Hub.

If you have experienced sexual harassment or assault, it’s not your fault and you are not alone. You can find practical advice about tackling harassment in the workplace by visiting the Citizen’s Advice website, or calling the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Equality Advisory and Support Service on 0808 800 0082.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, Victim Support and Rape Crisis provide support and resources. You can also call the RASAC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre) national helpline on 0800 0288 022.

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