The Dailymail Reports: A former police officer has claimed that Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell made several secret visits to Buckingham Palace to visit Prince Andrew.
Paul Page, who served in the Royal Protection Command from 1998 until 2004, alleged that Maxwell and several other women made trips to the palace to meet with the Duke of York.
He said that the female guests wouldn’t sign the Palace’s gate book and royal protection officers would even drive them home, or face an angry Andrew who’d become ‘abusive’ if challenged.
The Duke of York is under intense scrutiny over his close relationship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein after he killed himself in a Manhattan prison two weeks ago.
Video obtained by the Mail on Sunday shows Andrew waving to a woman from inside Epstein’s New York mansion and the royal has been dogged by claims by Epstein’s alleged ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts .
The Prince categorically denies Roberts allegations and there is no suggestion he slept with underage women.
The Palace also issued a statement calling Mr Page’s claims ‘unsubstantiated’ and drawing attention to his conviction for fraud and his time spent in prison.
It comes as he faces further lurid allegations of having had more than 1,000 lovers, according to the Sun.
Ghislaine Maxwell and the Duke of York in newly resurfaced pictures arriving at the wedding of Aurelia Cecil and Rupert Stephenson at St Michaels and All Angels Church in Compton Chamberlayne in Wiltshire in 2000. A former police officer has now claimed that Prince Andrew invited Maxwell to make ‘secret trips’ to Buckingham Palace
Prince Andrew walks ahead of Ghislaine Maxwell at the wedding in Salisbury in 2000
Maxwell has been accused of acting as a ‘Madam’ and recruiting underage girls for Epstein, though she has denied the claims.
Ex-Met officer Page made the allegations against the Duke of York during a 2009 trial where he was accused of £3million investment fraud.
Page’s statement was never disclosed to the jury but have now been revealed for the first time.
According to the Mirror, Page claimed: ‘It was not just the royalty protection officers who abused their position, members of the Royal Household also frequently did.
‘The biggest culprit was Prince Andrew. Andrew would often have lady friends come to visit, including frequent visits by Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the disgraced late Robert Maxwell.’
Page was found guilty of the fraud and was given six years in jail though his boss, former Chief Superintendent and Head of Royal Protection Dai Davies, confirmed some of his claims.
He said: ‘This did happen. Royals can bring their own guests into the Palace unvetted and unchecked. That’s their prerogative. It is their home.
‘Unless there was anything that would give cause for concern royal officers could not intervene.
Prince Andrew pictured with Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell
Andrew would reportedly become ‘abusive’ if challenged by officers at Buckingham Palace about his female visitors
‘It was particularly the case with that individual who had a reputation for being fairly succinct with his words if police tried to intervene. He has been known to be abrupt with police, including myself on occasions.
‘It’s fair to say and well-documented that he was involved with a number of fairly glamorous good looking young ladies but I have never been aware, then or since, that any were underage.’
Buckingham Palace told Mail Online: ‘During the trial, which resulted in a conviction for fraud, Mr Page made a series of allegations about the Royal Household and members of the Royal Family, none of which were substantiated.’
It comes as the Duke of York has told friends he fears never being able to return to the US with the Jeffrey Epstein case hanging over his head.
Andrew has not set foot in the country since early 2017 and sources say plans to launch a business initiative there later this year have been put on ice.
According to the Mail’s sources, the prince is concerned about being drawn into civil proceedings brought by some of paedophile Epstein’s many victims.
Andrew’s (left) friendship with Epstein (right) goes back to least 1999. In 2000 the financier and his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, were invited by Andrew to a party at Windsor Castle thrown by the Queen
Since Epstein’s arrest last month, Andrew has been trying to distance himself from his old friend, declaring himself ‘appalled’ by reports of the ‘alleged crimes’.
But the efforts have been undermined by the emergence of details of how he hosted the paedophile at Balmoral, and by pictures of the royal at Epstein’s New York mansion in 2010 – two years after the banker had been convicted of sex with a child.
The insider told the Mail: ‘Andrew has openly said he can’t see how he can go back to the US at the moment with everything that is going on.