Prince Andrew met Jeffrey Epstein when the convicted paedophile was under house arrest, court documents suggest.
The royal, 63, went to see him in Florida in June 2010 — Epstein emailing a banker to say: “Andrew just sat next to me at dinner.”
It contradicts a claim made by the Duke of York in his infamous 2019 Newsnight interview that he only saw Epstein in December 2010, The Sun reports.
In that interview, Prince Andrew told Emily Maitlis he had gone to New York to end his friendship with the disgraced tycoon and made no mention of any other contact.
Epstein was released from prison following a 13-month sentence for soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008, with Andrew claiming he met with him in December 2010 to break off their friendship.
But new court documents allege the prince also met with the paedophile while he was under house arrest at his Florida home in June earlier the same year, The Mirror reports.
An email sent by Epstein to a banker on June 14 read: “Andrew just sat next to me at dinner.”
The court documents are from a civil case brought by the US Virgin Islands Government against JP Morgan in New York.
They point to a series of emails between Epstein and then JP Morgan boss Jes Staley, which allegedly show how Andrew acted as an intermediary.
Police in Florida began investigating Epstein in 2006, before he was jailed for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
The convicted sex offender was found dead in 2019 in his jail cell in Manhattan while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
Prince Andrew has been contacted for comment.
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