Prince Andrew’s lawyers are doubting that the photograph showing him posing with Epstein sex slave Virginia Roberts in 2001 is real, it is claimed.
The Duke of York’s legal team is said to have asked to be shown the original image saying the royal has ‘absolutely no recollection’ of it ever being taken.
Sources close to Prince Andrew said there are questions over the veracity of the photo, amid claims the hand round Roberts’s waist does ‘not look right.’
Virginia Roberts Giuffre testified in a 2015 lawsuit that she had sex with the prince when she was 17 during a visit to London with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
But the insider said the prince now believes claims made by Roberts are ‘like a witch-hunt with absolutely no evidence’ of any wrongdoing.
A source said: ‘Look at his fingers in the photo. The duke has quite chubby fingers, they don’t look right and nor does the height of the duke and the girl.
The source added to the Evening Standard: ‘I understand his legal team has asked to have proper sight of the original photograph so they can carry out their own investigation as they seriously doubt its veracity.’
Robert’s testified that Epstein, who was a friend of Andrew’s and was pictured with him a number of times. kept her as a ‘sex slave’ and robbed her of her childhood.
Roberts said that the prince knew ‘exactly what he has done’ and urged him to ‘come clean’ after speaking at a hearing with other Epstein victims yesterday.
Responding to her comments, the source told the Standard: ‘Yes, he does know exactly what he’s done … nothing.’
A senior source added: ‘The duke is adamant and has been consistent since 2011 that he does not recall ever meeting Miss Roberts, let alone the photo being taken.
Ms. Roberts, 36, who now lives in Australia testified that Prince Andrew had sex with her three times when she was 17.
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