A new report has emerged suggesting Prince Andrew got a foot rub from a young woman inside a New York apartment owned by recently deceased paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The report, published in The New Republic magazine, show emails exchanged between Evgeny Morozov, the author of the magazine's article, and John Brockman, a literary agent from the US. In the email, Brockman tells Morozov he should meet Epstein, calling him "the billionaire science philanthropist."
Brockman recalls a meeting with Epstein: "Last time I visited his house (the largest private residence in NYC), I walked in to find him in a sweatsuit and a British guy in a suit with suspenders, getting foot massages from two young well-dressed Russian women".
The email goes on: "After grilling me for a while about cyber-security, the Brit, named Andy, was commenting on the Swedish authorities and the charges against Julian Assange".
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Prince Andrew then rants about his public profile, Brockman claims in the email, and quotes the Prince as saying: "In Monaco, Albert works 12 hours a day but at 9pm, when he goes out, he does whatever he wants, and nobody cares."
It was then that he realised the man getting the foot rub was Prince Andrew, the email says.
Prince Andrew's friendship with the 66-year-old financier and convicted sex offender was well-documented - in 2011, Prince Andrew stepped down as trade envoy over scrutiny of his association with Epstein.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace rejected any suggestion Prince Andrew was at all involved in Epstein's notorious paedophile ring, which allegedly involved the abuse of a large number of underage girls.
Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell last weekend, soon after pleading not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. His death was ruled a suicide, although "serious irregularities" at the supposedly high-security jail have prompted speculation of foul play.