The BBC’s Panorama aired a bombshell interview with the former “sex slave”, now known as Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and made to have sex with Prince Andrew three times in 2001 and 2002 when she was 17 years old.
Ms Roberts first made the claims she had sex with Prince Andrew in 2015.
The new Panorama interview contained explicit details of the night Ms Giuffre alleges she was made to have sex with Prince Andrew, in March 2001, including claims that “it didn’t last very long, the whole entire procedure”.
“It was disgusting. He wasn’t mean or anything … He just got up and walked out,” she said.
Prince Andrew has said he has no recollection of meeting Ms Giuffre, denied having sex with her and has suggested a picture of them in a London townhouse is a fake.
However, an email between Prince Andrew and Ms Maxwell in 2015 – aired on Panorama after being found buried in thousands of pages of legal documents – show the pair had discussed her at one point.
“Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts,” Prince Andrew wrote to Ms Maxwell.
She replies: “Have some info – call me when you have a moment.”
Panorama reported that three days later Ms Maxwell sent Prince Andrew a “dossier of inconsistencies and inaccuracies in articles” about Ms Roberts.
Panorama host Darragh McIntyre said the exchange showed Ms Maxwell did not suggest via email the picture was faked, as friends of Prince Andrew’s have later suggested.
In his Newsnight appearance, Prince Andrew had strongly denied having any recollection of even meeting Ms Roberts.
“I don’t remember meeting her at all. I do not remember the photograph being taken and I’ve said consistently and frequently that we never had any sexual contact whatever,” he told presenter Emily Maitlis.
Asked if he had a message for the young woman in the photograph that has dogged the Duke for years, he said: “I don’t have a message for her. I have to have a thick skin if somebody is going to make those allegations.
“I’m at a loss to explain this particular photograph.”
Panorama also heard more about the role of Ms Maxwell in helping to corral girls for Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein accuser Sarah Ransome, 22, told the show: “Ghislaine controlled the girls. She was like the madam.”
Prince Andrew declined to answer detailed questions from the BBC, but did provide a statement.
“The Duke of York unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein’s suicide left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims,” the statement said.
“The duke deeply sympathises with those affected who want some form of closure.
“It is his hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. The duke is willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”