Ghislaine Maxwell was previously described as Prince Andrew’s ‘ex-girlfriend’ during a private tour of Buckingham Palace which the Duke gave to VIPs including former US President Bill Clinton.
Newly emerged photographs from the 2002 trip show Mr Clinton examining artefacts in the ballroom of the Queen’s official residence alongside Ms Maxwell, who faces up to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of a series of sexual offenses in New York.
Mr Clinton had been touring the palace alongside Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who has faced his own sexual harassment allegations in recent years.
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew is pictured pointing at something outside of the shot as a young woman, believed to be part of the entourage, smiles at the camera.
Staff were told Ms Maxwell was joining the tour because she was the Duke of York’s ‘ex-girlfriend’, reports The Telegraph.
A source who was part of the party told the Telegraph: “Ghislaine Maxwell was the one who drove us to Buckingham Palace – she knew her way around that area of the palace.
‘She was described to me [as] an ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew.
On that same trip, Ms Maxwell and Mr Spacey sat in the Succession Chairs – used at the Queen’s coronation in 1953 – as they posed as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured left) was previously described as Prince Andrew’s ‘ex-girlfriend’ during a private tour of Buckingham Palace in 2002 which the Duke gave to VIPs including the former US President Bill Clinton (pictured center)
The photo is believed to have been taken on September 30, 2002 – 18 months after the Duke (left) allegedly had sex with Virginia Roberts, who was 17 at the time.
Those in the entourage explained that the trip around Buckingham Palace was arranged for Clinton and Spacey as guests of Prince Andrew.
The photograph is believed to have been taken on September 30, 2002 – 18 months after the Duke allegedly had sex with Virginia Giuffre, who was 17 at the time.
Ms Giuffre, now 38, is suing the Duke of York for unlimited civil damages in her home country of the United States, claiming she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, the friend of Andrew, for having sex with the royal when she was 17, a minor in the United States. law.
The royal vehemently denies her claim and is demanding a jury trial later this year to fight her sexual assault case.
The decision reportedly horrified senior members of the Royal Family – and led to the Queen stripping him of his military titles and royal patronages so he could face trial as a ‘private citizen’.
On that same trip in 2002, Maxwell and Kevin Spacey sat in the chairs at the estate (pictured) – used at the Queen’s coronation in 1953 – as they posed as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Staff were told Ms Maxwell was joining Prince Andrew’s private visit because she was the Duke of York’s ‘ex-girlfriend’
Records of the court circular show Prince Andrew had arrived in London the day before the tour, September 29, after an official visit to the United States as a trade envoy.
Mr Clinton had spent the previous week touring Africa and was accompanied by Ms Maxwell, Mr Spacey and comedian Chris Tucker.
A source told The Telegraph: ‘This tour was for Clinton and Spacey, they were guests of Prince Andrew. But Ghislaine seemed to be leading the charge.
“The impression we all got was that there was a relationship between Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell – they clearly knew each other very well. She was very friendly and cheerful.
Sources close to the duke previously said he had “no recollection” of the tour.
However, in the photo, Mr Clinton stands in the background in front of the thrones as Maxwell looks on and Prince Andrew points in the distance.
At the time the photo was taken, Maxwell remained close to pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who had sent her £3.7million by bank transfer that month.
Epstein was not on the trip to Buckingham Palace, but lent Mr Clinton his private jet dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’.
Prince Andrew is preparing to give evidence under oath for the Giuffre trial on March 10 in London, at what has been described as a neutral location.