Prince Andrew accused of using N-word as fallout from Epstein interview continues


The embattled Prince is facing yet another controversy after a former aide made accused him of using the N-word during a conversation in 2012.

Embattled royal Prince Andrew has been accused of using the N-word as the fallout from a "disastrous" interview about his links to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old girl continues. 

In an exclusive report from the UK's Evening Standard, Rohan Silva, a former aide of David Cameron, claimed the Prince used the word during a conversation about trade policy in 2012.

Mr Silva said he suggested the Trade Department could improve its work, to which he alleges Prince Andrew responded: “Well, If you’ll pardon the expression, that really is the n***** in the woodpile."


The former aide told the Evening Standard he recalled "walking blinking into the sunshine outside Buckingham Palace, reeling at the prince’s use of language”.

Palace sources have denied that the incident took place, claiming the Prince would never use that language, according to the Evening Standard.

A conservative British MP was suspended in 2017 for several months after using the same phrase.

Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, has recently come under fire for a bizarre hour-long interview with the BBC, in which he denied accusations he had sex with a 17-year-old girl in 2001 and associated with a known pedophile.

Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, claims she was forced to have sex with the prince on three occasions - in London in 2001 when she was 17, in New York and on Epstein's private Caribbean island.

During the interview, Prince Andrew refuted Ms Roberts' allegations that she had been forced to sleep with the royal, claiming that he was at home with his family on the night in question after visiting chain restaurant Pizza Express with his daughter, Beatrice.

He also defended his friendship with the late Epstein, explaining that it took place before he was accused of being a sex offender.

"Was I right in having him as a friend? At the time, bearing in mind this was some years before he was accused of being a sex offender. I don't think there was anything wrong then, the problem was the fact that once he had been convicted," he said.

Image consultant Mark Borkowski said the exchanges were "like watching a man in quicksand" and that he had "never seen anything so disastrous". 

Meanwhile, former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the ill-advised interview was "the latest indication of a malaise afflicting the Royal Household".

Prince Charles, he said, should "have the courage to ... tell Prince Andrew to retire from public life on the basis his judgment has been called into question one too many times".

With AFP.

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