Prince Andrew‘s ‘awkward’ nature has been exposed by a Tatler writer who interviewed more than 30 of the Duke’s friends and acquaintances for a portait of the royal’s controversial social life.
The Duke of York, 60, has been under scrutiny over his friendship with the late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been charged with child sex trafficking and perjury, and his alleged partying in the nineties.
Writing in Times 2, UK-based Vassi Chamberlain, a former features editor at society bible Tatler, claimed that on a night out ‘sexy young women’ would throw their hands all over the eighth-in-line to the throne – who they refer to as ‘Andy’.
Ms Chamberlain recalled being at a dinner party hosted by an art dealer with the Prince in the 1990s, where she alleged his ‘sexual appetite’ was on full display.
UK-based Vassi Chamberlain – Former features editor at society bible Tatler – alleged that on a night out ‘sexy young women’ would throw their hands all over Prince Andrew. He is pictured in the 1990s at Chinese New Year party
While the writer and fellow guests bowed and curtsied at the Prince’s arrival, when a group of ‘sexy young women, introduced as models’ joined the crowd she claimed they didn’t respect formalities.
‘They flung their arms around him, crying: ‘”Andy, darling!'” They clearly knew him well,’ she penned.
‘What I remember above all about this most unusual experience was the look on his face. It wasn’t that of a creepy, sex-obsessed man — he looked more like a dumbfounded adolescent.’
Ms Chamberlain, who has met the prince several times, also added that his ‘reputation as a blundering and arrogant buffoon is not without foundation’.
Ms Chamberlain recalled being at dinner party hosted by an art dealer with the Prince in the 1990s, where she alleged his ‘sexual appetite’ was on full display. Prince Andrew is pictured in March this year in London
The writer claimed she witnessed the Duke’s ‘boorishness’ first hand at a lunch in his honour at Conde Nast’s UK headquarters Vogue House. Andrew is pictured in his Navy uniform
The writer claimed that she witnessed the Duke’s ‘boorishness’ first hand at a lunch in his honour at Conde Nast’s UK headquarters Vogue House in central London.
She recalled that he was ‘awkward and uneasy’ in a group conversation, but that didn’t stop him from giving an unsolicited 30-minute monologue to the eight editors present on the difficulties of reversing ‘a tanker into port’.
One of her friends, who knew the Prince well, called him a man with ‘all the airs and graces of royalty, but none of their superiority’ – and added that the father-of-two ‘lacks Eton charm.’
Ms Chamberlain, who spoke to more than 30 of his friends for the article, claimed that many – including one of his former lovers – said he ‘always chased a sh*g’.
Prince Andrew is pictured at Goga Ashkenazi’s 30th Birthday Party at Tyringham Hall in Buckinghamshire in 2010. Ms Chamberlain, who has met the prince several times, also wrote that his ‘reputation as a blundering and arrogant buffoon is not without foundation’.
The article also went on to allege that Andrew and other royals ‘actively seek out the rich’ as every penny they spend needs to be accounted for – meaning they’re unable to splash out on private planes and yachts. He is pictured at his billionaire friend’s Goga Ashkenazi 30th birthday party
Ms Chamberlain, who spoke to more than 30 of his friends for the article, claimed that many – including one of his former lovers – said he ‘always chased a sh*g’. She is pictured at a dinner hosted by Alexa Chung in London in 2018
The article also went on to allege that Andrew and other royals ‘actively seek out the rich’ because every penny they spend needs to be accounted for – meaning they’re unable to splash out on private planes and yachts.
One member of his social circle wrote: ‘They love free holidays. I’m not surprised Andrew was so easily seduced by Epstein, with his vast array of influential friends. The girls around [Andrew] were not the main point, but they were definitely his Achilles’ heel.’
Another of his former lovers claimed that Andrew had a ‘pathetic sense of humour’ and found ‘poo cushions funny’ – adding he used ‘because I’m the Duke of York’ as every punchline.
The revelations come as Donald Trump’s Attorney General said his prosecutors ‘definitely’ want to speak to the royal about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Pictured, Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts aged 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London. The Duke of York is in a war of words with the US authorities and the royal insists he is willing to speak to them about Jeffrey Epstein
Bottoms up! Andrew is seen holding an empty pint glass and donning a tux at a 2003 bash. He partied with a vast array of influential friends, one source claimed
Andrew is involved in a war of words with the US authorities over whether he will assist their inquiries into the sex crimes of his paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a New York jail cell last summer.
Ms Maxwell was arrested on 2nd July after a raid on her remote mansion in New Hampshire and is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn after being charged with child sex trafficking and perjury.
Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts claimed she was trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with Andrew three times when she was 17. But Andrew strenuously denies this claim.
Yesterday the US Attorney General Bill Barr said that Andrew must speak to the FBI and his team ‘definitely’ want to interview him.
He commented: ‘The department wants to talk to Prince Andrew. That’s why the Southern District has been making efforts to communicate with him. We’ve made it clear that we’d like to communicate with him’.
A source close to Prince Andrew previously told DailyMail.com that he was ‘bewildered’ by the ongoing claims that he wasn’t cooperating, and says his team tried to reach prosecutors several times.
How Duke of York’s annual meetings with Epstein including after he was sent to jail caused Prince Andrew decades of trouble
Here is a timeline of the duke’s relationship with Epstein.
Andrew first meets Epstein, reportedly introduced through his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.
Andrew welcomes Epstein to the Queen’s private Scottish retreat in Aberdeenshire. Andrew later says he sees Epstein ‘infrequently’, adding ‘probably no more than only once or twice a year’.
Andrew and Ms Maxwell are seen on holiday with Epstein at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein and Ms Maxwell attend a party at Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen to mark Andrew’s 40th birthday, the Princess Royal’s 50th, the Queen Mother’s 100th and Princess Margaret’s 70th.
Virginia Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew ‘three times, including one orgy’, with the first encounter allegedly taking place in Ms Maxwell’s London townhouse. Ms Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew on two more occasions, at Epstein’s New York home and at an ‘orgy’ on his private island in the Caribbean.
Epstein admits prostituting minors and is sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Epstein is released from jail. Andrew is photographed with the disgraced Epstein in New York’s Central Park.
Footage emerges years later, reportedly shot on December 6 2010, showing him inside Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, from where he is seen looking out from a large door of the property waving a woman goodbye after Epstein leaves to get into a chauffeur-driven car.
The duke quits his role as UK trade envoy after the fallout from the Central Park photos.
Buckingham Palace denies Andrew has committed any impropriety after he is named in US court documents related to Epstein. A woman, later named in reports as Ms Roberts, alleges in papers filed in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the state.
In April the claims against Andrew are struck from US civil court records following a federal judge’s ruling.
Newly released legal documents show that Johanna Sjoberg, another alleged Epstein victim, claimed Andrew touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the US billionaire’s Manhattan apartment in 2001. Buckingham Palace said the allegations are ‘categorically untrue’.
Epstein is found dead in his jail cell on August 10, having killed himself after being charged with sex trafficking.
Later that month a pilot on Epstein’s private jet claims Andrew was a passenger on past flights with the financier and Ms Roberts.
On November 16, the prince gave a ‘disastrous’ BBC interview in which he spoke about his friendship with Epstein and addressed allegations of his own sexual conduct.
The duke denied he slept with Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein’s victims, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage, saying one encounter in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party. The same alleged sexual liaison, which the American said began with the royal sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually wrong as the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.
He cast doubt on the authenticity of a picture that appears to show Andrew with his arm around the waist of Miss Roberts, when a teenager.
Ghislaine Maxwell is arrested in New Hampshire as pressure grows on Andrew to speak to the FBI.