CAUSE Andrew took a wild vacation with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, where he is said to have gone to red-light clubs and hung out with topless women.
The Duke of York, then 40 years old with two young children, was famous for partying with topless women on a yacht in Phuket, Thailand.
Ghislaine Maxwell is also said to have accompanied them on the trip, believed to have stayed at the same hotel as the Duke at the time.
Andrew and Epstein are said to have been spotted in bars around the island resort town of Patong, including one staff member who was a semi-naked dancer.
The sleazy vacation opens an open door into the relationship between Andrew and the pedophile couple.
He is said to have become increasingly close to them around this time, which is just months before he was accused of sexually abusing Virginia Roberts.
The Duke denies any wrongdoing about his relationship with Epstein and Maxwell – and denies ever meeting Virginia.
In December 2000, Andrew allowed his close friend Maxwell to celebrate her 39th birthday at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where Epstein was a guest.
The American financier and famous boyfriend of Maxwell were allowed to land their private jet at nearby RAF Marham base, while Andrew spent £20,000 hosting a pheasant shooting weekend to impress. statue with friends.
And right after Christmas, on December 27, Andrew is said to have flown to Thailand with Ghislaine, where they met Epstein again.
The couple stayed at the luxury Amanpuri hotel on Phuket island, where the Duke stayed in a private £4,000-a-night villa with gilded bedrooms and a private black-tiled swimming pool.
Lana, a Canadian journalist based in Phuket, told The Sun Online: “Amanpuri is an extremely exclusive resort – it’s the go-to place for celebrities and those in need of privacy and luxury at a high level.”
In a strange coincidence, this is the same hotel where Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson first went to financial advisor John Barry while still married to Andrew, before the photo of him sucking her toe in St Tropez appeared.
It was on this trip that the infamous photos of Andrew on a hotel yacht surrounded by topless women.
And in the evening, the Duke and Epstein were hanging out in the notorious resort of Patong, about an hour’s drive south of the hotel, reportedly visiting the town’s local red light district.
Among the couple’s entertainment outlets is Banana Disco, a website featuring videos of young women in revealing clothes.
Lana, who runs the travel blog gophuket.net, said: “Banana Disco is a nightclub popular with tourists – nothing exclusive, just DJ music and cocktails and a dance floor.”
This area is very erotic and many prostitutes.
Reports say Epstein and the Queen’s son also went to an adult bar called Rock Hard’s Crazy Girls.
Its Facebook page promises visitors to find “the hottest and most glamorous bars with the best atmosphere and friendly atmosphere”.
The manager at the time told The Sunday Mirror: “I’m absolutely amazed to see the Prince here.
“But he was unfazed and seemed quite relaxed until people realized who he was.”
One of the officials said: “You certainly wouldn’t bring a member of the Thai royal family into a place like this.
“The area is very crowded and many of the girls are prostitutes.”
The manager added that he asked the Duke: “Are you Prince Andrew?” to which he replied, “Yes. How did you know that?”
He said that the Duke entered with four friends and a bodyguard, and that they ordered some Absolut vodka.
“One of the girls came over to talk to the Prince and flirt a bit,” he said. “He was very polite but nothing to it, just a short conversation.
“We had hundreds of girls dancing and it was no different that night. When I recognized Andrew, his bodyguard put a finger to his lips to signal that I shouldn’t draw attention to him.
“They stayed for about half an hour until other guests started to notice who he was.”
Maxwell was in Thailand with the couple, although she was not photographed on the yacht with Andrew.
The show in Thailand was organized by Andrew’s business partner, Johan Eliasch, a Swedish sports mogul based in Monaco who met the Duke at a Buckingham Palace event and is believed to be agreed to sign some bills for the Queen’s son to stay.
At the time, Andrew was receiving £240,000 a year from the taxpayer to help cover his living, as well as a salary of £60,000 as Commander of the Royal Navy, a position he gave up on the summer of 2001 when he assumed his role. a traveling ambassador for British business.
While on the yacht, Andrew was caught trying to throw Tara Palmer-Tompkinson’s bikini-clad blonde best friend Normandie Keith, 28, into the sea.
On board was also 22-year-old Atomic Kitten star Jenny Frost, who was pictured half-naked with the Duke on the £1million yacht.
She told The Sunday People at the time: “I didn’t hesitate to go topless in front of Prince Andrew, why should I? The fact that I didn’t want to get those marks on my body in the shower. sunny.
“I don’t mind letting my breasts show in front of anyone.”
The focus of his new friends is now Ghislaine, daughter of the late disgraced media baron and congressman Robert Maxwell. In 2001, Andrew is said to have accompanied her on at least eight trips.
In an ITV documentary this week, a friend of the couple sensationally stated Andrew and Ghislaine may have been dating During this time period.
Speaking on ‘Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile’, British investment banker Euan Rellie said: “I have a feeling that Prince Andrew and Ghislaine may have been girlfriends and boyfriends in the past. They are very close to each other.”
At the time, concern arose about the circles Andrew was moving into.
The People newspaper quoted an old friend of the prince as saying: “It is time for him to wake up and feel reality.
“Andrew doesn’t know what kind of relationship he’s having with these people. He doesn’t know about most of them.”
His crazy New Year comes just months after the Duke attended an infamous “Hookers and Pimps” party with Ghislaine on Halloween 2000, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum.
Also moving into Andrew’s orbit at this point was Goga Ashkenazi, a flamboyant Kazakh socialist who was still a student at Oxford University.
The prominent Goga was in Phuket for a New Year’s Eve party held at her boyfriend Dino Lalvani’s house when she met the Duke.
Eliasch takes Andrew to Goga’s party, and the pair go on to become close friends, with Goga being one of the Duke’s most loyal allies.
In 2011, she told the Evening Standard: “We’ve known each other for 10 years, we’re good friends, and I like. think he loves me.”
A “charming” Andrew introduced Goga to the Queen at Ascot in 2007.
In 2002, Goga went topless on a yacht with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore, transferring onto his yacht for three months after finishing her college finals.
Her rise to money and power is truly remarkable, growing up as the daughter of a communist leader in Kazakhstan when it was part of the Soviet Union, after which she was sent to a boarding school. in England before entering Oxford.
But by way of self-identification, learning has taken a backseat to partying and she has a third, preferring to spend her nights at London’s posh nightclubs Chinawhite and Tramp, which will also be standout marks. in Andrew’s life.
In March 2001, just two months after he was spotted with a “crowd” of semi-naked women on a yacht in Thailand, Prince Andrew is said to have met 17-year-old Epstein, Maxwell and Roberts at the exclusive membership. club, before returning to Maxwell’s house in London.
This is the night that the infamous photo of Andrew with his arm around Virginia is said to have been taken before the teenager was paid $10,000 (£8,000) for sex with the Duke.
Andrew has denied ever having sex with her and claims he was at a Pizza Express branch in Woking, Surrey, the night he was supposed to be at the Tramp.
Thailand will prove to be a central part of Virginia and Andrew’s life later in life.
In September 2002, 19 and “too old” to give Epstein another massage, she flew to Thailand after Maxwell bought her a ticket.
She was asked to meet a specific Thai girl that Epstein “bought” who would be sent back to the United States, but instead, Virginia fled to Australia.
Meanwhile, Andrew will return to Thailand in 2007, again to see Goga.
Prince Andrew and Goga meet again at the same Amanpuri hotel to discuss a deal to buy Sunninghill Park, the unloved mansion built for him and Fergie that he has struggled to sell for years. .
The trip from January 31 to February 5 saw 18 people descending to the luxury resort. Among them were Goga and Arvind Tiku, a wealthy Indian businessman and business partner of Timur Kulibayev.
Kulibayev is the son-in-law of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and also has two children with Goga while married to the President’s daughter.
In addition, there is Marianna Belchanskaya, a Russian lawyer; Kairat Boranbayev, Chairman of the Russian-Kazakhstan Kazrosgaz oil company, which is owned by Kazakhstan and the Kremlin.
They are joined by a mysterious man who stays in Goga’s private mansion and uses the alias “John Smith” in his resort booking records.
Later that year, Goga facilitated sold Sunninghill from Andrew to Kulibayev for £15m, £3 million more than the asking price.
At the time, Andrew was a traveling British trade ambassador.
Despite accusations of dirty money, Goga has quashed speculation about the property.
In 2013, she said, “I can’t believe all the fuss about this stupid house. I referred them, so what? I’m not a real estate agent. All speculation. About the price.
“I think they just don’t want to barter with the royal family.”
At the time, Buckingham Palace released a statement about the sale, saying it was “a direct commercial transaction between the trust that owns the home and the trust that purchased it”.
It added: “There is no side agreement and absolutely no arrangement from the Duke of York to profit or commit to any other commercial arrangement.”
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