'Prince Andrew's efforts to distance himself from the Jeffrey Epstein scandal were thrown into turmoil last night as details emerged of how he hosted the paedophile and his entourage at Balmoral.
One of the young women on the trip told the Daily Mail how the prince personally welcomed the party to the castle in mid-1999 – after the disgraced US financier had already begun recruiting dozens of underage girls as sex slaves.
It comes after revelations that Andrew even visited Epstein – who killed himself in prison this month – at his home in New York in 2010. This was two years after Epstein had been convicted of sex with a child.
Last night, Prince Andrew said he was 'appalled' by the allegations about Epstein.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: 'The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes.
'His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.'
In footage from 2010 published by The Mail on Sunday, the Duke of York was shown grinning from the doorway of Epstein's mansion – dubbed the 'House of Horrors' by some of his victims – as a number of very young women leave and enter.
He is seen waving a woman goodbye after Epstein leaves to get in a chauffeur-driven car.
Speaking on condition of anonymity yesterday, the woman who joined Epstein at Balmoral 20 years ago recalled making 'chitchat' with the prince.
'He was really nice. He was very polite. [He had his] guard up,' said the woman, who was then a model in her 20s.
She told how the group stayed overnight at the 52-bedroom castle, and spent the following day being entertained in the grounds.
The visit is thought to have taken place in late summer or early autumn – when the Queen is likely to have been in residence.'
Read more: Revealed: Prince Andrew hosted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein with a young model at Balmoral 'while Queen was in residence' - as royal brands it 'abhorrent to suggest he would condone or participate in' any illegal behaviour
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