Andrew has been put under the spotlight once again as US authorities investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged international sex trafficking ring arrested his friend Ghislaine Maxwell last week. She is believed to have introduced Andrew to convicted sex offender Epstein approximately 20 years ago. Ms Maxwell has been charged with a range of offences, including conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engagement in illegal sex acts, and enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
The newspaper was told the pair were on a private tour of Buckingham Palace organised by Andrew, and were invited into the throne room.
Ms Maxwell is giving a royal wave while the Hollywood actor is “pretending to be Prince Philip”, although a source said “no one can recall” if Andrew was in the room at the time.
Royal fans have been outraged at this supposed sign of disrespect towards the monarch — but this is not the first time Andrew has allowed his guests to sit upon the throne.
Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell
Queen presenting the Queen Elizabeth Prize in 2015 — the thrones can be seen in the background
Biographer Nigel Cawthorne wrote in his new biography, ‘Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace’ that Andrew once bent the rules when he was dating “the striking 28-year-old lingerie designer Caprice Bourret” in 2000.
He wrote: “He took her twice to Buckingham Palace, where she sat on the Queen’s throne and she spotted a bowl she liked.
“She asked Andrew whether she could nick it for her mum and he let her.”
Mr Cawthorne added: “However, Caprice said the dates remained ‘platonic’ and she ended them when the press were starting to link her and Andrew.”
Prince Andrew news: Caprice Bourret claims she was allowed to sit on the throne too
Ms Bourret later confirmed that Andrew’s “trusted dating technique” was to take women around Buckingham Palace.
Cosmopolitan claimed in March that “despite Andrew’s best efforts at wooing her with allegedly stolen goods and cushy chairs, he was always in the friend zone” with the model Ms Bourret.
An insider told The Sun: “She did think it a bit strange that he wanted to hang out, as from her side, there was no chance of a snog — she didn’t fancy him.
“But as an American she was thoroughly entertained at the notion he was a part of the Royal Family.
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Andrew with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2000
Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, has been arrested and charged in the last week
“Plus all the secretive rendezvous, although unnecessary, were a great family dinner conversation point.”
Yet as soon as they were “linked together in the press” she allegedly “ran for the hills”.
The source said: “He wasn’t her type and she found him quite dry.”
An unnamed woman told the Daily Beast in March that she was also allowed to sit upon the Queen’s throne during a date with Andrew, when he invited her to dinner in his private one-bedroom apartment.
A “well-placed source” later told the Daily Beast: “Everyone thinks they are the only person to get to sit on the throne.
“He does it to everyone he is trying to pull.”
‘Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace’ was written by Nigel Cawthorne in 2020 and has been published by Gibson Square. It is available here.