Prince Andrew All Smiles Following Death of 'Friend' Jeffrey Epstein
British Royal appears in good spirits day after pedophile found dead in jail cell
Britain's Prince Andrew was all smiles on Sunday following the death of his alleged "friend" - convicted pedophile and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday.
The British Royal was pictured traveling to a church on the Queen's private Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and looked, for want of a better phrase, like he'd just won the lottery.
The Queen sat next to her son Andrew, who faces renewed scrutiny over his friendship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died in jail awaiting trial on child trafficking charges.
Epstein was killed by an apparent "suicide" on the morning after bombshell documents were unsealed on Friday, tying the wealthy child molester to powerful elites, including Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton.
The Prince shared a car with his mother and daughter, Princess Beatrice, to Kirk on the Scottish estate Sunday morning, while Andrew's eldest brother Prince Charles and his wife Camilla drove separately.
Epstein was accused of forcing dozens of underage girls to have sex with powerful elites at his residences in New York and Florida but denied two counts of child sex trafficking.
His body was discovered on Saturday morning at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan at 6.30am.
His death came just hours after a New York court released 2,000 pages of previously sealed legal documents.
One document repeated the allegation from a woman who says she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was a teenager, which the Prince has always denied.
Prince Andrew, who joined the Prince [Charles] of Wales and Duchess [Camilla] of Cambridge at the service, may be dragged deeper into the Jeffrey Epstein "sex slave" scandal as sources say an FBI inquiry would now switch to the billionaire's associates.
Epstein, a former friend of the Duke of York, aka Prince Andrew, allegedly hanged himself in his New York prison cell yesterday just hours after explosive new documents emerged detailing his depraved activities.
The court papers repeated claims that the Duke slept with Virginia Roberts, 17 at the time and one of Epstein's "sex slaves," and that he groped a 21-year-old woman.
The prince denies the claims.
Epstein's death has fuelled a raft of conspiracy theories, with lawyers for his alleged victims saying he has "cheated justice."
Calls are now being made for the criminal investigation to focus on British socialite and alleged "pimp" Ghislaine Maxwell - a mutual friend of Epstein and the Duke.
The latest legal documents claim she "operated as ... Epstein's procurer of underage girls."
She has repeatedly denied involvement in his crimes.
As the FBI launched an investigation into Epstein's death, it emerged that:
- A reporter with the Washington Post newspaper claimed Epstein had told authorities that someone tried to kill him several weeks ago;
- The billionaire had been taken off suicide watch a few days ago, despite being taken to hospital with neck wounds following an apparent suicide bid last month;
- Alleged victims of the financier prepared to file massive compensation claims against his estate;
- The US Attorney General said Epstein's death "raises serious questions."
A legal source said: "Ghislaine is the key to all this now that Epstein will no longer face justice himself.
"The victims deserve answers and she was the person closest to Epstein.
"Far from being the end to Prince Andrew's problems, Epstein's suicide could put him under renewed scrutiny because of his close friendship with Ghislaine."
Epstein, who once counted Bill Clinton among his friends, was facing allegations that he created "a vast network" of underage girls whom he abused between 2002 and 2005.
Asked if the Duke of York would respond to the news of his former friend's death, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which The Duke of York is not a party.
"Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue."
But in 2015 Buckingham Palace issued a dramatic and unprecedented denial that he slept with Miss Roberts, saying; "It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.
"Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation."