Prince Andrew Flees to Spain as Heat Rises in Jeffrey Epstein Case
Duke of York leaves Royal Family in Scotland, takes private jet to Spanish hideaway
Prince Andrew has fled to Spain on a private jet with his live-in ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, as the heat continues to rise in the child sex trafficking case against his recently-deceased friend Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew, the Duke of York, was seen landing his plane in Malaga with the Duchess, after the pair left early from the Royal Family's vacation at the Queen's official Scottish residence in Balmoral, Scotland.
The prince's relationship with convicted sex offender and accused child sex trafficker Epstein has come under increasing scrutiny since the Clinton-linked billionaire was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday after an "apparent suicide."
Andrew appeared in unusually high spirits on Sunday as he traveled with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to join their fellow Royals at the family estate, despite the death of his friend.
Epstein died while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, and while many assumed the case may have followed him, feds have now stepped up the investigation.
On Monday, officials from the FBI and NYPD landed on Epstein's private island in the US Virgin Islands, aka "Pedophile Island," raiding the properties and even searching the waters around the shoreline.
Agents were seen confiscating computer equipment during the raids.
The Duke and Duchess of York were on the way to their favorite Spanish hideaway Sotogrande after The Sun revealed they planned to stay on their own at a secret retreat.
Royal insiders reportedly told the British newspaper that Andrew, 59, is starting to “s*** himself” over renewed attention after Epstein’s death in a New York jail while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
President Donald Trump has told the press it's imperative that the question, of whether or not #BillClinton visited #JeffreyEpstein's "#PedophileIsland," is investigated.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) August 14, 2019
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Sources insist Sarah Ferguson intends to show support for her ex-husband publicly — and wants to secure their renewed romantic relationship.
The insider explained: “The Duchess insisted she go on holiday with the Duke to look after him and show the world she stands by him.
“The Duke has been fairly relaxed up to now, he’s starting to s*** himself.
“It’s become the biggest story in the world and he’s at the heart of the coverage.”
Fergie has been resolutely supportive, Royal insiders say.
The source added: “She feels this is like the old days when they would take on the world together.
"She knows she has to get him away from all the headlines.”
Andrew and Fergie were meant to spend the week at Balmoral but left early and traveled on Wednesday from Farnborough airport, Hants.
They were spotted descending the steps of his private jet with luggage at Malaga at around 3 pm.
Britain's #PrinceAndrew was all smiles on Sunday following the death of his alleged "friend" - convicted pedophile and accused child sex trafficker #JeffreyEpstein, who was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) August 12, 2019
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The apparent suicide of Epstein, 66, on Saturday, came hours after a court in New York released previously sealed legal documents.
They included old claims — struck from US court records in 2015 — that Andrew raped one of Epstein’s alleged sex slaves, Virginia Roberts, when she was 17.
On Tuesday, the prince vigorously denied any wrongdoing.
A 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.
“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.”