The Duke of York has so far declined to comment after Maxwell was arrested and charged for grooming underage girls and sex trafficking them for
The 58-year-old socialite – who once mixed with celebrities, presidents and royalty at high-class parties – is now bedding in at the Metropolitan Detention Center, once described by a judge as ‘like a third-world country’.
Sources have now revealed how Andrew is ‘agonising’ over whether to condemn Maxwell as he tries to save his own reputation.
Prince Andrew is ‘agonising’ over whether to condemn Ghislaine Maxwell as he tries to save his own reputation
He is also still facing the prospect of being quizzed by the FBI over his relationship with Maxwell and convicted paedophile Epstein.
A source told the Telegraph: ‘Voltaire on his deathbed, who was asked by the priest to renounce the devil, replied: ”This is no time to be making enemies”.
‘The same applies to Prince Andrew. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. This doesn’t seem a good time for him to publicly come out and criticise her. It would seem bad timing to do that now.’
Andrew has previously been criticised for not publicly condemning Epstein and for saying he did not regret their friendship.
Now, eyes are again on the Duke to see how he will react to the imprisonment of Maxwell, a close personal friend of 30 years.
Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, aged 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London
Maxwell had a private tour of Buckingham Palace organised by the Duke of York and sat on a throne, in breach of royal protocol, it has been reported.
She is now due in court on Friday on four counts of grooming and child sex trafficking and two separate charges of perjury.
Maxwell, the daughter of the disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell, is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, described as a ‘hell hole’ by a former warden.
Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by the financier, alleges Prince Andrew had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17, still a minor under US law.
Prince Andrew has consistently denied any wrongdoing.