Prince Andrew sparked a Buckingham Palace security breach by inviting an ‘unvetted’ female masseuse to his bedroom for a treatment – then emerged from the bathroom completely naked, MailOnline can reveal.
Monique Giannelloni says she felt ‘uncomfortable’ when the Duke suddenly appeared in the nude in front of her during the treatment arranged by Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged ‘fixer’, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Speaking to MailOnline Monique revealed she wasn’t searched and didn’t sign in when she arrived at the palace and was shown up to Andrew’s bedroom by a royal valet.
‘I got to the room and Andrew was stood there in a robe,’ she said. ‘After saying ‘Hello’, he disappeared to the bathroom and came back in the nude.
‘I averted my eyes and I was quite embarrassed.’
Monique Giannelloni (above) was invited to Buckingham Palace to massage Prince Andrew in his bedroom on June 30, 2000, after being recommended to the Duke by Ghislaine Maxwell
Monique says she was a professional massage therapist aged 35 working in London and counted Ms Maxwell (above) among her wealthy clients when she was asked to treat Andrew
Now a 55-year-old mother-of-two living in southern France, Monique says she was shocked at how easily she was allowed into the palace quickly she was alone with the royal in his room
Monique says she was booked to give Andrew a treatment by the Duke’s then-Assistant Private Secretary Charlotte Manley, who then signed her cheque of £75 for the treatment she did
Upon arriving at Buckingham Palace to treat the royal, at the time fifth in line to the throne, the massage therapist says she wasn’t signed in and no background checks were done on her
‘I was a professional masseuse,’ she said. ‘I had boundaries. I felt deeply concerned that the massage was conducted in Andrew’s bedroom when there were many rooms available at the Palace. I hadn’t expected Andrew to take his clothes off and that wasn’t discussed.’
Recalling her visit, Monique said a number of security lapses occurred when she arrived at the palace where she simply had her car number plate taken before being waved inside.
‘It was so easy to get into the palace and it troubled me because I could have been anyone.
‘I didn’t know Andrew and never met anyone from the royal household. Nobody knew me. I wasn’t spoken to by a Royal Protection officer or asked any questions at all.’
‘Nobody checked my bag when I arrived or when I left. I certainly expected more stringent security checks.’
At the time of the treatment on June 30, 2000, Monique was a 35-year-old qualified professional practitioner, who counted Ms Maxwell among her clients.
After one appointment, the socialite told her: ‘I am going to introduce you to someone more famous than God.’
Monique (pictured) attended two appointments at the Belgravia home of socialite Ms Maxwell who told the therapist after a treatment she’d introduce her to people ‘more famous than God’
Monique, who handed over photos of her at the time to MailOnline, says that she was led up to the bedroom by a palace aide and was overwhelmed by the grandeur of Buckingham Palace
Monique, pictured near her home in southern France, says she found Epstein ‘Creepy, seedy and very pretentious’ and said she could have been one of his victims if she’d been younger
A few weeks later Monique received the phone call from the Duke’s then-Assistant Private Secretary, Charlotte Manley.
She recalled that she was ‘very nervous’ about the invitation to the palace.
Now a 55-year-old married mother-of-two who runs a restaurant in the South of France, she said: ‘I am from South Africa and to be walking through Buckingham Palace would have been something I could never have imagined in my life time.
‘As I went along the hallway it was nothing but splendour. There were beautiful draped curtains and a plush carpet which ran along the middle of the hallway.
‘There were gold framed paintings of members of the royal family over the centuries and some beautiful vases on tables.
‘It was all very grand and nothing I could ever have dreamed I would see.’
She got to the bedroom and there was Andrew who smiled politely and shook her hand as he said ‘Hello’.
‘It was a very intimate room, but very big. I put my massage table out. There was loads of space. The windows looked out onto the front of the Palace. I could see the Queen Victoria Statue and the Palace gates.
He said, ‘Excuse me’ and went into the bathroom. He came out and he was naked. He got onto the table. I didn’t know where to look.
The Queen was forced to sack her second son Andrew from his royal duties in the fallout from his ill-judged BBC Newsnight interview on his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein
‘I didn’t know him and felt that it was inappropriate for him to take his clothes off so quickly without discussing it.
‘I didn’t know him and he didn’t know me.
‘But then again maybe that is what he does when he has a massage. I thought he was obviously very comfortable in this situation so I just let it go.
The Duke struggled his way through his disastrous tell-all BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis recorded at Buckingham Palace (above) for which he has been heavily criticised
Monique said she had been to Ms Maxwell’s Belgravia home on two occasions before the palace visit – and given her a massage upstairs with 67-year-old Epstein present.
She said initially she had never heard of her wealthy client, who asked her when they met: ‘Don’t you know who I am darling? You should read the tabloids I am a celebrity.’
Later Monique researched her online and saw her pictured with Andrew at a wedding then realising she was the daughter of the disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell.
‘When she told me about that person more famous than God, I thought she may have meant an actor or something.
‘Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be royalty.’
In her interview she also shed new light on that now notorious photo of Andrew with his arm around the waist of his sex accuser Virginia Roberts, taken in Ms Maxwell’s Belgravia home in 2001.
In his ‘car crash’ BBC Newnight interview he suggested the picture may have been faked – and said he had never been upstairs in Ms Maxwell’s London home.
Andrew’s judgement was called into question over his friendship with Epstein, above walking with the shamed businessman in Central Park in 2010 after his jail release for child sex crimes
But Monique insisted it was taken on the upstairs landing and said the room where she massaged Ms Maxwell is on the left.
She said she first came into contact with Ms Maxwell when she received a call to her mobile phone from the socialite’s secretary.
She said she had been working in London as a massage therapist for four years and worked with a number of celebrity and high net worth clients.
She said: ‘Out of the blue I got a call from Ghislaine’s secretary, I can’t remember her name, but she was based in New York.
‘It was at night and she said her boss was coming into London late that evening. She wanted to book a massage at 11pm.
‘I said I was sorry as I didn’t do massages that late at night. She was quite insistent and said Ms Maxwell would be very tired.
‘But I gave her an appointment for around 10.30am the next morning.
‘I went to her house in Belgravia and recall it was in a cobbled street.
‘She was busy talking to someone, her lawyer or accountant, and kept me waiting.
‘She then asked me ‘Darling…can you go and buy me some cigarettes?’
‘I was annoyed by her arrogant attitude and felt she was wasting my time.
‘I bought her cigarettes and waited for an hour or so by which time she gave me her cheque book and told me to write up what she owed me.
Virginia Roberts claims Andrew had sex with her three times when she was 17. Andrew has always denied the claims. The pair were famously pictured on the landing of Ms Maxwell’s Belgravia home. Monique says she massaged Ms Maxwell in a room to the left of the picture
‘Our next appointment was a few days later. I was shown to a room upstairs and was asked to massage her on the bed, but I insisted on using my own table.
‘It was a small room and very little space around the bed which was quite big.
‘Epstein was present during the massage and there was an animated discussion going on between the two that lasted most of the time. They were talking about purchasing an island.
‘They were mentioning millions of pounds and speaking very pretentiously and I thought, ‘Who are these people?’
‘It was all rather awkward because Epstein was there. I felt I wasn’t giving a good treatment and she wasn’t getting much out of it.
‘Epstein was creepy, seedy and very pretentious. I got the impression he and Ghislaine were either brother-and-sister or business partners, never a couple.’
‘She told me about a yacht party she was hosting and asked me if I would be prepared to go and give massages.
Ms Maxwell, the 57-year-old daughter of late media tycoon Robert Maxwell, is accused of being Epstein’s ‘madam’ who procured young girls for him to have sex with, a claim she denies
‘She told me that I would have to keep private what happened on the yacht. I assumed she meant ‘anything goes.’
‘I politely declined the invitation because it did not sound like the sort of thing I wanted to be involved with.
‘I thought she was very distasteful and pretentious, the way she spoke. I didn’t like her attitude or her at all.
‘I was very shocked when it all came out about Epstein’s friendship with Andrew.
‘In my opinion Epstein was not a good choice of friend for Andrew.
‘At the time I had an instinctive feeling of uneasiness about Epstein but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
‘Now I look back and am thankful that I was 35 and not some vulnerable teenager who could have been another of Epstein’s victims.’
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: ‘We never comment on matters of security.’