Revealed: Ghislaine Maxwell visited Prince Andrew up to four times a day at Buckingham Palace and enjoyed picnics with him in the grounds, claims Duke’s former royal protection officer
- Paul Page claimed Prince Andrew had invited Ghislaine Maxwell to the palace
- Hinted that staff said he name should not be entered into the visitors books
- Said he was first made aware of Maxwell and Andrew’s friendship in 2001
A former police protection officer has claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell would visit Prince Andrew up to four times a day at Buckingham Palace and that the pair would enjoy picnics together on the grounds on the estate in London.
Maxwell was a close friend of Prince Andrew’s and is alleged to have recruited girls for US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was also friends with the Prince.
The British socialite is said to have enjoyed afternoons at the palace with the Prince, in view of the Queen’s bedroom window.
Met Police officer Paul Page had previously served as a protection officer for Prince Andrew and claimed the first time he had been made aware of Maxwell was in 2001.
Ghislaine Maxwell would visit Prince Andrew up to four times a day at Buckingham Palace, it has been claimed. The pair are pictured together in 2000
Met Police officer Paul Page had previously served as a protection officer for Prince Andrew and claimed the first time he had been made aware of Maxwell was in 2001
Jeffrey Epstein was friends with Maxwell, who is alleged to have helped him obtain young girls
Speaking to The Mirror, Mr Page, who worked with the Royals from 1998-2004 said he was first alerted to Maxwell when the privy purse called, informing him that a guest was coming to see Andrew but that the name was not to be entered into the book.
‘She turned up in a chauffeur-driven Range Rover and we let her in. Half an hour after that me and my colleague walked through the garden to go back to the police lodge and he was having a picnic with her by the summer house, opposite the Queen’s bedroom window.
‘One of my colleagues saw her come in and out the Palace four times in one day.’
Prince Andrew has been criticised for his relationship with Maxwell and Epstein.
Mr Page has claimed that Andrew and Maxwell would spend time together at Buckingham Palace
Maxwell has denied any wrong doing and Prince Andrew has previously stated that he didn’t know Epstein had been involved in such behaviour.
One accuser, Virginia Roberts, claimed she was trafficked to London and had sex with the prince at Maxwell’s home in March 2001. Andrew denied ever meeting her.
Andrew is not yet thought to have spoken to the FBI, that is leading the case, but he may be forced to if he travels to the US.
With that in mind Mr Page said that he believed nothing would come of it, as there is ‘no evidence that could come to light which would put him in the frame’.
He added that even if the FBI were to request information from the Royal Protection Command then they would receive a no, and stated that they would not receive any documentation from the British police.
Mr Page said if Andrew’s legal team felt there had been any possibility of an indictment, then they would have not let him do the now infamous Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis.
He also claimed that Andrew has now taken steps to distance himself from Ghislaine.
‘He’s obviously been advised to. She’s not going to be afforded the same protection as Andrew, in terms of the FBI investigation. But I can’t see that Ghislaine is going to give any information against Andrew. I just can’t see it.’
In 2009 Mr Page lost his job after he was convicted over a £3 million investment fraud case which he says was unrelated to his job in royal protection.
Buckingham Palace could not be reached this morning.