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Prince Andrew and Duchess of York are conspicuously absent as the royals head to church at Balmoral

Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York are conspicuously absent as the royals head to church at Balmoral after he and Fergie left for Spain amid Jeffrey Epstein allegations

  • Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and Lady Louise travelled in car with the Queen
  • Prince Charles and Camilla also attended Sunday Service today in Crathie Kirk
  • Photos have emerged of Prince Andrew at Epstein’s Manhattan home in 2010
  • Buckingham Palace denies wrongdoing on Duke’s part and Queen supports son
  • Royal family members joined the Queen for a Sunday Service in Balmoral this morning – but Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York were conspicuously absent.

    Prince Edward rode in a car with his mother and wife Sophie Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise.

    Prince Charles and Camilla travelled in a separate car in front of them to the service in Crathie Kirk, Balmoral.

    The royal outing came hours after video footage emerged of Prince Andrew at paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s £63million Manhattan mansion on December 6, 2010.

    Royal family members joined the Queen for a Sunday Service at church in Balmoral this morning

    Prince Charles and Camilla travelled in a separate car in front of Her Majesty to the service in Crathie Kirk

    Prince Charles and Camilla travelled in a separate car in front of Her Majesty to the service in Crathie Kirk

    Prince Edward rode in a car with his mother and wife Sophie Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise

    Prince Edward rode in a car with his mother and wife Sophie Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise

    The Duke of York – then the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade – was spotted peering around the door of the billionaire’s home, less than an hour after Epstein, who had been convicted of sex with a child in 2008, left the house in the company of a young, shivering blonde woman.

    Epstein’s nine-storey 21,000 square foot mansion has been dubbed the ‘House of Horrors’ by many of his young victims. 

    By then Epstein – who took his own life last weekend – was on a child sex offender register, yet one observer told The Mail on Sunday that several of the women leaving and entering the home while Andrew was apparently inside ‘looked very young indeed’.

    The Duke has vehemently denied claims by Epstein’s alleged ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts that she had sex with the Prince on three occasions, the first when she was 17 and once at the US millionaire’s now-notorious 40-room mansion at 9 East 71st Street in Manhattan, the setting of these pictures.

    The Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, was all smiles as he and his family arrived for the service

    The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, was all smiles as he and his family arrived for the service

    The Duke and Duchess of York were conspicuously absent from the royal outing today

    The Duke and Duchess of York were conspicuously absent from the royal outing today

    The royal outing came hours after video footage emerged of Prince Andrew at paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's £63million Manhattan mansion on December 6, 2010

    The royal outing came hours after video footage emerged of Prince Andrew at paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s £63million Manhattan mansion on December 6, 2010

    Her allegations, submitted to a court in 2014, were later thrown out by a judge who ordered them to be struck from the record as ‘immaterial and impertinent’.

    Since Epstein’s suicide last weekend as he faced further child sex trafficking charges, Buckingham Palace has repeated its denial of wrongdoing by the Prince.

    ‘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,’ it said.

    The Duke has vehemently denied claims by Epstein's alleged 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts, pictured aged 17, that she had sex with the Prince on three occasions

    The Duke has vehemently denied claims by Epstein’s alleged ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts, pictured aged 17, that she had sex with the Prince on three occasions

    Since Epstein's suicide last weekend as he faced further child sex trafficking charges, Buckingham Palace has repeated its denial of wrongdoing by Prince Andrew

    Since Epstein’s suicide last weekend as he faced further child sex trafficking charges, Buckingham Palace has repeated its denial of wrongdoing by Prince Andrew

    Prince Andrew is currently on a luxury holiday with Sarah Ferguson in Spain and planning a round of golf, with the former couple hoping to stay at the luxury Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande.

    The pair arrived in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia on Wednesday after flying to Malaga by private jet.

    They had previously been at Balmoral, where the Duke was photographed with the Queen last Sunday as they travelled to a church service.

    Prince Andrew is currently on a luxury holiday with Sarah Ferguson in Spain and planning a round of golf

    Prince Andrew is currently on a luxury holiday with Sarah Ferguson in Spain and planning a round of golf

    Andrew and Sarah, who divorced in May 1996, are regular visitors to Sotogrande.

    A decade ago, they retreated to a friend’s £38 million estate near the village of San Enrique de Guadiaro after the Duchess of York was criticised over Duchess On The Estate, a TV documentary featuring her attempts to improve the lives of people in Manchester.

    However, the house has since been sold and it is unclear where the pair are now staying.

    Read more at DailyMail.co.uk