Prince Andrew has made headlines lately, as Virginia Roberts is suing him for allegedly raping her when she was 17 years old. Now, Emma Gruenbaum, who was a sports massage therapist for Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, is coming clean about his inappropriate behavior.
The professional got a call from Andrew's assistant telling her to go to the Royal Lodge, which was "unusual" for her to "come on a Sunday afternoon."
"But I said yes and went along at about 6 p.m. as arranged," she revealed. “I knew the park because my horse was kept there. I took my own table, which I always use because it is set at the right height for me to do the massage properly. But when I got there I got told, 'No, he will only use his own table.' I was led through the house by a member of staff. I followed him up a couple of flights of stairs and ended up in the bedroom, a very impressive master suite."
“I said, ‘Oh I’m not really comfortable doing this in his bedroom.’ I looked at the massage table and I said, ‘And that is much too high.’ It was up to my hips so I’d be kind of there massaging at boob level, which is something I obviously didn’t want. So I said, ‘Can we move it out of the bedroom? I am not comfortable,'" she shared of the experience. “But I was told it wasn’t an option, this was the way the Duke liked it. He always had massages in his bedroom and he liked to be close to his bed to roll into bed after. I was told not to make a fuss. I didn’t know what else to say and the staff member left.”
Gruenbaum attempted to lower the table for a massage, and Andrew said, "Hey, nice ass. Do you take it up the ass?"
“I stood up quickly and turned around. I was up against the massage table and he was up against me, eyeball to eyeball. Almost touching, he was really close," she revealed. “And I went, ‘None of your f**king business.’ And he just looked at me in sort of a dead stare and said, ‘You can’t talk to me like that.’ I said, ‘Well, you can’t speak to me like that.’ There was then a momentary silence where I was sort of staring at him and I tried to step sideways and get away from being up against the table. It was just so tense, it was really weird."
“But I have had stupid comments over the years and I just said, ‘Look are you going to behave? Get your robe off and lie down and let me do my work. Or am I leaving?’ And he said, ‘No, I think we’re going to get on just fine.’ And he slipped off his robe and got on the table," she added. “I always looked away as he got on the table and made sure there was a towel covering his modesty, but he was always naked under the towel. We started the massage. But all the way through he was talking about anal sex and making anal sex jokes. He asked when I had last had sex. It went on and on. I kept telling him to shut up but quickly realized he was OK with being talked at like he was a naughty schoolboy kind of thing. So, I just carried on in that vein telling him to shut up. And that was the pattern. I saw him six times. He’d say he would get someone to pay me because he doesn’t deal with cash.”
Andrew requested Gruenbaum to come every Sunday to give him a massage. “Every time I saw him he would try to overstep the line. He’d try to hug me without fail. I would have to put my hand on his chest and push him off and say, ‘Look I don’t do hugs,'" she said. “He asked me to watch a movie a couple of times. Once he said he wanted to make me a cup of tea and led me off somewhere as I was leaving. We ended up in the kitchen and he said he didn’t even know where the kettle was. I just wanted to leave. I said firmly, ‘Look where is the way out?’ And I left.”
After two months, Andrew's team stopped reaching out to Gruenbaum. “I think it is because he wanted more and he was clearly not going to get anywhere," she said. “His advances weren’t working, and I think that his patience ran out. He always tried to turn the conversation to sex or jokes about sex. I’d tell him it wasn’t appropriate or it just wasn’t funny. He was a pest. But it was always in a ‘matron and schoolboy’ way. He seemed to want me to tell him to shut up. He was just a creep. I always used to tell my girlfriends what a total creep he was."
“It didn’t bother me. I had a lot of great clients. But I didn’t see Sarah again after I started seeing the Duke which was odd. I didn’t complain to anyone at the time because I thought everyone would just know what he was like," she continued. “I was a 34-year-old woman and I can handle myself and I felt I could handle him. But now I see the way he has treated younger women. It is scary to think how I might have felt if I was 10 years younger and less experienced.”