Will the truth finally come out? Investigative journalist Ian Halperin is offering Prince Andrew £5 million pounds (roughly $7 million U.S. dollars) to take a lie detector test about his relationship with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
“I am giving Andrew a chance to finally clear his name," he said. "If he passes, my investment group will hand him over £5 million pounds.”
The book author wants to understand what really happened between Andrew, 61, and Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she had sex with Andrew in 2001.
“I knew I had to keep him happy, because it’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine [Maxwell, Epstein’s accomplice] would expect from me," she said on Newsnight.
Halperin — who insists he has the cash — said he is “part of a global investment group to stop child sex trafficking."
In Halperin's latest book, Controversy: Sex, Lies, Dirty Money, he claims that Andrew was "a sex addict" and a "darling lover."
“One of Andrew’s ex-lovers said he had a sex addiction because he was always second to Prince Charles … He compared his relationship with his brother … to William and Harry," he wrote. “William is looked at as royal material, just like Charles, whereas he and Harry were the bad boys … This led to his playboy lifestyle. He wasn’t getting attention; it made him feel special to get these beautiful women in his bed.”
Halperin also alleged that the royal family threw Meghan Markle and Prince Harry into the spotlight so that the media wouldn't focus on Andrew's mishaps.
For now, Halperin has not found any evidence that Andrew had sex with underage women, but “there is no doubt that Epstein provided girls to Andrew, and that was the reason they were friends," Halperin claims.
For his part, Andrew denied any allegations made by Giuffre. In 2019, following his interview with Emily Maitlis, which aired on Newsnight, he stepped down from royal duties.
"I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein," Andrew said at the time. "His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."
In January 2020, New York state attorney, Geoffrey Berman, accused Andrew of not responding to the FBI's interview requests. “To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation,” he said.
"I have no wish to criticize a son's feelings on the loss of his father," he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. "But there was something suspiciously pre-meditated and calculated about these supposedly impromptu comments. And frankly, for Andrew to try to garner the nation's sympathy, using the pandemic as a tool to do so, stank of someone trying to deflect public attention from his own shameful situation."
"And forgive me for my own bemusement, but if he's so happy to talk to the FBI, and has absolutely nothing to hide, than why HASN'T he talked to them?" Morgan asked. "It would be as simple as picking up the phone and saying: 'I'm ready for my interview.'"
He added, "Andrew's ongoing failure to do this, and his silence over all things Epstein since the Newsnight fiasco, is deafening and damning. Especially as he emerged from hiding this week to speak to the media about the death of his father."