A new book by journalist Tina Brown alleges that late pedophile Jeffry Epstein considered Prince Andrew his “useful idiot.”
Jeffrey Epstein boasted that Prince Andrew “was an idiot, but—to him—a useful one,” according to a new book by Tina Brown, the founding editor of The Daily Beast.
In excerpts of her new book, The Palace Papers, published recently by the Daily Telegraph, Brown writes, “A senior royal, even if tainted, is always a potent magnet abroad,” Brown continues. “Epstein confided to a friend that he used to fly the Duke of York to obscure foreign markets, where governments were obliged to receive him, and Epstein went along as HRH’s investment adviser. With Andrew as frontman, Epstein could negotiate deals with these (often) shady players.”
Brown also writes about the relationship between Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. She says Ghislaine’s devotion to Epstein has its roots in her own dysfunctional relationship with her father, the media tycoon Robert Maxwell. Brown says that a 10-year-old Ghislaine invited a visitor to see her bedroom.
Brown writes that the visitor “noticed an odd-shaped hairbrush, a strap, a slipper, and other implements laid out on the child’s dressing-room table. Ghislaine said, rather proudly, ‘This is what Daddy uses to beat me with. But he always allows me to choose which one I want.’ In the sadistic offering of power to the powerless, asking her, in essence, to procure herself for her father, one can better understand how Ghislaine fell under the spell of a man like Epstein.”
In her new book, Brown additionally writes: “Epstein made Andrew feel he had joined the big time — the deals, the girls, the plane, the glittering New York world, where he wasn’t seen as a full-grown man still dependent on his mother’s Privy Purse strings or on the harsh pecking order of the Palace. The Duke was always as oversexed as a boob-ogling adolescent.”
The journalist further describes the royal in unflattering terms, writing: “Andrew, unfortunately, exhibited classic symptoms of what is scientifically recognized as the Dunning-Kruger effect, the cognitive bias in which people come to believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are.”
Epstein died behind bars in 2019 while awaiting trial on child sex-trafficking charges.
Andrew — who was famously photographed by The NY Post strolling with the pedophile in 2011 following Epstein’s first release from prison — has denied knowing anything about Epstein’s illegal behavior.
Back in January, Queen Elizabeth stripped the prince of his military and royal titles after a Manhattan judge allowed a sexual assault lawsuit against the disgraced royal to move forward.
The suit was filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, who has long claimed that Epstein made her have “disgusting” sex with the royal three times, starting in 2001 when she was just 17.
Andrew’s lawyers say he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.” He has never been charged criminally.
As for Maxwell, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse minors. She is currently serving that sentence in a “low security” prison in Tallahassee, Florida. She will be eligible for release on July 17, 2037.