How Prince Andrew’s allies have insisted THAT photo is a fake

How Prince Andrew’s allies have insisted THAT photo is a fake: Duke’s friends have argued notorious Virginia Giuffre picture is doctored with string of claims from Duke’s ‘chubby’ fingers to body doubles

A lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein‘s victims today angrily hit back against claims by the paedophile’s jailed accomplice that the notorious photo showing Prince Andrew with his accuser Virginia Giuffre has been doctored. 

In an interview from prison, Ghislaine Maxwell said she had ‘no memory’ of the meeting and did not believe ‘for a second’ that the image was real, adding: ‘There has never been an original, there is no photograph’. 

But Lisa Bloom, a lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, called her comments ‘disgusting’ and told Good Morning Britain it ‘really doesn’t matter’ what the former British socialite thought because she has never seen the original. 

The March 2001 image shows Andrew with her hand around Ms Giuffre’s waist next to a laughing Maxwell. On the night it was taken, Ms Giuffre says she went on to have sex with the royal after being trafficked to Britain by Epstein. 

The March 2001 image shows Prince Andrew with her hand around Virginia Giuffre's waist next to a laughing Ghislaine Maxwell

The March 2001 image shows Prince Andrew with her hand around Virginia Giuffre’s waist next to a laughing Ghislaine Maxwell

She maintains it was snapped in Maxwell’s central London mews house after a night out in Mayfair. However, the prince, who has always denied having sex with her, insisted that he had ‘no recollection’ of meeting her or posing for the photo.

The picture was first published by The Mail on Sunday in 2011 after the newspaper found Ms Giuffre living in a small bungalow in New South Wales, Australia. She is said to have given the original to FBI investigators in 2011.

But Andrew and his allies have aired a series of theories to suggest the photo is a fake. These include:    

Andrew’s fingers ‘aren’t chubby enough and he’s too small’ 

The Duke of York’s friends have previously raised doubts over the veracity of the photo by claiming the hand around Ms Giuffre’s waist ‘doesn’t look right’ and suggesting he looks too small. 

A source told the London Evening Standard: ‘Look at his fingers in the photo. The duke has quite chubby fingers – they don’t look right and nor does the height of the duke and the girl.’ 

However, while Andrew is said to be around 6ft tall, Virginia is understood to be around 5ft 8in – which is reflected in the picture. 

Other pictures of his hands do not highlight any obvious discrepancies. Experts have pointed out the practice of manipulating images was in its infancy when the picture was taken. 

Maxwell has insisted the photo of Andrew with his accuser Ms Giuffre is fake

Maxwell has insisted the photo of Andrew with his accuser Ms Giuffre is fake 

It’s cobbled together from several images

Last year, Lady Victoria Hervey introduced her own dubious theory to the mix by suggesting the photo had actually been cobbled together from a number of different images.   

The 46-year-old former ‘It Girl’ said it has been pieced together using a photo taken at Naomi Campbell’s birthday party on board a yacht in St Tropez in May 2001, in which Ms Giuffre can be seen wearing the same white tank top with colourful patterned jeans.

The logical explanation is, of course, that she was wearing the same outfit on both occasions.

What’s more, Lady Victoria does not have a copy of the exact photo from St Tropez which she claims was used to fake the Andrew image, and it has never been seen publicly. 

However, she did share a bizarre painted reproduction of the alleged image to Instagram.

Lady Victoria Hervey said that an image taken at Naomi Campbell's birthday in 2001 in St Tropez was used to 'fake' the Prince Andrew photo, pointing out that Virginia is wearing the same outfit in both (pictured)

Lady Victoria Hervey said that an image taken at Naomi Campbell’s birthday in 2001 in St Tropez was used to ‘fake’ the Prince Andrew photo, pointing out that Virginia is wearing the same outfit in both (pictured)

The former 'It Girl', who is the daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol, has claimed the image is doctored

The former ‘It Girl’, who is the daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol, has claimed the image is doctored 

Andrew is actually a body double  

Lady Victoria added to her baffling claims by saying that an ‘Irish guy’ who was dating one of Epstein’s victims in 2001 and also attended the boat party was used as a ‘body double’ for Andrew in the ‘fake’ image.

In an exclusive interview, Lady Victoria told FEMAIL she has spoken to several victims of Epstein, who said they believe the image was edited by Ms Giuffre and Maria Farmer, another victim who worked as an ‘artist-in-residence’ for Epstein.

She said other victims had ‘seen’ Ms Giuffre and Ms Farmer photoshopping the image, before being ‘bullied and silenced’ by Ms Giuffre.

Lady Victoria said the pair had been in ‘cahoots’ for 20 years because they ‘wanted to bring down the monarchy using Prince Andrew’, adding that this was Epstein’s intention too.

‘I know this sounds pretty wild – Epstein told one survivor that he basically wanted to bring down the monarchy,’ she said. 

Lady Victoria claimed a photograph of this unnamed man, who she said is Irish and was dating one of Epstein's victims at the time, was used as a body double for Prince Andrew

Lady Victoria claimed a photograph of this unnamed man, who she said is Irish and was dating one of Epstein’s victims at the time, was used as a body double for Prince Andrew

ANDREW’S CLAIMS TO EMILY MAITLIS

During his notorious 2019 interview with Emily Maitlis on Newsnight, the Duke of York said he had ‘no recollection’ of meeting Ms Giuffre or posing for the photo. 

He also echoed previously unnamed sources who have queried the photo’s veracity, even hinting that the hand around her waist may not be his.

The prince told interviewer Emily Maitlis: ‘I have absolutely no memory of that photograph ever being taken. 

‘From the investigations that we’ve done, you can’t prove whether or not that photograph is faked or not because it is a photograph of a photograph of a photograph.

‘So it’s very difficult to be able to prove it but I don’t remember that photograph ever being taken.’

Andrew also said – 

He’s never seen Epstein with a camera

The Duke of York poured doubt on the idea Epstein could have taken the photo because: ‘I’ve never seen Epstein with a camera in my life.’

Ms Maitlis suggested his former friend had borrowed Ms Roberts’s camera, leaving the prince to respond: ‘Listen, I don’t remember. I don’t remember that photograph ever being taken.’ 

Prince Andrew during his notorious BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis

Prince Andrew during his notorious BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis 

He hasn’t been on the first floor of Maxwell’s house 

The photo supposedly shows the first floor of the property, with the window appearing to match one at the front of the house. 

But the prince denied he had been on the first floor. Ms Maitlis asked: ‘There’s a photo inside Ghislaine Maxwell’s house, Ghislaine herself in the background.

‘Why would people not believe that you were there with her that night?’ He replied: ‘They might well wish to believe it but the photograph is taken upstairs and I don’t think I ever went upstairs… because the dining room and everything was on the ground floor…

‘I’m at a loss to explain this particular photograph. I don’t remember going upstairs because that photograph was taken upstairs and I am not entirely convinced that… we can’t be certain as to whether or not that’s my hand on her whatever it is, side.’

He would have been wearing a tie on a night out   

The prince even questioned his own casual clothing in the photo. He said: ‘I don’t believe it’s a picture of me in London because when I would go out in London, I wear a suit and a tie.’ 

Instead he is dressed in dark trousers and a light blue shirt, with cufflinks adorning his sleeves.

Other photos show this was his favoured look at the time and he was pictured in almost exactly the same clothing as he left London’s Chinawhite club a few months earlier. 

Andrew attends the Royal Family's Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church

Andrew attends the Royal Family’s Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church 

He’s not a hugger   

In the Newsnight interview, Andrew also argued he would not have placed his arm around the teenager, saying: ‘I am not one to, as it were, hug, and public displays of affection are not something I do.’ 

But that claim also seems to be contradicted by a number of photos over the years.

Ms Maitlis asked: ‘You think that photo has been faked?’ Andrew responded: ‘Nobody can prove whether or not that photograph has been doctored but I don’t recollect that photograph being taken. 

‘So that’s the best explanation I can give you and I’m afraid to say that I don’t believe that photograph was taken in the way that has been suggested.

‘If the original was ever produced, then perhaps we might be able to solve it but I can’t.’ 

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