There has been plenty of speculation about how the late disgraced convicted pedophile and financier Jeffrey Epstein — who reportedly committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges — managed to ingratiate himself among the global elite and surround himself with so many high-level friends and acquaintances, such as Prince Andrew of the British Royal Family.
According to a British socialite interviewed for a documentary series in the United Kingdom, Epstein purposefully sought out and befriended important individuals from elite circles for the purpose of using them as a “trophy,” with Prince Andrew being his biggest one, the New York Post reported.
Epstein’s biggest “trophy”
That revelation came from a woman known as Lady Victoria Hervey and was included in a British documentary for Channel 4’s Dispatches series titled “The Prince and The Paedophile,” which covers the 12-year relationship of the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, with the disgraced convicted pedophile Epstein, according to the Daily Mail.
Hervey told the documentary-makers, “Jeffrey collected people. He was almost addicted to collecting important people.”
The purpose of collecting the “important people” was to help bolster his own status among the global elite and to impress others within the top tier of elitists.
“He liked to impress people. So, the British Royal Family, can you imagine?” Hervey said of Epstein and Prince Andrew. “This was his biggest kind of trophy.”
Mixing it up with society’s elites
The Post noted that Hervey had briefly dated Andrew in 1999, right around the same time that Andrew and Epstein had begun to develop a friendship.
She revealed that she met Epstein herself through her then-friend and fellow British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been alleged to have been Epstein’s sort-of girlfriend and “madam” who helped recruit and manage his stable of underage girls kept as sex slaves.
As for the friendship between Prince Andrew and Epstein, and unnamed friend of Epstein told the documentary-makers that he had warned Epstein against meeting publicly with Andrew in 2010 — after Epstein had been released from prison following his conviction — but that Epstein dismissed his warnings.
“‘They will attack Prince Andrew for being your friend, and each of you will lose. This is a lose-lose,'” the unnamed friend claimed to have said. “And I remember him saying, ‘No one will know.'”
A close friendship exposed
But everyone knew after Andrew and Epstein were caught on camera together in Central Park and especially later after Andrew was caught on video at Epstein’s mansion in New York City. The Duke of York’s unbelievable excuse was that he had just visited to end their friendship following Epstein’s conviction — a simple phone call apparently wouldn’t suffice — but he now admits that it was “a mistake and an error” for him to be there.
Of course, Prince Andrew has steadfastly denied having any knowledge of or involvement in Epstein’s alleged sexual deviations with underage girls, but he is nonetheless being closely looked at by investigators and has been directly named by at least one of Epstein’s alleged victims as having been fully aware of exactly what was going on.