Meghan Markle 'troubled' by Prince Andrew saying sex is 'positive act'

Meghan Markle ‘wanted to curl under a table’ and was ‘troubled’ by Prince Andrew saying sex is a ‘positive act a man finds difficult to forget’ as he denied sleeping with Virginia Roberts during car crash Newsnight interview

  • Prince Andrew made comments during shocking Newsnight interview last week
  • Asked if he had sex with Virginia Roberts or other woman trafficked by Epstein
  • Duke said ‘if you’re a man it is a positive act to have sex’ so is ‘very difficult to try and forget’

Prince Andrew’s suggestion that sex is a ‘positive act’ for a man, so therefore difficult to forget, is said to have left Meghan Markle ‘troubled’.   

The Duke of York made the comments in response to Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis asking the Prince if he had sex with Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre, or any other woman trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

He replied: ‘No and without putting too fine a point on it, if you’re a man it is a positive act to have sex with somebody.

Prince Andrew’s suggestion that sex is a ‘positive act’ for a man, so therefore difficult to forget, is said to have left Meghan Markle ‘troubled’

‘You have to take some sort of positive action and so therefore if you try to forget it’s very difficult to try and forget a positive action and I do not remember anything.’

Mrs Giuffre alleged in court documents she ‘was forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor’.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is an avid campaigner for the rights of women and girls, is said to be uncomfortable by the Duke’s justification, The Daily Telegraph reports.

A source close to Meghan’s team said: ‘The interview left everyone watching it wanting to curl under a table. It just got worse and worse and worse.’

Since the disastrous Newsnight interview, the Duke of York has reportedly resigned from his role with his flagship business project [email protected] after days of speculation about his future with the successful initiative he founded.

He made the comments in response to Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis asking the Prince if he had sex with Virginia Roberts, or any other woman trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Andrew appears to have bowed to pressure and stepped down, with the move coming a day after one sponsor said his plans to continue leading Pitch were ‘not tenable’.

High profile business sponsors KPMG, Standard Chartered and Inmarsat, a British satellite telecommunications company, have all said they will not be renewing their financial support for Pitch while Barclays, a partner of the project, ended its association with the initiative on Friday.

The Daily Telegraph reported sources as saying Andrew was no longer leading Pitch, which would continue without any royal involvement.

Since the disastrous Newsnight interview, the Duke of York has reportedly resigned from his role with his flagship business project [email protected]

The beleaguered royal also faces the prospect of Mrs Giuffre being interviewed on BBC’s Panorama programme early in December.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) was among a number of organisations which announced on Friday they would no longer be involved with Andrew, following the controversy around his friendship with Epstein.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is an avid campaigner for the rights of women and girls, is said to be uncomfortable by the Duke’s justification

In a statement, an RPO spokesperson said: ‘Following HRH The Duke of York’s announcement that he will be stepping back from public life, management representatives of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) met with Prince Andrew’s office on Thursday afternoon.

‘At a subsequent meeting of the RPO Board, it was decided that the Orchestra should part company with its patron, with immediate effect.

‘The RPO would like to express its gratitude to His Royal Highness for his support of the Orchestra over the past 15 years.’

Another arts body also reportedly severed its ties, with the English National Ballet accepting Andrew’s resignation from his role as patron.

Andrew was expected to travel to the Middle East this weekend as part of his Pitch project but has cancelled plans following reported pressure from his family.

He was pictured on Friday out riding with the Queen in the grounds around Windsor Castle with two other riders.

It has also been reported his private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, has been removed from her palace-funded role and will instead become the chief executive of Pitch. 

Ms Thirsk, believed to have been the driving force behind Andrew’s BBC Newsnight interview, will now run the business mentorship scheme for start-ups and tech entrepreneurs after she was dismissed on Thursday.

Ms Thirsk will also manage the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award after the duke quit his life as a working royal on Wednesday.

It has also been reported Buckingham Palace was disturbed by the mention of Andrew’s relationship with Epstein in the ITV election debate on Tuesday.

The Times said senior aides and the Prince of Wales advised the Queen that Andrew should be withdrawn from public life after concerns the scandal was overshadowing the democratic process.

Mrs Giuffre alleged in court documents she ‘was forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor’. He is pictured leaving his home in Windsor on Thursday

Charles, who is on an official visit to New Zealand, was quizzed about events in the UK but ignored the question from a reporter about whether his brother should speak to US investigators about Epstein.

The duke will continue to work on Pitch and will look at how he takes this forward outside of his public duties, and outside of Buckingham Palace

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman would not comment on reports the duke had stepped down from leading Pitch.

She said: ‘The duke will continue to work on Pitch and will look at how he takes this forward outside of his public duties, and outside of Buckingham Palace.

‘We recognise there will be a period of time while this transition takes place.’ 

The Outward Bound Trust, which Andrew has supported for decades, accepted his resignation as patron and Huddersfield University confirmed the duke would be relinquishing his role as its chancellor. 

After the BBC interview, Andrew faced criticism for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein’s victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with the financier, who took his own life while in prison earlier this year awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

The duke has denied claims he slept with Ms Giuffre, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage.

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