Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot recalls seeing Prince Andrew on the paedophile’s private jet

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The Duke of York's name has come up in the criminal trial of Jeffrey Epstein's former madame, Ghislaine Maxwell. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The Duke of York's name has come up in the criminal trial of Jeffrey Epstein's former madame, Ghislaine Maxwell. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The queen's son, Prince Andrew, has been dragged into the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, which kicked off in New York this week.

The former girlfriend of late American paedophile Jeffrey Epstein is on trial for helping to find, groom and deliver underage girls to the billionaire and his high-profile pals between 1994 and 2004.

Among the first witnesses was Larry Visoki, the former pilot of Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the Lolita Express.

He told the court he flew a string of Epstein’s VIP guests around, including the Duke of York, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.

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Protesters hold up a poster of Epstein's notorious private jet, dubbed the Lolita Express, outside court in New York. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Isabel Maxwell, Ghislaine's sister, arrives at cou
Isabel Maxwell, Ghislaine's sister, arrives at court. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

It was initially thought that Maxwell, who is the daughter of late British media tycoon Robert Maxwell, would try to protect her friends in high places, but it was her own lawyer who threw in the royal’s name.

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“Are you aware of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, he is the son of Queen Elizabeth II of England?" Christian Everdell asked Visoki, to which Visoki replied, “Yes”.

“Did he fly on Epstein’s planes?”

He replied “yes” but could not give details as to when exactly.

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Prince Andrew (second left) with Epstein, Melania Trump (far left) and money manager Gwendolyn Beck at a party in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2000. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The pilot, who worked for Epstein between 1991 and 2019, also said he never saw any sexual activity on board the three jets he flew, but that he stayed in the cockpit most of the time.

He also said he could not remember any of the names of the girls connected to Epstein, but did recall meeting one of the accusers, who has said she was 14 when Epstein and Maxwell recruited her for sex. 

Visoki said he remembered her being “a mature woman with piercing powder-blue eyes”.

Four women are set to testify and will be known in court as Annie, Kate, Jane and Carolyn.

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The shocking claim came as the Duke of York was pictured grinning while riding his horse through Windsor on Tuesday.

A smiling Prince Andrew (centre) spotted out ridin
A smiling Prince Andrew (centre) spotted out riding at Windsor earlier this week. (PHOTO: magazinefeatures.co.za)

He is not part of the criminal case. However he is facing a civil lawsuit, filed against him in August by Virginia Giuffre, Epstein's most outspoken former victim. She has accused Andrew of having sex with her when she was underage. 

Sources: yahoo.com, dailymail.co.uk

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