Prince Andrew’s friends are crying foul over his sex accuser’s bombshell TV interview — accusing the BBC of “bias” because she was allowed to “cry a lot” on screen, it was claimed Wednesday.
“There was a lot of bias,” a source told the Telegraph of Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s tearful “Panorama” special Monday where she insisted she was sex trafficked to the royal by his pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein. “They didn’t cross-examine her on difficult issues. The BBC didn’t push her.”
The source — who the Telegraph called both “well-placed” and a friend of both Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson — insisted the 59-year-old prince was not “given a fair trial” compared to his own grilling by the BBC.
“She was allowed to say what she wanted and cry a lot,” the source complained of Giuffre, who told the show that her first time having sex with Andrew was quick and “disgusting.”
“I don’t think she was cross-examined in the same way he was,” the source told the paper, insisting the friends “feel terribly for the victims” who have come forward.
“It’s terrible what she’s been through,” the source insisted of Giuffre, while saying the BBC “glossed over” allegations that Giuffre was paid $160,000 by a newspaper for the now-infamous photo of her with Andrew.
“If the Duke had received $160,000 related to all this you would have had 20 questions,” the source complained. “They didn’t cross-examine her on any of the discrepancies in her account.”
The BBC insisted that it was “important that people hear both sides of the story” and said it pressed the accusers on “irregularities” in their accounts while also showing the prince’s rebuttals.
“We stand by our journalism,” the BBC told the paper.
It also aired Buckingham Palace’s statement “emphatically” denying that Andrew “had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.”
“Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation,” the palace said in the denial.
A senior source at Buckingham Palace told the Telegraph that there “wasn’t a strong sense of injustice” over the program.
However, it “wouldn’t be up there with a Christmas broadcast as one of the highlights of the festive viewing season,” the source quipped.