Socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has repeatedly warned Prince Andrew not to speak to the media about their pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein, says a friend.
Laura Goldman says that Maxwell, 58, urged the king not to discuss it.
But Goldman says Andrew ignored Maxwell and said after his disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis: “Don’t worry, it will work.”
Goldman – suggesting to Maxwell that his arrest was inevitable – said: “He thought it was terrible and that’s what he told me was the beginning of the end.
“We knew that things were going wrong. I think part of his protections have gone away.
“He told him not to speak to the press. He told him he won’t do anything good, nobody wants to hear what we have to say.
“But he ignored it. He thought he could use his lack of charm to enchant people. “
Goldman spoke after the British socialite was arrested by the FBI at his £ 860,000 home in Bradford, New Hampshire. Maxwell is accused of procuring underage girls for Epstein to have sex and engage in sexual activity with them.
She denies that she made a mistake, but risks up to 35 years if she is found guilty.
Maxwell had been friends with Prince Andrew, 60, since the mid-90s. Epstein’s “teenage sex slave” Virginia Giuffre was also said to have been around night, claiming to have had sex with the Duke of York in London in March 2001 in London.
The prince strenuously denied it and said he did not “remember” ever having met Virginia.
Asked what Maxwell said to Andrew after the disastrous television interview, the former stockbroker Goldman said: “She told him she was very, very sorry that she put him in that position and asked what she could do to make it through. .
“He said to her, ‘Don’t worry, it will work.'”
Goldman, in his early 1960s, added: “Ghislaine and Andrew had a long relationship. He knows many Andrew’s secrets.
“She felt that he had really saved her and stood by her after her father’s death and helped her launch her into New York society.
“She was eternally grateful and would never have betrayed him. I don’t think she could stop her and I think there is a lot more money between Andrew and Epstein than people know.”
Goldman, who lives in Philadelphia, said Maxwell is floating between the UK, France and the United States.
He recently lived in New Hampshire on a property called Tucked Away with a new boyfriend. The magnate Epstein, 66, killed himself in a New York cell last year while he was accused of sexual accusations.
Goldman said, “When Jeffrey was arrested, I told her to take the cock away, but she didn’t want to.”
When asked about Maxwell’s boyfriend, he said, “All I can say is that she must be good in bed because she can find a boy” on the run “!
“They have had an affair for eight months. He is very respectable and a decent person.”
Epstein and Maxwell met for the first time in New York, where she had settled home after the death of her father Robert, the disgraced media tycoon who fell from her yacht in 1991.
Of Epstein, Goldman said, “All Ghislaine ever said to me was, ‘I can’t make him happy alone.’ He knew he was cheating on her. She would humiliate herself for him.
“He thought that if it made him happy and did only one other thing that would marry her. I kept saying, “What are you going to do for an encore?” He would have shrugged.
“She loved Jeffrey. But she was scared to death by him.
“We would be out and she would say, ‘I have to go because Jeffrey will shout at me, get mad at me.’ It scared her. He spoke to her as if it were dirty.
“After her death she was relieved – she mistakenly thought it was all over. He said, “I’m finally free from him.”
“The last time I spoke to Ghislaine a little less than a month ago. She was fine, but there have been times when I talked to her when she wasn’t good. She will be fine in prison if found guilty.
“It is very hard and enchants and entertains people. It is a chameleon. Just as Epstein found, he will find the biggest predator there and they will take it under their wing.”
Ms. Goldman approached the court itself in 2011. She admitted to molesting her former lover Thomas H Lee, the private equity billionaire.
He made it clear that while he supports Maxwell, he also supports his accuser Virginia Guiffre.
“I think Virginia has done an excellent job of getting justice and has every right to do it,” he said.
“I’m not anti-Virginia, I believe victims and I think Ghislaine was also a victim of Epstein.”
Andrew and his team vehemently deny doing harm.
His lawyers said the prince offered to testify three times, but US prosecutors insist that he provided “zero cooperation” to the Justice Department.
Of the statements by Ms Goldman, a source close to the Prince’s legal team said: “None of this brings Epstein’s victims closer to justice, nor explains why the DoJ continues to focus its efforts on the duke, who met Epstein less then 10 times, 20 years ago. “