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The story behind the Ghislaine Maxwell throne photo in Buckingham Palace

After a year under investigation by the FBI, Maxwell was arrested on Thursday and charged with helping to recruit and groom underage girls for her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier, a friend of Andrew.

Andrew had arranged the tour of the palace for Bill Clinton, the former US president who had stepped down after two terms in 2000. According to a source, Spacey — whose career was left in tatters after he was accused of making unwanted sexual advances to a 14-year-old actor — was a guest of Clinton’s. Maxwell came along as a friend of Andrew’s. The Spacey charges were later dropped.

Like Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton was also a friend of Jeffrey Epstein's.

Like Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton was also a friend of Jeffrey Epstein’s.Credit:Getty Images

“They were larking about on the thrones, doing regal waves,” said the source. “Ghislaine sat on the Queen’s throne with Spacey pretending to be the Duke of Edinburgh. No one can recall if Prince Andrew was actually in the throne room at the time but he was in charge of the visit.”

It is thought the photo was taken after Clinton arrived in London in September 2002 en route to the Labour Party conference in Blackpool where he was the guest of honour. Spacey went with him to Blackpool.

Before arriving in the UK, Clinton and Spacey spent seven days on a tour of Africa with Epstein on his private jet. It is not thought that Epstein was on the palace tour although he previously visited Sandringham and Windsor Castle along with Maxwell as a guest of Andrew’s. Maxwell was also on the flight to Africa, part of a humanitarian trip for the Clinton Foundation.


The former US president was listed many times on the flight manifestos of Epstein’s plane – known as the Lolita Express. Flight logs obtained by Fox News last year showed Clinton took at least 26 trips on the Boeing 727 from 2001 to 2003. But Clinton’s spokesman, Angel Urena, told The New York Times Clinton took just four trips on the plane, including “stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation”, and that staff and secret service detail travelled with him on “every leg of every trip”.

The London, Telegraph

Source: Daily Mail

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