Prince Andrew helped Ghislaine Maxwell weasel her way into New York high society by giving her the “stamp of approval,” according to former friends.
The rest of the British socialite’s family had “hid away in shame” after the 1991 death of her father, newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, who was accused of stealing millions from his employees’ pensions, family friend Helen Kirwan-Taylor wrote in The Telegraph.
But as the “Maxwell empire crumbled,” Ghislaine “teleported herself to New York City” — and was “right in the middle of the action” with the “most connected people in Manhattan.”
“Not only was she mixing with the very rich, but she seemed to be right in the middle of the action,” recalled Kirwan-Taylor, who was listed in Epstein’s infamous black book along with her husband and father-in-law.
“The question is, how did someone whose father had robbed pensioners and who died in mysterious circumstances, manage to break into the wealthiest circles of Manhattan?”
It all came down to her well-known close ties to royalty and the Duke of York, one of Maxwell’s Manhattan society friends told the paper.
“Ghislaine came over with the stamp of approval from Prince Andrew. The thinking was if she hangs out with him, she must be OK,” the insider said.
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