Queen Elizabeth took a defiant stance Sunday in the face of shocking sex abuse scandal allegations directed at her younger son, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. The 88-year-old Queen and her 93-year-old husband Prince Philip appeared in public Sunday morning, attending church on their country estate in Norfolk, England.
Even as the Queen defied public outcry over the sickening accusations that Prince Andrew participated in an international “sex slave” ring that peddled sex orgies with underage girls to the wealthy and powerful for a steep price, her press agents at Buckingham Palace fought back against the allegations, issuing a second, stronger denial against claims that the 54-year-old Duke took part in the alleged sex trafficking operation.
According to new allegations filed last week in a lawsuit that dates from 2008, Prince Andrew engaged in sexual relations with an underage girl known in the lawsuit as “Jane Doe #3” on several occasions in both the United Kingdom and United States, as well on a private Carribbean island owned by wealthy business tycoon Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein has already pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution.
Buckingham Palace, however, lashed back at the allegations, revealing the name of the alleged accuser in its public statement, the British Royal Family’s second flat denial that Prince Andrew took part in the sex abuse ring.
“It is emphatically denied that HRH The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts,” a palace spokesperson said. “The allegations made are false and without any foundation.”
On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth — who has endured numerous family scandals during her 63-year reign as British monarch — showed that she refused to hide from the latest accusations against a member of her family, charges that appear to be the most serious yet leveled against a British royal during Elizabeth’s time on the throne.
According to a report in Britain’s Mirror newspaper, Prince Philip even cracked smiles and joked with well-wishers who watched the royal couple make their way across an icy path from the royal Sandringham mansion, where they have been spending the holiday season, to nearby St. Mary Magdalene Church.
The report, however, described the Queen’s own demeanor as “stoic.”
Prince Andrew himself was reported to be hiding out in a luxurious Swiss ski chalet and had not yet decided if he would cut his holiday short to fly back to England where he would face his mother, Queen Elizabeth.