Prince Andrew stays away from Beatrice’s engagement party with A-list stars


Of course, invitations were also dished out to other members of the royal clan with the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton making an appearance with husband James Matthews.

Notably absent from Princess Beatriz's special night was her father Prince andrew, who The Daily Mail reports did not attend out of concern for the optics surrounding the Jeffrey Epstein scandal and accusations of sexual assault against him.

Beatrice, 31, and Mozzi, 36, announced their engagement and plans to marry in 2020 in September of this year. Each 12 months the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is commemorated with a navy parade and march-past of absolutely educated, operational troops from the Household Division.

The disgraced Duke of York, 59, recently stepped down from his public royal duties after a woman came forward alleging she was forced to have sex with the prince almost two decades ago.

Just four days later on November 20th, Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke would step back from public duties "for the foreseeable future".

Prince Andrew admitted that he realized that the "circumstances relating to his former association with Jeffrey Epstein" has become a "major disruption" to him and the royal family, Moreover, in the statement, he sounded like a whole different person compared to his character and tone during the one-on-one tell-all discussion with BBC. "His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure". Because of the scandal, Andrew and the triumph expected to make the most modest. However, when it came time to fête her engagement, some more surprising royal family-adjacent well-wishers stepped out.

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Lisa Bloom is representing the witness and five other victims of Epstein, a friend of Prince Andrew who killed himself in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on new child sex charges.

The FBI is investigating claims that the billionaire trafficked young women to have sex with his famous friends - including the Duke of York, an allegation Andrew denies.

"It didn't happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened".

"That just made me sick, " Giuffre said.

The billionaire was accused of running a paedophile ring with the help of his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who has not been seen since June.

"And the answer is nothing", Andrew instructed the BBC.