The photo of Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre is fake, says Ghislaine Maxwell

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Disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has said the famous photo showing the Duke of York next to Virginia Giuffre is fake.

Maxwell, 61, who was convicted of sex trafficking, has previously cast doubt on the authenticity of the photo, reportedly taken at her home in Mayfair, which shows Andrew with his arm around Ms Giuffre, with Maxwell in the background .

Speaking from jail in the US, Maxwell said she’s “certain” the photo isn’t real.

In an interview with TalkTV, which airs Monday night, Maxwell said: “It’s fake. I don’t believe for a second that it’s real, in fact, I’m sure it’s not.”

She added: “Well, there’s never been an original and there’s no other photograph, and I’ve only seen a photocopy of it.”

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Andrew has also questioned the accuracy of the image of him with Mrs. Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts.

The duke then paid millions to settle a civil assault case against Ms Giuffre – a woman he claimed never to have met.

According to reports in The Sun on Sunday and Mail on Sunday, Andrew is now considering what legal options are available to him regarding a bid to reverse the settlement.

Ms Giuffre sued him for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell’s former partner.

Andrew denied the claims.

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The duke has previously said he has “no recollection” of meeting Mrs Giuffre and questioned the photo, claiming he is “not one to cuddle” or “show affection” in public.

In a 2019 interview with UKTN Newsnight, Andrew said that while he recognizes himself in the photo with Ms Giuffre, he claimed it is not possible to prove whether the image was faked.

He also claimed that the photo could not have been taken in London as he was wearing his “travel clothes”.

Ms Giuffre insisted to UKTN Panorama that the photo was “authentic” and said she gave the original to the FBI in 2011.

Maxwell questioned the photo’s authenticity in a statement.

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She said the environment in the photo looked “familiar” but also said, “We can’t really pinpoint the photo and stuff,” adding: “I don’t know if that’s true, if that’s a real photo or not. “

Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year after a jury found her guilty of luring young girls into massage rooms where Epstein molested between 1994 and 2004.

Epstein was found dead in August 2019 in his cell at a Manhattan federal prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

The death was ruled a suicide.

Jeremy Kyle Live: Ghislaine Behind Bars airs Monday nights at 7 p.m. on TalkTV.

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