In his car crash interview with BBC Newsnight, Prince Andrew dismissed claims he sweated heavily while dancing with Virginia Giufree at a London nightclub after claiming he had a condition that made him unable to sweat
In his car crash interview on BBC News night over two years ago, Prince Andrew made the famous claim that he had an inability to sweat.
He used the condition to deny claims from Virginia Giuffre, who alleges they had sex in 2001 when she was 17 years old. Andrew vehemently denies the allegations.
In the interview, where Andrew was quizzed about his association with his billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the Duke of York said he didn’t remember meeting Giuffre.
However, she claims that on the night of one of their alleged encounters, Andrew sweated heavily as they danced at Tramp nightclub in London.
The Prince told Newsnight: “There’s a slight problem with the sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don’t sweat or I didn’t sweat at the time and that was…was it…yes, I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenalin in the Falkland’s War when I was shot at and I simply…it was almost impossible for me to sweat.”
However, there have been accounts and pictures of the Duke, where he appears to seem sweaty – despite his claims in the interview…
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In July 2000, a then 40-year-old Andrew was spotted leaving London’s Chinawhite nightclub – a favorite nightspot of celebrities in the Soho area.
Pictures from the night show the Duke of York in a blue, unbuttoned shirt, appearing to look slightly sweaty.
In an interview with the BBC’s Panorama in 2019, Virginia Giuffre alleged Andrew was sweaty during an encounter she says took place at Tramp nightclub in London in 2001.
In the interview, she alleged how she was brought to London by Epstein in 2001, introduced to Andrew and taken to Tramp nightclub, and asked by the duke to dance.
She told Panorama reporter Darragh Macintyre: “He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life.
“It was horrible and this guy was sweating all over me, his sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere, I was just like grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine would have expected from me.”
Pictures from 2007 show Andrew at a party in Saint Tropez with a shiny face as if he had been sweating, although the cause is not clear, as he received a hug from American socialite Chris Von Aspen as she attempts to lick him.
In other pictures taken from the same night, Andrew rests his arms around Von Aspen’s waist and then neck as she dances in her white mini dress.
Billionaire party, 2007
Meanwhile, another set of snaps shows the Prince appearing to look ‘sweaty and wild-eyed’ dancing with Canadian socialite Pascale Borubeau at a bash thrown by billionaire Tony Murray in Saint Tropez in the same year, according to the Sun
A former Saint-Tropez party-goer told the MailOnline: ‘These were really crazy years for Andrew.
“He was clearly having a full-blown midlife crisis. He would have been 47 or 48 at the time, divorced from Sarah Ferguson, and basking in the attention he got from young women.”
Golf at Buckingham Palace
In 2019, former royal protection officer from 1998 to 2004 Paul Page told the Mirror he saw the Prince perspiring while playing golf in the garden at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Page, who was convicted in 2009 over a £3million investment fraud, insisted he did not have a grudge against the duke but added the prince was “abusive and rude towards us as police officers”.
The Palace said previously during Mr Page’s trial he made “a series of allegations about… members of the Royal Family, none of which were ever substantiated”.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.