Andrew ‘partied with Jeffrey Epstein at red light district’
The Duke of York, who was 40 years old at the time with two young children, was infamously pictured partying with topless women on a yacht in Phuket, Thailand.
Ghislaine Maxwell is also reported to have accompanied them on the trip, being reported at the time to be staying at the same hotel as the Duke.
Andrew and Epstein were reportedly spotted in bars around Patong resort town on the island, including one staffed by semi-naked go-go dancers.
The sleazy holiday offers a window into the relationship between Andrew and the paedophile couple.
He is said to have become increasingly close to them around this time, which was just months before he allegedly sexually abused Virginia Roberts.
The Duke denies any improper behaviour over his relationship with Epstein and Maxwell – and denies ever meeting Virginia.
In December 2000, Andrew allowed his close friend Maxwell to hold her 39th birthday at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where Epstein was a guest.
The American financier and on-off boyfriend of Maxwell was allowed to land his private jet at the nearby RAF Marham base, while Andrew spent £20,000 hosting a pheasant shooting weekend to impress his friends.
And then just after Christmas, on December 27, Andrew reportedly flew to Thailand with Ghislaine, where they met up with Epstein again.