Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in London 2011 – Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Lady Victoria Hervey is a well-known figure in British society for her past as an ‘it girl’ and for the brief courtship she had with Prince Andrew in 1999, after he separated from his former wife, Sarah Ferguson.
It is obvious that their breakup took place cordially, because she did not hesitate to publicly defend him before the accusations made against him by a woman named Virginia Giuffre, who maintains that the late businessman Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sexual relations with Andrew in 2001, when she was 17 years old, within the framework of the minor prostitution network that he had organized with his partner and accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell.
One of the key pieces of evidence presented to prove the alleged guilt of the son of Queen Elizabeth II is a photograph of him posing for the camera with Virginia as he puts his arm around her waist.
However, Lady Victoria has now assured that it is a montage and that the man who appears in the image is actually “an Irish body double” on which Andrew’s head was placed, as explained by a former Epstein victim.
To support her claims, she shared a photo on Instagram, which does appear to have been photoshopped, in which Virginia can be seen in the same pose, but on a gray background, to ensure that Prince Andrew was later added to the composition.
Lady Victoria also published one more image of Virginia, which had already seen the light of day before, taken on the yacht where Naomi Campbell’s birthday was celebrated in 2001, in which the then young woman appears in the same pink tank top and pants that she was wearing while posing with Andrew. In the opinion of the ex-girlfriend of the prince, it is suspicious that she appears in the same outfit in both images.
The Duke of York, who faces a civil suit for sexual abuse in the United States, maintains that he does not remember meeting Virginia and that it is impossible to determine whether their photograph together is authentic because it is not, according to him, the original copy.