Laughing stock of the world: Prince Andrew is ridiculed by international media over 'nuclear explosion-level bad' Jeffrey Epstein interview that they compare to watching a man drowning in quicksand

  • Papers from New York to Oslo have torn into the Duke of York over his interview 
  • Prince Andrew gave interview on Saturday night to address Epstein friendship 
  • He denied claims he had slept with Virginia Roberts, Epstein's alleged sex slave 

Prince Andrew has been ridiculed by international media over his 'nuclear explosion-level bad' BBC interview on his relationship with the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. 

Across the world readers woke up to the Agence France-Press headline: 'Britain’s Prince Andrew lambasted after ‘catastrophic’ interview on Epstein links.'

The royal's decision to assent to trial by television was torn apart by the New York Times: 'Prince Andrew gets candid, and Britain Is Appalled.'

Meanwhile The Irish Times asked, 'Who will steady the ship at Buckingham Palace?' 

Here is the best of the international reaction… 

New York Post

His Royal Dryness

The New York Post headlined their front-page, 'His Royal Dryness,' savagely mocking the Duke of York's claims that he was not Virginia Roberts' sweaty dance partner, because he did not sweat.

The New York Post headlined their front-page, 'His Royal Dryness,' savagely mocking the Duke of York's claims that he was not Virginia Roberts' sweaty dance partner, because he did not sweat.

The New York Post skewered the Prince over his claim that Virginia Roberts' story about him sweating profusely in Mayfair's Tramp nightclub could not be true because he did not sweat.

The paper wrote: 'The interview, taped Thursday at Buckingham Palace - was a PR move so controversial, that Andrew’s newly-hired spin doctor, Jason Stein, quit after advising him not to go through with it. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles - who only learned of the interview on the day it was taped - were also not amused.'

But the Duke of York was compelled to give the interview, a source told the New York paper, because 'he felt he was backed into a corner. His reputation was damaged and he feared the impact this was having on the royal family.'

 

The New York Times

Prince Andrew Talks About His Ties to Jeffrey Epstein, and Britain Is Appalled 

Prince Andrew Talks About His Ties to Jeffrey Epstein, and Britain Is Appalled: The New Times said that 'viewers were left shaking their heads at the wisdom of consenting to a polite-but-relentless grilling by the journalist Emily Maitlis in the first place'

Prince Andrew Talks About His Ties to Jeffrey Epstein, and Britain Is Appalled: The New Times said that 'viewers were left shaking their heads at the wisdom of consenting to a polite-but-relentless grilling by the journalist Emily Maitlis in the first place'

The New York Times claimed that many of the royal's statements were 'defensive, unpersuasive or just plain strange.'

Mark Landler, writing in the paper, said that Prince Andrew should have learned from from the past experiences of his brother Prince Charles and his late sister-in-law Princess Diana.

Landler cited Prince Charles' infamous Jonathan Dimbleby interview in 1994, where he confessed unfaithfulness to Diana and Diana's subsequent interview with Martin Bashir in which she said that 'there were three of us in this marriage,' a reference to Camilla Parker Bowles.

The Times journalist also mentioned Prince Harry's recent discussions of his familial difficulties while on tour in South Africa with the Duchess of Sussex.

 

The Washington Post

Prince Andrew's Epstein interview roundly panned: 'nuclear explosion level bad' 

Prince Andrew's Epstein interview roundly panned: 'nuclear explosion level bad'

Prince Andrew's Epstein interview roundly panned: 'nuclear explosion level bad'

The Washington Post's quote was attributed to royal expert Charlie Proctor, editor of the Royal Central website.

'I expected a train wreck,' tweeted Mr Proctor. 'That was a plane crashing into an oil tanker, causing a tsunami, triggering a nuclear explosion level bad.'

Mark Borkowski, a public relations and crisis consultant, told the paper his advice to the Prince would have been to '100 percent absolutely not' do the interview.

'There was absolutely no reason for him to take such a leap of faith,' the PR expert told the Post.

Borkowski claimed that rather than douse the controversy it had fanned the flames and said some of Prince Andrew's language was 'unforgivable.'

 

The Sunday Independent

'I didn't sleep with teen, I was at Pizza Express,' says prince 

The Irish newspaper the Sunday Independent called it 'an unprecedented 60-minute interview'

The Irish newspaper the Sunday Independent called it 'an unprecedented 60-minute interview'

The Irish newspaper, the Sunday Independent, also zeroed in on the Prince's claims that he had been at a Pizza Express in Surrey on one of the night's Virginia Roberts alleges they were together.

It also outlined the Duke of York's position that the claim by Ms Roberts that she had been with him 'dancing at Tramp nightclub could not be true because he suffered from a medical condition that stopped him perspiring.'

Patrick Sawyer wrote: 'The duke threatened to reignite the controversy over his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein - the convicted sex offender - when he declared he had no regrets over their friendship.'

 

Le Monde

Epstein Affair: Prince Andrew's 'Pizza Alibi'

Epstein Affair: Prince Andrew's 'Pizza Alibi'

Epstein Affair: Prince Andrew's 'Pizza Alibi'

French daily Le Monde called it an 'exceptional' interview by the second son of the Queen.

It referred to Emily Maitlis as an 'uncompromising' interviewer and said that the Duke of York 'vigorously denied' having sex with Ms Roberts.

It outlined parts of Prince Andrew's alibi: his inability to sweat, his taking Princess Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking and the infamous photo in which he said was unlikely to have taken place in London because he was not wearing a suit.

 

The Herald Sun

Prince's Pizza Alibi 

Melbourne paper the Herald Sun went for the 'Prince's Pizza Alibi' in its article on the 'train wreck interview'

Melbourne paper the Herald Sun went for the 'Prince's Pizza Alibi' in its article on the 'train wreck interview'

Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun claimed that the interview had 'shocked Brits as he appeared to contradict himself several times, laughed nervously while discussing the notorious child abuser and claimed to never have been a 'party prince.''

The Australian paper cited royal expert Richard Fizwilliams who called it one of the 'biggest royal PR disasters ever.'

 

Aftonbladet

Prince Andrew watched in TV interview: 'Like seeing a man in quicksand' 

Prince Andrew watched in TV interview: 'Like seeing a man in quicksand'

Prince Andrew watched in TV interview: 'Like seeing a man in quicksand'

Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet referred to the 'very rare' interview with a British royal and quoted various experts from the UK, one of whom called it 'catastrophic.'

'How Prince Andrew will now clear up the situation remains to be seen,' writes Kerstin Nilsson for the paper. 'The British court is quiet. Very quiet.'

 

Der Spiegel

Prince Andrew shows himself to be repentant - and unaware 

Prince Andrew shows himself to be repentant - and unaware

Prince Andrew shows himself to be repentant - and unaware

Der Spiegel said: 'Time and again, footage had surfaced showing Andrew with Epstein or at his New York estate - even after the multimillionaire had already served his first jail sentence for the allegations.'

It focused on the Duke of York's remorse at having stayed with Epstein after he was convicted.

 

ABC News (Australia)

Prince Andrew's Jeffrey Epstein interview veered from excruciating to bizarre 

ABC News Australia said: 'Prince Andrew's Jeffrey Epstein interview veered from excruciating to bizarre'

ABC News Australia said: 'Prince Andrew's Jeffrey Epstein interview veered from excruciating to bizarre'

The broadcaster's website article said: 'It was supposed to be a sit-down interview to draw a line under months of critical coverage of his friendship with the billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

'It did the opposite; the Duke of York came across as devoid of any self-awareness when he insisted it was "convenient" and "honourable" to stay at Epstein's home even after the New York financier was convicted of sex crimes.'

 

Le Figaro 

Jeffrey Epstein Affair: Prince Andrew's Clumsy Defence 

Jeffrey Epstein Affair: Prince Andrew's Clumsy Defence

Jeffrey Epstein Affair: Prince Andrew's Clumsy Defence

French daily Le Figaro said that Prince Andrew had achieved a 'notable feat' in 'dethroning Brexit and the election campaign' from the front pages of the British newspapers.

It called the interview a 'high-risk exercise that did not necessarily yield the expected results.'

 

La Vanguardia

Prince Andrew admits he was wrong to stay at Epstein's house 

Prince Andrew admits he was wrong to stay at Epstein's house: Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reporting on the interview over the weekend

Prince Andrew admits he was wrong to stay at Epstein's house: Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reporting on the interview over the weekend

 

NZ Herald

'Baffling' moment in Prince Andrew's BBC interview 

'Baffling' moment in Prince Andrew's BBC interview: In a comment piece for the New Zealand Herald, Daniela Elser wrote: 'Towards the end of the interview when Andrew dropped a sentence that was truly mind-blowing: "Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming?" ... It was over in moments but it said it all. That Andrew felt that Epstein's behaviour - a man who was facing sex trafficking charges and was a convicted sex offender - was simply "unbecoming" is extraordinary.'

'Baffling' moment in Prince Andrew's BBC interview: In a comment piece for the New Zealand Herald, Daniela Elser wrote: 'Towards the end of the interview when Andrew dropped a sentence that was truly mind-blowing: "Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming?" ... It was over in moments but it said it all. That Andrew felt that Epstein's behaviour - a man who was facing sex trafficking charges and was a convicted sex offender - was simply "unbecoming" is extraordinary.'

In her comment piece for the NZ Herald, Daniela Elser chose to focus on a 'baffling' moment in Prince Andrew's interview in which he had referred to Epstein's behaviour as 'unbecoming.'

Elser wrote: 'Perhaps one of the biggest takeaways was the lack of sympathy that Andrew expressed for Epstein's victims, and nowhere was that clearer than in one exchange, just seconds long, that told us everything we need to know about the royal's attitude to the entire situation.

'It was towards the end of the interview when Andrew dropped a sentence that was truly mind-blowing: "Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming?"

'"Unbecoming?" Maitlis shot back, seeming amazement and disbelief written on her features. "He was a sex offender."

'It was over in moments but it said it all. That Andrew felt that Epstein's behaviour - a man who was facing sex trafficking charges and was a convicted sex offender - was simply "unbecoming" is extraordinary.'

Prince Andrew's clangers during the Newsnight interview

During the interview the duke denied he slept with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Epstein's alleged sex slave, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage.

He said one encounter in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party. 

The same alleged sexual liaison, which the American said began with the royal sweating profusely as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually wrong, the duke said, as he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat. 

Prince Andrew twice stated his relationship with Epstein had provided 'seriously beneficial outcomes', giving him the opportunity to meet people and prepare for a future role as a trade envoy.

And he cast doubt on the authenticity of a picture that appears to show Andrew with his arm around the waist of Ms Roberts, when a teenager.

The royal said: 'From the investigations that we've done, you can't prove whether or not that photograph is faked or not because it is a photograph of a photograph of a photograph.

'So it's very difficult to be able to prove it but I don't remember that photograph ever being taken.'

He expressed regret at making contact with Epstein in 2010 - flying to New York to say in person the friendship was over - after the 66-year-old had been released from an 18-month prison term for prostituting minors. 

International media ridicules Prince Andrew for BBC interview

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