Ghislaine Maxwell sits on Queen's throne with Kevin Spacey after 'Prince Andrew invite' - Mirror Online

Smirking socialite Ghislaine Maxwell sat on the Queen's throne next to actor Kevin Spacey during a tour of Buckingham Palace.

A photo has emerged showing Maxwell reclining in a mock royal pose in a ceremonial red velvet chair as Spacey smiles and waves while "pretending to be the Duke of Edinburgh".

It is said the picture was taken in 2002 when the pair were on a private tour of the central London palace organised by Prince Andrew for former US president Bill Clinton.

It emerged after Maxwell, 58, was arrested by the FBI in the US town of Bradford, New Hampshire, on Thursday over allegations she helped paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, her former boyfriend, "identify, befriend and groom" girls, including one as young as 14.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Prince Andrew with Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts and Maxwell in London in 2001 (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

It is not thought that disgraced financier Epstein - Andrew's one-time friend - was on the tour when the picture was taken, reported the Telegraph, the newspaper that obtained the image.

It is said Spacey - the House of Cards actor accused but never convicted of multiple sexual offences - was Clinton's guest and Maxwell was invited by Andrew.

A source claimed: “They were larking about on the thrones, doing regal waves.

“Ghislaine sat on the Queen’s throne with Spacey pretending to be the Duke of Edinburgh.

"No one can recall if Andrew was in the throne room at the time but he was in charge of the visit.”

Maxwell is accused of grooming young girls for her paedophile partner Epstein (Image: Getty)

It is thought the picture was taken after Clinton arrived in London in September 2002 on his way to a Labour Party conference in Blackpool, where he was the guest of honour.

Spacey travelled with him to Blackpool. The pair visited Africa with Epstein on his private jet before arriving in the UK.

Epstein has previously visited Sandringham and Windsor Castle along with Maxwell as a guest of Andrew.

Maxwell was also on the flight to Africa, part of a humanitarian trip for the Clinton Foundation.

Andrew has been urged to speak to US investigators (Image: Getty Images)

Andrew, 60, has been urged to provide information in relation to the investigation after his friend Maxwell appeared in court accused of facilitating Epstein's sexual exploitation of underage girls.

He has repeatedly denied claims that he had sex on three occasions with one of Epstein's chief accusers, Virginia Giuffre, including when she was 17.

Audrey Strauss, acting US attorney for the southern district of New York, told reporters on Thursday that authorities would "welcome" a statement from the duke.

But a source close to Andrew said: "The duke's team remains bewildered given that we have twice communicated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the last month and to date we have had no response."

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Lawyers for some of Epstein's alleged victims added pressure on Andrew to speak about his friendship with Epstein, who took his own life in a New York prison last year while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Spencer Coogan said his clients were "relieved" that Maxwell, daughter of late disgraced media mogul Robert Maxwell, had finally been arrested and urged Andrew to speak up about what he witnessed while visiting Epstein's properties in New York, Palm Beach and the Virgin Islands.

British victims of Epstein, who died aged 66, have yet to come forward, a US lawyer for a compensation fund has said.

US lawyer Jordana Feldman, architect of the programme, encouraged more British women to come forward.

She said: "We believe there are victims yet to come forward around the world, including in the UK."

At a brief hearing on Thursday, a magistrate judge ordered Maxwell to remain in custody while she is transferred to New York for a detention hearing.

Ms Strauss claimed that the socialite had helped Epstein to exploit underage girls and "in some cases" would participate in the abuse herself.

Four of the six charges cover Maxwell's dealings with Epstein from 1994 to 1997, when she was in an "intimate relationship" with him, according to the indictment.

Maxwell was arrested at this property in New Hampshire last week (Image: Reuters)

These include conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

She is further charged with conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

According to the indictment, three unnamed minors were allegedly "induced and enticed" by Maxwell, who "facilitated" for them to be groomed by Esptein at properties he owned.

These include residences in New York City, Palm Beach in Florida and Santa Fe in New Mexico, as well as Maxwell's personal residence in London, prosecutors allege.

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The court papers claim that Maxwell "developed a rapport" with the alleged victims, before encouraging them to give massages to Epstein, which often resulted in him sexually abusing the girls.

One of the girls was allegedly groomed and abused in London between 1994 and 1995, with prosecutors claiming this included a period of time when Maxwell knew she was under the age of 18.

Authorities also claim that Maxwell, who is also charged with two counts of perjury, lied when being questioned under oath in 2016.

She has previously denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of sexual misconduct by Epstein.

One of his alleged victims, Ms Giuffre (nee Roberts), claims she had sex with the duke at the socialite's London townhouse in 2001.

Maxwell, who has known Andrew since university and introduced him to Epstein, features in the background of a picture which apparently shows the duke with his arm around a teenage Ms Giuffre, now 36 and living in Australia.

Ms Giuffre, who grew up in Florida, has claimed she was trafficked by Epstein and alleges the duke had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17, still a minor under US law.

Andrew categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre, while his lawyers have insisted the duke has repeatedly offered to provide a witness statement to the investigation.

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