Prince Andrew’s daughter Princess Beatrice has “absolutely no recollection” of her father attending the infamous Pizza Express birthday party, the same night he was alleged to have had sex with Virginia Roberts, according to a new report by the Daily Mail.
The royal previously dismissed the latter’s allegations in a “car crash” interview with the BBC, stressing that there was no truth to Roberts’ claims because he had dropped his daughter off at the gathering on March 10, 2001.
“That couldn’t have happened because the date being suggested — the 10th of March — I was at home with the children,” he said.
“I’d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at about 4 or 5 in the afternoon. And then because the Duchess was away, we have a simple rule in the family that when one is away the other is there.”
But a Daily Mail investigation has since uncovered that the Princess doesn’t recall her father attending the birthday bash while the family who hosted the gathering followed suit by insisting that they also don’t remember Andrew being in attendance.
Roberts, who was just 17 years old when she met the Prince, asserts that on the aforementioned date, she partied with the Duke of York at Tramp nightclub, before heading back to Ghislaine Maxwell’s home. Andrew claims to have met Jeffrey Epstein through Maxwell, Epstein's then-girlfriend.
Roberts alleged she was pressured into having sex with Epstein’s friends on multiple occasions, adding that her sexual encounters with Andrew took place on three occasions between 1999 and 2002 — in New York, London and the infamous Caribbean island formerly owned by the deceased sex offender.
In a shocking twist of events, the royal protection officer who was on duty that weekend has died, a source revealed, and members of the Duke’s staff insist they don’t remember his whereabouts on the evening where he was alleged to have met up with Roberts.
On the day Andrew claimed to have attended the Pizza Express party, a family diary revealed he also had a manicure appointment booked that same afternoon.
A statement from the parents of the girl who threw the bash admitted that while Beatrice celebrated with them, there were no photos taken at the event, which would have made it easier to distinguish whether or not Andrew was present or not.
“We had made a deliberate decision from the outset not to take photographs of, or around, Bea as it seemed to be permanently open season among some parents who indulged in this sport," the parents said.
“The party was almost 20 years ago. We were living in Woking and had two daughters at prep school there. Not only were their birthdays celebrated in Pizza Express but almost every beginning of term, end of term and half-term. Pizza Express was just the place they liked to go for their treats.”
Following the bombshell interview with the BBC, Andrew has stepped down from frontline royal duties and is believed to have avoided calls from investigators to discuss his ties with Epstein following Maxwell’s arrest in July.
Instead, he’s only been willing to cooperate through written statements, Daily Mail reports.