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Wednesday’s newspapers spell further trouble for Prince Andrew

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As Wednesday’s newspapers head to print, the Duke of York yet faces further anguish after he is named in further court documents opened in the United States.

The Sun leads with a front page splash detailing allegations made by Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot.

The testimony claims that the Duke of York has travelled on Epstein’s private jet at some point.

The pilot does not allege any wrongdoing by Prince Andrew on the plane.

These stories will no doubt cause further headaches for Buckingham Palace who has issued numerous statements regarding Andrew’s former friendship with Epstein.

The Duke of York has denied all accusations of wrongdoing for many years, having been heavily scrutinised for his relationship with Epstein. 

New pictures were published in the Mail on Sunday a few days ago showing Andrew in Epstein’s Manhattan mansion. These images were taken in 2010, this was after the billionaire had served an 18-month prison sentence for soliciting a minor for prostitution.

On Monday, the Duke reacted to the stories for the first time, with a spokesperson saying: “The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes.

“His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

In 2011 the Duke apologised for his friendship and was forced to step down as the UK special representative for trade and investment.

Epstein was facing federal sex trafficking charges in New York, however, news emerged of his death on Saturday morning.

The disgraced financier killed himself in his Manhattan cell just a few hours after the new court documents were opened.