During his regular phone-in with LBC radio on Tuesday, Boris Johnson defended Prince Andrew .
RT reports: Virginia Roberts claimed she was forced to have sex with the Prince several times by the convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17.
Buckingham Palace issued three statements strenuously denying the claims.
The Palace broke protocol, whereby they normally refrain from comment. Palace aids called the allegations “lurid and deeply personal.”
“Prince Andrew, let’s be very clear, is a guy who does a huge amount of unsung, unheralded work for this country,” Johnson told LBC.
“People, they go on about the air miles and so on, actually I have seen that guy get out there and sell this country, try and help British firms to get business around the world.”
“He does a huge amount of good and a huge amount of hard work. So if you are asking me whether I have sympathy for him, of course I do.”
The Mayor added: “We may think it’s bizarre, but somebody who is the second son of the Queen is felt in many parts of the world to be an interesting and significant figure and they will receive him cordially and people who come with him they want to hear what business suggestions they have.”
“So I think that people should respect that side of his work.”
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