Prince Andrew offered £75m to take TV lie detector test over Epstein friendship

Prince Andrew has been offered a £75 million payday if he agrees to take a lie detector test about his former friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Celebrity biographer and journalist Ian Halperin, who famously predicted the death of Michael Jackson, said: "If (Andrew) is as innocent as he says he is, he passes and it clears his name. It is a great way for him to vindicate himself in 45 minutes."

He says he is willing to pay the troubled Prince $100million – equivalent to roughly £73.3m – if he agrees to "to come clean and take a polygraph test with a world-leading polygraph examiner".

Halperin told the Daily Mail: "It will be a pay per view event, hopefully, the biggest pay per view in history, where Andrew gets $100million for just turning up and taking the test."

The writer added: "So it is a win-win for him and he would be able to make a donation to victims of child sex trafficking.

"It would make him look great.

"Nobody has ever made that amount of money for 45 minutes of work."

Halperin added that the prince would even be provided with professional hairstylists and make-up artists to ensure he looked his best.

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Fortunately for the makeup artists, Andrew has previously claimed he cannot sweat due to an "overdose of adrenaline" he suffered when he was shot at during the Falklands War, and so any concealer use would be at a minimum.

If Prince Andrew agreed to take part it would be his first televised interview since his disastrous head-to-head with Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis in November 2019, where he made the fateful sweat comments.

After that interview, the Duke of York reportedly considered that any criticism of his links to the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein had been laid to rest.

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During the interview, Andrew repeatedly claimed he had no knowledge of ever meeting Virginia Roberts. Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, would have been 17 at the time she now alleges she was encouraged to have sex with him by Epstein.

He also said that he continued to stay at Epstein’s home following the financier’s conviction for sex offences because he was "too honourable", and that on the last occasion he had stayed there he had attempted to break off their friendship.

Epstein died, apparently as a result of suicide, in a Manhattan federal jail cell in August 2019.

While representatives for the Prince have maintained that he is perfectly willing to be interviewed by FBI agents investigating the Epstein case, prosecutors say that Andrew has so far provided "zero cooperation" with their inquiry.

Andrew reportedly said he regretted taking part in the Newsnight interview and has allegedly told friends that he wished he had taken the opportunity to express more sympathy for Epstein's victims.

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